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I love my Router Boss!

I love my Router Boss!

08-12-2009 08:04 PM by Rick | 55 comments »

I’m a perfectionist. I only have a few projects under my belt but each one has been seems to be a leap in quality from the last. I was wanting to do dovetails, lots of inlay and complex joinery. I wanted to do it all but it seemed like I was going to be making alot of router jigs, bandsaw jigs and table saw jigs. I didn’t want to spend all of my time making jigs though. I wanted to spend it making these projects I see in my head. In my head they’re perfect and I won...

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Festool CMS Router Table, A lot of money, a lot of design issues

Festool CMS Router Table, A lot of money, a lot of design issues

10-29-2012 12:24 AM by Chris Wright | 35 comments »

So, I had the opportunity to play with the new CMS Router table that Festool just brought to America. Now, I’m not a big Festool fan to start with, I agree that there tools are well made and dust collection is top notch, I just feel they are greatly over priced when there are numerous other options available. The CMS I feel is another example. The one we have set up is the stand alone complete set (retail price $1600), in the box is a table with folding legs, the router lift plate, a...

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Bosch Trim Router

Bosch Trim Router

03-05-2009 01:55 PM by Moron | 33 comments »

I bought this little router at HD as my 25 year old, never failed me, Black and Decker trim router was sounding like it was about to puke. I didnt look at prices as I am somewhat a believer in “buy once” ...then “cry once” then never cry again so it wasnt the least expensive one there. I use my trim router a lot, mostly for routing in butt hinges then clean it up with a chisel, same for inlaid bowties and “trimming” veneer and plastics etc., On first, se...

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Triton 3 1/4 HP under table review

Triton 3 1/4 HP under table review

02-10-2010 12:17 AM by Craftsman on the lake | 32 comments »

Addendum to this review 10/28/2010: A problem is being solved regarding below.You should read these addendums up from the bottom.After many months I finally decided to replace the nylon rack with the new steel one triton sent me (see previous addendums). Disassembly wasn’t to bad, about an hour in all to replace the part. I’ve been using this router in my table for a long time now even with the defective fine adjustment part. I find it ideal for table use. I can’t speak for ...

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So much more than a "laminate trimmer on steriods".

So much more than a "laminate trimmer on steriods".

04-23-2011 07:55 PM by Gord Graff | 31 comments »

Hi All. If you’re in the market for a compact router kit that’s loaded with features, you owe it to yourself to check out DeWalt's new DWP611PK. This compact router kit easily exceeded my expectations for a compact router kit of this size and price range, read on and find out why. The Motor: The 7amp, 1 1/4HP soft-start variable speed motor delivers plenty of power for a myriad of routing tasks and the full-time electronic feedback maintains motor speed throughout ever...

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Triton Router Catches fire.  Helpful Customer Service.

Triton Router Catches fire. Helpful Customer Service.

01-03-2011 07:22 PM by Ken90712 | 28 comments »

For those of you that read my safety in the shop post, Thank-you for all the kind thoughts and words! http://lumberjocks.com/topics/23154 I will be replacing my fire Extinguisher today, glad I have them. First let me say, I have Love my Triton router that I bought in March. I was so bummed all weekend when it caught on fire Fri. It took me a while to find a service center on line, as there is only one Authorized Service Center for Triton in the country, in Fair Haven Mich. Of course wit...

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Sloppy plunge

Sloppy plunge

04-05-2010 09:51 PM by mcase | 28 comments »

Dear Jocks, I recently Bought the 893pk router package from Porter-Cable. The plunge base had so much slop in the slide that it was a joke. I sent the following inquiry to Porter-Cable and was automatically redirected to the stock answer page. In the common interest I wish to share the following. To Porter Cable: I recently purchased the 893pk router package. I discovered that the 8931 plunge base has 1/32” of slop in the bushing on the secondary guide rod. I went back to the store a...

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Does Not Compare To Dewalt

Does Not Compare To Dewalt

05-22-2013 05:31 PM by pintodeluxe | 26 comments »

The 1617 has rave reviews, so I thought I might give it a try. The base is tricky to release, because you have to align the tabs, then twist the router together. The old version had a magnesium motor case, but this is the newer version with an aluminum motor case. I played with both versions at the store, and the aluminum version is an improvement, but not as smooth or easy to operate as my Dewalt 618. The switch is known to fail frequently, and mine works intermittently. I guess the r...

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Triton Upgrades Their Above Table Micro-Adjuster Worm Gear

Triton Upgrades Their Above Table Micro-Adjuster Worm Gear

03-08-2011 02:42 AM by HorizontalMike | 25 comments »

I have had my Triton 3 1/4hp router since last June 2010 and did not get to use it much until the last couple of months. I mounted this router on my TS extension and drilled the appropriate hole in the cast iron router extension and was good to go. The lifting mechanism worked well at first and then began to slip and eventually failed to lift, though adjustments could still be made when lowering via the above-table micro-adjuster. I called HTC-Triton (HTC are the new owners) in Michigan ...

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Festool 1400 Router - Yea, it's better

Festool 1400 Router - Yea, it's better

02-03-2012 06:42 PM by richgreer | 25 comments »

I discovered that there is no review of this router on this website so I decided to add one. I know that Festool tools are a little controversial. They are expensive. Some of us who own them have been called “Festfools”. In my case, I was able to buy this router used for a reasonable price that was just a little more than I would pay for a comparable new router from a different manufacture. I decided to do part of this review on a comparative basis. I will compare t...

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