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Camper

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05-19-2011 06:23 PM

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Hi Guys.

Did a quick search and not much came up on this router. I was wondering what you thought about the above table height adjustment capability. Is it reliable, useful? Anything you can tell me about this router is much appreciated…both pros and cons. Thanks.

The description on amazon says

Exclusive BodyGrip design features a tactile handgrip molded-inch to the base of the router
Linear depth adjustment system makes both coarse and micro-fine height adjustments quickly and accurately
Router sub-base-includes a special access hole for above-the-table depth adjustments
Package-includes 1/4- and 1/2-inch self-releasing collets

-- Tampa-FL


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#1 posted 05-24-2011 01:31 PM

The 5615 is an excellent hand router, is built like a tank, runs strong, and I personally like the BodyGrip feature a lot. However, it’s a single speed router, so isn’t a good choice for table use because you can’t slow down the big bits. They do make a 5616 that has variable speed, a bit more power, and is otherwise very similar. I run the big MW5625 router in my table on occasion and find it to be a beast…the height adjustment works well enough that I haven’t been prompted to install a lift for it.

If you really want a full compliment of above table features, check out the two Tritons and the Freud FT1700/FT3000…these are loaded with above table conveniences that no others offer AFAIK.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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Camper

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#2 posted 05-24-2011 06:20 PM

Gary, I considered getting a used one locally.

Knotscott, thanks for the link, very informative as usual. I was familiar with the Freud and Triton having the above table options but did not know Milwaukee had a line with such features. I have also seen some other favorable reviews referring the body-grip design on the web .

-- Tampa-FL

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#3 posted 05-24-2011 06:33 PM

It’s an excellent router. The table height adjustment works fine
and makes building a quickie router table real easy.

I’ve raised panels with it just fine. It’s a good router. Very good
for topside routing, but a bit on the heavy side due to the robust
build. Not everybody grabs a router by the body, but I do
and I love the bodygrip. For me, it offers superior control in
topside use for a router of it’s size.

I think I did use a speed control when raising panels with it.

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Camper

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#4 posted 05-25-2011 05:22 AM

off topic—-knottscott, my wife thinks your signature is pretty funny… :) she laughed out loud when she was looking over my shoulder

Loren, thanks for the feedback, much appreciated.

Gary, no insult taken at all.

Actually the story is, I was able to get a jointech(incra type) fence for a real good price all complete with documentation, accessories and a nice tabletop. It came with a barely used dewalt plunge router as a part of the deal. I am seriously considering building a decent router table around it and try my hand at some intricate joinery shown in the booklet to make small boxes and what not…

Even though the dewalt feels like a nice router with what seems like pretty effective dust collection, it has no mechanism for above table adjustments and the on/off button is sort of awkward for an under-the-table router. Then I came across the milwaukee and started thinking why not….

Currently I have a 1 3/4 hp Hitachi under a bench-top router table I built and I pretty much only use straight, cove and dovetail bits nothing big. I am only a amateur sawdust-maker on the weekends, that is when I can make time from family obligations. So I am pretty sure I would be content if I stuck the Hitachi under the table as well. but you know how it goes, a new toy and the price is/was right…

I guess probably a more appropriate question would be.. what do you think about the dewalt under the table? It may just be best to wait until a Triton or Freud opportunity comes by…

-- Tampa-FL

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#5 posted 05-25-2011 01:37 PM

Glad your wife has a sense of humor! :D

Just to be clear, the Milwaukee routers (and many others) have topside height adjust, but AFAIK, they don’t offer the full compliment of topside conveniences that the Freuds (FT1700/FT3000) and Tritons do. (extended collet and auto collet lock that allows easy one handed topside bit changes, topside height adjust, and topside height lock)

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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