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Forum topic by thumbs posted 12-12-2007 07:11 AM 928 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-12-2007 07:11 AM

Am getting a new router table together and have had a hard time finding out one particular thing. I want a router in the 3 1/2 hp range and also one that you can change bits from the top of table. I have found some like the Milwaukee 5625 with through the base depth control, but not bit changing capability. I want both. I have seen it in smaller routers, but not this size. I am trying to avoid having to purchase a lift and think this will work. I am certainly not an experienced ww on the router table so if this idea isn”t any good please let me know. I have used a homemade table w/a real small Milwaukee under it for years and want to move up. Also would appreciate any suggestions on a table brand with a good fence. Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Edit—-Found the Freud 3000 plunge with both adjustments. Does anybody have any experience or suggestions regarding this router. Also have looked at the Kreg table and fence and it looks good, Any comments pro or con?

-- Mitakuya Oyasin

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#1 posted 01-24-2008 08:51 AM

I have the 2.25 hp Freud in my router table and find the above the table top adjustment and bit change out to work fine. Maybe one day I’ll get a lift, but it is low in my list of wants.

-- DaveH - Boise, Idaho - “How hard can it be? It's only wood!”

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#2 posted 01-24-2008 10:47 AM

Check this one out,Triton, I think it’s the best.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#3 posted 01-24-2008 12:02 PM

Here is a fellow LJ’s review of the Porter Cable.

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#4 posted 01-25-2008 08:50 AM

I really like my bosch 1617 kit with plunge base and fixed base, which stays under the table. The way the fixed base is designed, you can adjust the bit hight from above the table. I have also heard really good things about the triton, and of course Porter Cable is the classic but read the reviews because even some of the new PC’s have some problems. I have heard some not so great things about the Freud.

Get an issue of “Tools and Shops,” the annual magazine which posts all of the reviews. All current models are compared side by side with tons of great information.

-- Happy woodworking!

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