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Forum topic by AlanJ44 posted 12-17-2015 11:24 AM 694 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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AlanJ44

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12-17-2015 11:24 AM

With the 25% sale again this weekend I’m seriously considering the model 91130. The money works out to $170.00 with tax. This will be my first adventure into the world of routers.

On first look this unit has lots of plastic which may or may not be of concern. Should it concern me?

However the frame and table seem heavy enough.

Secondly anybody else using this thing for hobby use and if so did you make any changes to improve it or even repair it?

Thanks in advance,

Alanj44

-- Alan J. Hoover, AL Keeping in mind I believe college football is only a profit center for the school.... Roll Tide!


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fuigb

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#1 posted 12-17-2015 11:48 AM

No idea. But let me be the first to make an appeal on behalf of home-grown; one can make a satisfactory router table and stand for a lot less than $170. I made a table-top version 20 years ago and have never felt that it was inadequate. Make one using scrap and maybe a quarter sheet of MDF or good quality ply. The 150 that you save will go a long way toward paying for a good router or some sweet Whiteside bits.

-- - Crud. Go tell your mother that I need a Band-aid.

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#2 posted 12-17-2015 12:18 PM



No idea. But let me be the first to make an appeal on behalf of home-grown; one can make a satisfactory router table and stand for a lot less than $170. I made a table-top version 20 years ago and have never felt that it was inadequate. Make one using scrap and maybe a quarter sheet of MDF or good quality ply. The 150 that you save will go a long way toward paying for a good router or some sweet Whiteside bits.

- fuigb

What he said!

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Redoak49

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#3 posted 12-17-2015 12:22 PM

If you can, build your own. You can learn a lot building one. You can make a simple one to start and then as your skills improve make better router table.

I have built several along the years with each getting better.
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rwe2156

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#4 posted 12-17-2015 12:28 PM

What they^ said.

Plus the router is way underpowered and most likely poor quality.
I would be curious what, if any lift system it has and how good it is.

IMO you want at least a 2HP for a table.
Most routers designed for table are over 3HP+.

Its not just the plastic that should concern you, in general I am very leery of HF ww’ing tools of any kind.

The reviews look pretty bad overall.

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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#5 posted 12-17-2015 04:57 PM


Most routers designed for table are over 3HP+.
- rwe2156

In fact all routers are designed for table with exception of maybe tiny palm routers.

-- It's nice!

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#6 posted 12-17-2015 06:19 PM

If you can build one, build one. You do not need to build a lot of drawers or a super fancy fence. A flat top that you can clamp feather boards to, and a 4 to 5 inch high fence that is straight and square to the table will do a lot of routing.

My router table is 1.50 inches thick with a laminate top. The fence is MDF. In hind sight I should have added a T slot to help hold feather boards.

Been using the same fence and table for over 12 years now. You can see hung off the table saw in MyShop picture.

-- Chris K

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#7 posted 12-17-2015 06:49 PM

Building your own is a good option. If you can’t see your way through to that, may I suggest that you spend some more and purchase this one:
http://www.grizzly.com/products/Router-Table-with-Stand/T10432

and mate it with a “real” router, perhaps this one:
http://www.amazon.com/Hitachi-M12VC-Variable-Speed-Router/dp/B0002ZZWXI

That would be closer to $250 than $170, but you would get a much better result. I have this combination and it works very well.

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#8 posted 12-17-2015 08:12 PM

I have a small cheap Cman table similar to that without the base. I think I used it twice. Then I built my own and have never looked back. On the other hand, a lot of people get by just fine with a small benchtop table.

I am actually about to list that table and a skil 1830 router with fixed and plunge bases on CL. If you’re interested, you can have the pair for $40 + shipping. I’m not gonna say you’ll fall in love but I think you’ll be just as happy as you would with the HF table and this one’s stamped steel rather than plastic. The router’s actually very nice, just underpowered.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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AlanJ44

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#9 posted 12-18-2015 03:54 AM

WOW, Thanks everyone! I’m sold my forever table router will be built by me.

Just by chance in today’s mail was the Dec/Jan issue of “Woodsmith” the cover story is a shop built Combination Router Table!! I”m thinking two or three weekends and I’ll have a sweet table with horizontal feature.

I do have to say to brtech that Grizzly table has had my eye for some time, I’m a Grizzly fan with 5 of their machines in shop so far.

And thanks for the offer HokieKen, I’ve sent you a PM on this board firming up your sale. Thanks.

And again thanks ALL

-- Alan J. Hoover, AL Keeping in mind I believe college football is only a profit center for the school.... Roll Tide!

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