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Forum topic by Dick, & Barb Cain posted 01-14-2007 06:35 PM 5929 views 0 times favorited 35 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Dick, & Barb Cain

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01-14-2007 06:35 PM

Obi suggested that I give a review on my Dewalt DW 625. After giving it some thought I decided that giving a review of my Router is kind of redundant.
My beliefs are that most high end Routers that you can buy these days are pretty well designed, & built. I think a Router is basically a motor with a base, handles, & collet, also Amperage, Horsepower means a lot. When I buy a Router I examine the features that I like, & _I don’t much care what the brand name is, usually the price tag is the biggest factor in my book. _That means I can afford more bits, & even more Routers. It’s nice not having to change setups.

Another thing though, I bought a cheap router from Harbor Freight for my Logman tenon maker, because it had the power I needed, plus once you make the adjustments during setup it stays attached all ready to go when needed. This router has been good for this use. So it depends on what you’re using the Router for, makes a difference on your selection.

And Obi, all I can tell you is that my Dewalt has been a great Router.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1


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Obi

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#1 posted 01-14-2007 06:48 PM

Thanks Dick.
The reason these things are important is because I’ve got three routers and still need one more to fit the custom Router Table I bought.

Router #1 Milwaukee 2-1/4 hp single speed (Was a gift) Does not work with large router bits because you need to be able to slow it down. Has a jerky start, kind of makes me nervous

Router #2 Hitachi 2-1/4 hp variable speed, fixed base. Better, I can slow it down, but needed something for when I want to Mortise or whatever else you need a plunge router for

Router #3 Ryobi 2 Peak HP Plunge Router – Factory Reconditioned $50.00 I havent used it yet

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dennis mitchell

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#2 posted 01-14-2007 07:02 PM

Thanks Dick. What I need is a router that can hold up to daily use. I have 1/2 dozen porta-cable routers. I like a simple router. It turns on and off, goes up and down. I can do the quick change to the plunge base for more complicated processes. I had a buddy who bought a router and wanted me to show him how to work it. (it was a cheap plunge router) It was very complitcated. Took along time to set up. We got it to work, but sometimes designers are just selling bells and whisles to people who don’t need them. So thats my two bits. Keep it simple. If you need to read the directions the router is too complicated! I have been happy with my dewalt tools also.

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#3 posted 01-14-2007 07:05 PM

The Dewalt would be good for this. It has soft start, & it variable. My main use for it has been in a table. I made my table top so it tilts for adjusting. I made a large adjusting Knob for the adjusting screw. I’ll take a picture for you.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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#4 posted 01-14-2007 07:08 PM

O.K. I want one

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#5 posted 01-14-2007 07:58 PM

I bought a DeWalt router set, but mine is the DW618PK. This set has a fixed base and a plunge router base. My previous router exposure was to my dad’s Sears router. The DeWalt is much quieter, variable speed, and handles both 1/4” and 1/2” shanks. So far it has been a great machine.

-- Bill, Turlock California, http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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#6 posted 01-14-2007 09:54 PM

I have some questions for you, Dick. My father gave me the DW 625 after he got a good deal on it but didn’t use it much. I’ve used it a few times as a hand-held and I’d like to put it in a table. It seems big to me to be a hand-held, but I guess that’s the trade off for power.

I’m not a big guy, but I find it takes a lot of force to plunge the router. So much so that it’s difficult to plunge and keep the movement of the tool steady. This is my first plunger router though, my only other router experience has been with an old fixed Sears router. So do you find it to be comparable with other plunge routers you’ve used?

I’m not really fond of the soft-start feature. I expect the torque on startup, the soft-start feature kind of delays that and I find I’m not ready for it. The variable speed is definitely a nice feature and the up- and down-stop adjustments are straightforward, even for a less-experienced user like me.

Some interesting (if strangely written) comments on putting this router in a table:
http://www.patwarner.com/plunge_or_fixed.html

-Tim

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#7 posted 01-14-2007 11:16 PM

Ok, I need to point you all to one of the best routers available on the market. It’s an Australian designed product that has received rave reviews from recreational woodworkers and professionals alike.

It’s particularly designed for table use, but serves as a great hand-held if you don’t mind its heavy build. For those that want a lighter version for hand-held use, it also comes in a smaller copy.

I’ve used both models, and have owned the larger version for over four years. It’s a great router with some very important safety features not generally available in other brands.

Here’s two good product reviews. Review #1 Review #2

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://dpb-photography.me/

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#8 posted 01-14-2007 11:26 PM

That does look like a great Router. It’s a funny thing, Fine Woodworking just had a review of Routers & Thee Triton was shown first. I like the raising mechanism. Some more to look at.
http://www.taunton.com/finewoodworking/ProjectsAndDesign/ProjectsAndDesignPDF.aspx?id=27782

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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#9 posted 01-14-2007 11:32 PM

I don’t think weight is a problem with hand held Routers. Your not holding them up anyhow. Heft stabilizes them with less vibration, & bounce.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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#10 posted 01-15-2007 12:41 AM

Here’s my Router mounted to a hinged top table. I purchased the table top from Rockler. The hinged top makes it easier to change bits, & you can eyeball down the top while adjusting the height. Notice my adjusting mechanism. I brazed a nut to a piece of 3/4’ conduit. Then made a turning knob, & epoxied it to the conduit.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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#11 posted 01-15-2007 01:05 AM

Good old Yankee ingenuity!

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://dpb-photography.me/

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#12 posted 03-15-2007 03:34 AM

I’ve got a Porter-Cable 693. I’m happy with it so far, but I haven’t used it all that much. I paid around $200 for it. Now I see that one of the big-box stores (I’ll omit the name so as not to be an advertisement for any given company) is selling the Porter-Cable 893PK (2 1/4 HP w/ fixed and plunge bases) for $189 plus you get a $50 gift card by mail. If you’re in the market for a new router, that’s a deal that’s hard to pass up unless you want a 3 HP model.

-- Joshua, Olathe, Kansas

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#13 posted 03-15-2007 04:03 AM

I just purchased a Bosch 1619EVS router about a month ago. I should probably do a blog post of my research if people want. Briefly though, The Triton has been rated very high and is a good router but I didn’t buy it for three main reasons. First, I don’t have anyone local to service the product. Second, people have raised concerns that it is too top heavy when using it out of a table, and three, I read concerns that when mounted it in a table, the router didn’t raise high enough for things like panel bits.

Porter Cable is one of my favorite products and I have a 1.5 HP router but I spoke with a friend who teaches wood shop at a local high school, and he stated that Porter Cable routers tend to suck air (dust) right into the motor from table mounted positions.

-- There are three types of people in the world, those who can count and those who can't!

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#14 posted 03-15-2007 04:15 AM

I used my Hitachi 2 1/4 hp Router on the raised panels I made for the coffee table and in making the 8 little panels, it was too hot to handle. I think I need a bigger router.

3 1/2 HP Variable Speed Plunge Router… Price is no object.

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#15 posted 03-15-2007 04:47 AM

Did you cut the raised panels in one cut or nibble your way in Obi.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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