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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 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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Who needs a lift?

Who needs a lift?

02-09-2008 11:16 PM by CharlieM1958 | 23 comments »

After starting a forum topic recently to solicit opinions about what type of variable-speed router I should buy to leave mounted in my table for the most part, I eventually decided to go with the Trtion MOF001KC 2 1/4 HP plunge router. I thought hard about going with a more powerful motor, but I decided that my needs at the present time just didn’t justify it. If I decide I need something bigger later on, I figured the 2 1/4 would still be a dandy machine to have around for handheld wo...

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It's about value: lots of little things included, PC compatibility

It's about value: lots of little things included, PC compatibility

02-04-2010 05:51 AM by thiel | 13 comments »

If you compare this router set to others, you might say that it’s only slightly less expensive for the same power… and you’d be right—UNTIL you look at the included accessories. This router includes a clear base (which you’ll want), a centering jig (which allows you to align the bit perfectly—a must for dovetailing), two chucks, and dust collection ports. This accessories will cost you quite a bit if you add them after market to another brand. So… ...

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Ergonomics Make this Router Stand out in the Crowd

Ergonomics Make this Router Stand out in the Crowd

12-14-2010 08:50 PM by pintodeluxe | 9 comments »

I have read the reviews for all brands of routers that appeared in woodworking magazines or online. I have used Hitachi, Freud, Craftsman, Dewalt, and other routers. I have carefully inspected Porter Cable, Ridgid, and Makita. The fixed base is lower profile than any other 2-1/4 hp router on the market. This low center of gravity helps when forming an edge. The plunge base action is “gorgeous” as described by a fine homebuilding magazine review. The router tied for 1st place with ...

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A Router for Inlays

A Router for Inlays

03-01-2008 05:59 AM by Karson | 14 comments »

When i was asked to make the frame for mark’s Memorial I wanted to do an inlay. I’d seen a couple of small routers on the web and I’d seen what mark DeCou does for cutting the outlines on his letter carving. This router came from Steward-MacDonald. They make tools for the construction and repair of string instruments. This is their router being used for an inlay in a guitar. I bought the router as a kit which contains an air pump and an edge guide. The edge guide i...

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Porter Cable 895PK - First Impressions

Porter Cable 895PK - First Impressions

07-14-2010 03:50 AM by Hillsboro | 9 comments »

It was almost like Christmas day this afternoon: my new PC 895PK arrived care of our friends at UPS. I immediately opened the box, then the case, and then the router and plunge base from the plastic bags. Oh my! The router is a delight to look at, almost to the point where you might not want to get it dirty. Notice I said “almost.” The motor housing is very well machined and moves through the fixed base like butter. The base castings are flawless (something missing from t...

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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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Built Like A Tank

Built Like A Tank

12-01-2009 08:13 AM by knotscott | 15 comments »

I owned a 5615 fixed base a few years back, but had to sell it to finance my bigger 5625. This is one router that I actually repurchased when I saw it on sale. The 5615-24 is the 8th router I’ve owned (Craftsman 9 amp, Freud FT2000E, Milwaukee 5625, Bosch 1617, Hitachi M12VC, Freud FT1700, and PC690). It’s an extremely well built router. The motor is made in the USA and is very strong for it’s 11 amp rating …plenty strong for most applications. It’s smooth an...

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The DeWalt DWP611PK 1.25 HP Max Torque Variable Speed Compact Router

The DeWalt DWP611PK 1.25 HP Max Torque Variable Speed Compact Router

02-07-2011 05:03 AM by plantek | 7 comments »

Well by now I’m sure you’ve many things about this router. Probably more good than bad. I can say without reservation all the good things are true.I bought it about a week ago (mail order) but have been sick and haven’t had a chance to use it until this weekend.The project I cut it’s teeth on is a white oak sofa table. So far I have only done round overs, slot cutting and running a trim bit. It has performed flawlessly! The variable speed is easily adjusted on the fly....

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