wich router for my routertable?

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Forum topic by Greedo posted 09-18-2010 08:35 AM 3941 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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09-18-2010 08:35 AM

hello fellows, i am in the process of building my first router table (can see on the pic) and i am wondering wich of my current routers i should use in it.
router router table

from left to right there is a Bosch GOF 1300 (1300 watts, hp isn’t used to define router power in europe so i have no idea of the hp) in the middle there is my first ever router, a Bosch POF 1200w (the green Bosch tools aren’t sold in the states i believe, they are cheaper but not for professional use)
and at the right my Bosch GOF 900w

let me first specify that i do have a 3,5 HP shaper, so that i do not directly intend to ever use the router table for heavy work such as raising panels. it’s only that router bits are 10x less expensive than shaper tools.

the 1300w is my most powerfull router, it is second hand but had never been used. right now i use that one 60% of the time. it has micro adjusting and can take all three bit sizes (6-8-12mm) only i do not have 12mm bits or the shank.

the 1200w was my first router, it’s verry similar the two others and some parts are identical. only it’s quite noisy and has no micro adjust. i have done alot with it, but haven’t used it since i have the 2 blue ones. it can take 6 and 8mm bits

the 900w is the last one i bought, it is second hand and i think it has done quite a bit of work, it makes a squeecky noise when it stops (maybe the brushes are used?) it is lthe lightest and less powerfull, wich makes it suitable for doing the lighter work. i use it 40% of the time. it takes 6 and 8 mm bits.

i am leaning towards using the 1200w in the table, even though the other two routers are better i don’t feel like seeing them disappear under the table. i know that ideally i should buy a new more powerfull one, any uggestions on that side are welcome aswell (brands that are available here: Bosch, Festool, Dewalt, Makita, Hitachi) but the big 2000W Bosch model costs around 600-700 us dollars here, and im trying to save money for a new tablesaw-shaper-mortiser-planer-jointer combination machine… thats around $9000-10000

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#1 posted 09-18-2010 09:16 AM

The best one to use is the one that is most easy to adjust hight. I have 7 PC’s and have now dedicated an 890 for the vertical table, and a 690 for the sidewise table.

Good luck.

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