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Albert

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02-15-2018 07:09 PM

My Triton router finally gave up (never liked it anyhow). What should I replace it with? I kind of like the Bosch MRF23EVS but it doesn’t seem to get very good reviews. I want to be able to adjust the height from above the table.


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Gene Howe

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#1 posted 02-15-2018 07:18 PM

I’m very happy with my PC 7518 VS motor only, mounted in a Jessem lift. Above the table adjustment is no sweat.
You might think a 3 hp motor is too big but, believe me, it’s not.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#2 posted 02-15-2018 07:37 PM

The PC 7518 and Milwaukee 5625 are top dogs. The MW has above table height adjustment.

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eflanders

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#3 posted 02-15-2018 07:39 PM

Whatever motor you get, make sure it is compatible with your lift. (Don’t ask how I learned this ok?) The Porter Cable units are very popular but do not allow for above the table adjustment. The Milwaukee units are quite popular for table use and I think they do allow for above the table adjustment???

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#4 posted 02-15-2018 08:11 PM

Having used the MW with the above the table adjustment, I find that a lift with the adjuster easier to use. Just my opinion. YMMV.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#5 posted 02-15-2018 09:49 PM

For my router table I use a PC 7518 VS motor mounted in a router lift. Rockler sells router lifts that are compatable with the PC 7518. You can buy just the PC 7518 motor only at Rockler too. I like having the power of the 3 hp motor. Iʻm sold on using router lifts.

If youʻre on a limited budget and donʻt want to invest in a router lift and are willing to use a 2.25 hp router, the PC 895PK is another good option. The kit comes with plunge and fixed bases and an adjusting knob. You would mount the plunge base on the router table and use the fixed base for other non-table routing. Removing the motor from the plunge (or fixed) base is quick and easy. It also comes with a knob to adjust the height from the top of the router table.

I have several routers in my shop so I have a dedicated router motor for my router table.

My recommendation would be to get the PC 7518 VS motor with a comparable router lift.

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#6 posted 02-15-2018 10:22 PM

I had the Triton for a few years, I hated it as well. About 3 years ago, I bought the PC 7518, It works perfectly.

-- Ken

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#7 posted 02-16-2018 02:12 AM

Another vote for the PC7518. I have mine in an Incra lift.

-- Aaron - Aspiring Craftsman

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#8 posted 02-16-2018 03:34 AM

I’d recommend the Porter Cable 7518 in a Woodpecker Quick Lift. The Dewalt router is also very good for that application. I have one in my duplicator and love it.

cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#9 posted 02-16-2018 03:56 AM

I got rid of my router table and got a shaper. I’ll never go back to a router table. I love my shaper…... Now that you need to replace your router, seems like a perfectly good time to investigate that option…...........

-- K. Stone “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” ― Benjamin Franklin

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#10 posted 02-16-2018 08:31 AM


... I kind of like the Bosch MRF23EVS but it doesn t seem to get very good reviews. I want to be able to adjust the height from above the table.

- Albert

Having just purchased the combo kit (MRC23EVSK – it comes with both the fixed and plunge base) I was a little surprised by this comment. I went to Amazon and looked at some reviews and saw a couple of bad ones, not sure what the story is and I would take them with a grain of salt…

Now I will admit, I have not used mine very much – but so far I have been very pleased with it. I like Bosch (I also have their 1617 and the Colt) and I read a Fine WoodWorking review Tool Guide, Winter 2017) where they rated it Editors Choice, Best Overall (actually tied with the Milwaukee 5616-20). What really sold me was it had the best runout – .001”

However, for a router table – as others have mentioned, I would go with the Porter Cable. You can buy just the motor (75182 ) and I would use it with a lift. (I have the INCRA MAST-R-LIFT II) A little expensive all in all, but no regrets

https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B0007SXHXM/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1

https://www.incra.com/router_system_accessories-mast-r-lift-ii.html

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MJCD

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#11 posted 02-17-2018 01:40 PM

I know the entire woodworking world will recommend the PC-7518/9; however, I’ll recommend the 2.5hp PC-892 – it’s all the power you need, less expensive, quieter, and weighs considerably less than its bigger brother – your table has to support the extra weight.

IMO… no one should be taking a cut requiring a 3.5hp motor – it’s just not safe. Also, I’ve found the 7518/9 to be among the loudest, most irritating routers I’ve used – the Bosch MRC23EVS – just as powerful and more ergonomic, is much quieter.

If you think you need 3.5hp, I’d go with the big Bosch – effortless power.

MJCD

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#12 posted 02-17-2018 02:11 PM


I know the entire woodworking world will recommend the PC-7518/9; however, I ll recommend the 2.5hp PC-892 – it s all the power you need, less expensive, quieter, and weighs considerably less than its bigger brother – your table has to support the extra weight.

IMO… no one should be taking a cut requiring a 3.5hp motor – it s just not safe. Also, I ve found the 7518/9 to be among the loudest, most irritating routers I ve used – the Bosch MRC23EVS – just as powerful and more ergonomic, is much quieter.

If you think you need 3.5hp, I d go with the big Bosch – effortless power.

MJCD

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JackDuren

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#13 posted 02-17-2018 02:13 PM

If it’s going to stay in the router table get the 3-3.5 hp. Not sure if PC or Bosch can be adjusted from the top…

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moke

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#14 posted 02-17-2018 04:05 PM

When I was putting together my table-lift-router, I noted that the PC 7518 fit into the lifts and a lot of the others needed some sort of adapter…..that was a subtle statement to me. Yes it is louder, but no louder than my DC, and maybe more power than you need, but when is more power a bad thing?

I have a second table and router on a cheaper lift, it is the Bosch 1617. It is a very close second, but then it is not my go to set up either. In reality, you could make either one work for you.

-- Mike

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JackDuren

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#15 posted 02-17-2018 04:55 PM

Is Bosch the only one still adjustable without a lift from above the table?
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