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Forum topic by OSB posted 12-22-2016 01:52 AM 1442 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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12-22-2016 01:52 AM

I bought a single column stand alone pin router in pretty good condition. It is not something you need a Shopsmith machine to attach it to.

I have to say I am both surprised and impressed with the machine. I haven’t used it yet but I have seen some work it has done and it didn’t exhibit any chatter, the lines were straight which tells me the structure is rigid enough to avoid flex. That is impressive because I was surprised by the weight. With table top, base and router motor it is easy for me to pick up, probably less than 50 pounds.

In my application I want to mount it to my table saw so the arm swings over my router table wing and I can use either router to hold the pin for template on top or template on bottom. I think it will work out pretty well.

Another surprising thing about it is the dovetail the router is plunged with (think of the quill on a drill press). For a 30+ year old tool, it is moving very smooth and is tight on the jib. Very nice except it doesn’t have a lock, the previous owner was locking it by over tightening one of the jibs. I might have to do something about that.

The arm and the piece that holds the column are aluminum or some other nonferrous metal, a magnet does not stick. The column is steel but pretty thin wall.

A nice thing about the column is that the diameter is 2.75”, the same as many drill press columns. I am going to try to buy a small bench drill press with the same column diameter and then I will be able to clamp the router arm below the drill portion but above the table rack and pinion collar and then I will have a nice adjustable table to mount the pin on for small jobs that I want to do at closer to eye level and a drill press for small drilling jobs at my workbench.

Any way, these are all things that I didn’t know before I bought it. If I had known earlier I would have been more anxious to get one.

The proof of the pudding is in actually using it but I will do that soon enough.

One thing I’m going to do is make some 3” exhaust tube collars to slip over the column as a stop to set the arm height at a few useful settings. With all that I will be able to use it three ways, with the original base, table saw height and drill press height.

I got mine with a Milwaukee router motor for $100 which I think was a great deal.

This opens up a lot of projects like electric guitar solid bodies, speaker cabinets with easy recessed driver openings, projects with lots of curves, this is really a very versatile tool.


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#1 posted 12-23-2016 05:59 PM

It was just pointed out to me in a PM that the lever for adjusting the router height acts as a stop when you tighten it. The previous owner got it wrong and I was about to do the same.

I wanted to add a nut so I could stop the lever from spinning without bottoming the threads, it’s a good thing I didn’t do that.

So it does have a stop, I hope it works well in use.

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