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Forum topic by loosecaboose posted 03-02-2011 05:55 AM 811 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-02-2011 05:55 AM

I have a small router now, a DeWalt Laminate trimmer and want to upgrade to a full size. I am new at woodworking, and it will be used only at home for home projects. Is it worth the extra money to buy a 2 1/4 instead of a 1 3/4 horse powered unit? I don’t see me doing any real heavy or large projects, but I have recently worked in oak. My small trimmer did round over the edges without a problem and not bogging done.
Do you gain that much with the higher power?

-- Tom, Baldwin City, KS

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#1 posted 03-02-2011 06:01 AM

I cant tell the difference when I use them, I have two porter-cable 690’s (1 3/4) and when I tried my friend’s new porter-cable 2 1/4hp router, I was curious, actually paying attention, and couldnt tell the difference. by the way, my porter cables are 17 years old and 4 years old, and in all that time they didnt change the design at all, i guess they had it right from the start, they both run perfectly. if you can find one used, buy it. also nice that you can get any style base for it, and put it in a nice router lift, I swap mine around all the time.

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#2 posted 03-02-2011 06:12 AM

I 2nd the pc 690 s . For the tasks you describe that is all youll ever need.

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#3 posted 03-02-2011 07:00 AM

Thanks, I kind of was thinking about those lines. Good to hear it from experienced people. And, by spending less money now, I will be able to buy a miter saw sooner!

-- Tom, Baldwin City, KS

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