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Forum topic by holsterguy posted 11-13-2015 10:10 AM 606 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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holsterguy

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11-13-2015 10:10 AM

Hoping someone out there can help me decide what router would be a good choice.
Replacing pc690 for use mainly with dovetail jig and other jobs requiring collets and very precise depths.
Trying to decide between dewalt and milwaukee. Sorry the numbers escape me.
They are both 1 3/4 hp, fixed base models. Both are fairly compact and short which should be a plus with jig use.
The thing I hate about the porter cable is the height adjustment. Too sloppy. The milwaukee has a threaded rod to adjust, the dewalt a ring.
Anyone have any preference between the two routers? And why.
Thanks.


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knotscott

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#1 posted 11-13-2015 10:25 AM

I like both of my MW routers a lot, but for dovetail work, I’ve found the Hitachi 2hp to be my favorite. It’s lighter and quieter, in addition to being a solid performer.

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holsterguy

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#2 posted 11-13-2015 10:32 AM

Thanks. I’ll keep it in mind, I have two hitachi plungers and really like them. How does the hgt. adjust? That’s my big problem with the pc. Hate the turn the motor to adjust. Fine for bearing guided cuts but…

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Fred Hargis

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#3 posted 11-13-2015 12:40 PM

I have 4 Milwaukeee routers (one’s committed to my table), 3 of them replaced 2-690s in my shop. The Milwaukee’s (mine are 1-5616, and 2-5615s, a 5625 is in the table) have some advantages: some of the PC stuff will them (wrenches, edge guide, the base holes are the same for any jigs you may have made), they switch back and forth between the plunge and fixed base much easier, and the height adjustment (fixed base) doesn’t twist the motor around. If you go back and forth between hand held and a table the fixed base has through the table adjustment built in. They also have a base plate that accepts the stand bushings….no special adapter needed. They are my favorite routers.

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timbertailor

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#4 posted 11-13-2015 01:45 PM

Bosch is really the only real choice in this price bracket. I have a US made Milwaukee but they are now made in China and their current quality reflects it. I would not recommend it.

This topic is covered at length in the Router Forums.

Good luck

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Cato

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#5 posted 11-13-2015 07:29 PM

I like the Bosch router as well and mine came with a fixed and plunge base. The PC-690 I have as well but I prefer it in the plunge base as I was never much for the height adjustment method in the twist base.

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Fred Hargis

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#6 posted 11-13-2015 09:10 PM

That’s a good point anout the Milwaukee routers being Chinese now. Mine are all “assembled in USA” (one may be from Mexico). I keep forgetting that point. I have no idea where the Bosch routers are made, but they are highly regarded.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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knotscott

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#7 posted 11-13-2015 10:06 PM



Thanks. I ll keep it in mind, I have two hitachi plungers and really like them. How does the hgt. adjust? That s my big problem with the pc. Hate the turn the motor to adjust. Fine for bearing guided cuts but…

- holsterguy

Unfortunately, the motor twists within the case for height adjust, but there is a plunge base for it.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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BasementShop

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#8 posted 11-13-2015 10:11 PM


This topic is covered at length in the Router Forums.

- timbertailor

I didn’t know that there are more than one Forum. How do you get to different Forums?

Thanks in advance for sharing.

BasementShop

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MrUnix

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#9 posted 11-13-2015 10:19 PM

I didn’t know that there are more than one Forum. How do you get to different Forums?

There are several various forums here (link at top of page for ‘show all forums’)... unfortunately, a router forum is not one of them :)

There is however http://www.routerforums.com/

Cheers,
Brad

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bigblockyeti

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#10 posted 11-13-2015 10:49 PM

I have a Milwaukee and the 690 and while the 690 is great for 99% of what I do, I agree that the height adjustment leaves a little to be desired. The precision on the Milwaukee is great and you can adjust the toggle clamp on the housing to clamp the motor as tight as you need. One other reason I particularly like my Milwaukee is the fact that mine is a D-handle which I feel gives me more control, allow me to move the center of gravity of my hand/router together back over the work when doing edge profiling and to me it’s safer.

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alittleoff

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#11 posted 11-14-2015 03:11 AM

I’m with timbertailor and Cato, I’ve got 2 bosch routers.a 1617 evspk I believe is the no. And another smaller bosch colt I think it’s called. Both routers work great, not real expensive and accessories are easy to find. I don’t do a lot of work with routers, but I think it will be hard to find anything better than bosch.
Gerald

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