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Forum topic by csifishguy posted 12-30-2010 05:47 AM 2586 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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csifishguy

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12-30-2010 05:47 AM

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I own a grizzly table saw with the router extension and do not know anything at all about routers, I want to get a router for for table saw but have no idea as to what one to get for it, maybe you can helpe choose wich one to buy??

thanks for the help


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#1 posted 12-30-2010 06:00 AM

I am using a 2 1/4 HP Bosch plunge router mounted to my router plate in my extension and it works OK. The router is great but adjusting is a bit of a pain hence the “OK”. A lift would certainly be the way to go. Let us know what you do.

-- Marc

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#2 posted 12-30-2010 06:12 AM

I have the 3 1/4hp Triton# mounted to my Grizzly G0690 w/router extension. The best part about this router is that it has its own lifting system so you do NOT have to buy one to fit your TS extension. Notice the hole I drilled in the extension for the lifting crank.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#3 posted 12-30-2010 06:13 AM

I am sorry I guess I should have said I can not put in a router lift on my table saw extension, the grizzly extension is cast iron with a round hold so a lift can not be used, unless you know of one I have not seen yet!! Hahaha

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#4 posted 12-30-2010 06:22 AM

wow thanks horizontalmike i will have to check out the triton, do you know who carries it? lowes or maybe home depot or some where else. I think this will work on mine I have a different extension I have the 1023slw grizzly table saw extension but I bet I can drill a hole like yours

thanks

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#5 posted 12-30-2010 06:46 AM

go to Home Depot, Lowes, Woodcraft, or any other place that may carry them. Look and feel the ones on display. It’s a matter of all that to each individual. That’s how a friend of mine told me to buy one. If you are going to mount it permanently in your table, (if it were me), I’d get something with a lot of amps, and a 1/2” collet. That way, you could run anything threw it. Woodcraft just had one h_ of a sale on a Freud 3 1/2hp at Christmas for 199.00… that’s a 300.00 router. Enjoy yer shopping

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#6 posted 12-30-2010 01:57 PM

My router table is mounted under my bench, not enough room to mount to my saw. I have the Porter Cable 7518 vs 3 1/2 hp in a woodpecker PRL V2 and I love it. I watched Amazon for sales and got my router for $265 and caught Woodpecker having a sale on a factory second for $200. The second was a scratch on top. Everything else was primo. I also bought a Hitachi 3 1/2 hp plunge router from Amazon for $189. I use the Hitachi more than any of the others.

If you take your time you can find some great buys out there and get a lotta bang for the buck.

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#7 posted 12-30-2010 03:34 PM

csifishguy,
I bought my Triton at WoodCraft after waiting a month for a back-ordered PC router that never came in. Check online for the best price in your area. You might be able to save paying sales tax and possibly shipping. Use the local search results (using your ZIP) to find a place to go ”put your hands on” the router.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#8 posted 12-30-2010 03:56 PM

csifishguy,
I just remembered, when choosing a location for the crank hole, choose either the 5 or 7 o’clock position for you preferred fence location. I would suggest using the 5 o’clock position (closer right, as you stand in front of the TS). That will allow you to use your TS fence for routing (with appropriate sacrificial fence attachment) while standing at the end of the TS.

My placement was by accident and I only later realized I should have thought things out BEFORE drilling the cast iron. My 7 o’clock position still allows me to use the “front” position, standing as I would in front of the TS, but I have lost the convenience of standing at the end of the TS extension (without covering up the crank hole with my dedicated router fence). The router can still be adjusted when the hole is covered, but you have to reach under the table and ”guess” how much you are raising/lowering the router, whereas the removable crank has marks for micro-adjusting.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#9 posted 12-30-2010 04:00 PM

Rethinking AGAIN, you may want something closer to a 3 o’clock position if using your TS fence. All this depends on the mounting clamps under the table extension , and they do limit you somewhat in how the router base fits.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#10 posted 12-30-2010 04:29 PM

Since it’ll be used in a table, variable speed is an important feature to have because you need to slow down the RPM for larger bits. More power is also beneficial when slowing down the speed, so I’d go with at least a 10-11 amp motor, and 13 to 15 would be better yet but not essential (note that horsepower ratings aren’t overly indicative of usable power). Above table features are also very convenient in a table router….above table bit changes, auto collet lock, above table height adjust, and above table height lock are all great above table features. The only routers I know of that offer all of those features are the Freud FT1700 and FT3000, and the two Triton routers…both well regarded. There are other excellent routers that have some, but not all of those features – Milwaukee, Bosch, Makita, PC, DeWalt, Hitachi, Craftsman, and Ridgid. Most can be easily adapted to fit your router table.

Pick one that makes sense to you, and be sure to get one that will accept 1/2” shank bits (many will offer two collets to accept both 1/4” and 1/2” shank). Then get some decent 1/2” bits.

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