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Forum topic by Zelbar posted 09-24-2009 11:05 PM 1178 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-24-2009 11:05 PM

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I am looking for a new router to put in my router table. I have an Incra router table set up. I currently have a cheap Skil unit and am having problems with the bit moving in deeper cuts and the height sometime of the router changing over a few cuts, I think it is in the way they have the housing holding the router. Between the two it makes for less and accurate cuts.

Anyways I want to remove it and will use it for other less demanding jobs.

I want a high quality, good powered unit that will just stay in the table. Option of a above the table adjustment would be good too.

Any suggestions?


-- With more power you can make toothpicks faster

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#1 posted 09-25-2009 01:43 AM

My experience of it is limited (i’ve had a De Walt DW 625 for years, but have only just bought the Incra TS-LS system and table), but something like a De Walt DW625EK fitted with a Router Raizer to allow height setting above the deck seems to be a high performing but pretty cost effective solution.

There are some good deals about for the DW625 these days. Incra can supply a router plate pre-drilled for the De Walt if needed….

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#2 posted 09-25-2009 02:03 AM

I purchased two Triton Routers a year ago. A 3 1/2 hp for my table and a 2 1/4 for hand use. Both are plunge with above the table bit change. The smaller one has above the table height adjustment.

I also have a Porter Cable 690 that I use for dovetails.

The Tritons have been great and priced substantially below the big boys.

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#3 posted 09-25-2009 02:17 AM

When I went looking I think I decided that if I were looking for a router table router that I didn’t want to dedicate to the table I’d go with the Triton or the Porter Cable 891. Both of those have built-in lifts, and should be small enough to use hand-held.

I ended up with the Porter Cable 7518 in the Jessem lift in my table, but I don’t ever plan on using that router hand-held. And that was not a price-conservative choice.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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#4 posted 09-25-2009 03:00 AM

Dan I looked at the Porter Cable 7518 it looks like a nice choice. Maybe I will see if I can get a deal on it at the wood show in a month or so. The Jessem lift looks great too.

I don’t plan on removing it from the table and while this is an expensive option I can see it lasting for many years.

Will have to do some more research. Thanks to all that replied so far I will study those suggestions too.

-- With more power you can make toothpicks faster

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#5 posted 09-25-2009 12:14 PM

Of all the routers I’ve owned and currently have, the Freud FT1700 is the most convenient to use in the table IMHO, ans is in my router table most of the time. It has excellent one handed above table bit changes, above table height adjustment, and above table height lock capabilities. At 13 amps its’ strong enough for most tasks, and has variable speed. Their FT3000 offers the same features in a 15 amp router.

My Milwaukee 5625 is a hoss, and is often top rated in the big table router class. It’s a better choice for heavy duty cuts like multiple raised panels, but it doesn’t have as many above table conveniences.

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#6 posted 11-03-2009 05:51 PM

Thanks for everyones suggestions. I purchased a Porter Cable 7518 at the Woodshow on the weekend for about 20% off the regular price. I am also going to pick up a Jessem lift for the the router table.

-- With more power you can make toothpicks faster

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