Al B Thayer said:
At one time Rockwell owned PC. They tried to compete with B and D on non professional level by putting out a lesser quality tool and nearly lost it all. Stanley B and D owns everything but a tooth paste company. If you haven't noticed the 690 does have a new thinner top and a really crappy switch. Word on the street is everybody is complaining about the switch. Al Nails only hold themselves.
The only thing I own by Porter Cable is there dove tail jig, 4212. When in college one of my instructors told us that we should buy the 690. But I could not afford. I have always wanted one, till now.
I do not like it when companies play with the quality tools, to make another side of the company to look better. I guess I should start looking at buying a 690 from an older man that has hardly ever used it.