3hp+ router with above table bit change

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Forum topic by JCantin posted 07-31-2011 07:06 PM 2860 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-31-2011 07:06 PM

I stood on the sidelines while the Triton came and went.

Now I’m kicking myself for not biting the bullet on the last Freud that was 50% off at Woodcraft. Called today and it was gone.

Are there any 3hp+ routers out there with above table bit change worth considering?

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#1 posted 07-31-2011 08:10 PM

Triton 3 1/4hp

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

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#2 posted 07-31-2011 09:39 PM

Freud and Triton are the only two brands that I know of that offer the full compliment of features that allows easy one handed above table bit changes…a collet that extends above the table, auto collet lock, above table height adjust, and above table height lock.

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

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#3 posted 08-01-2011 05:02 AM

I’ve got the Porter Cable 7815 in the Jessem Mast-R-Lift, and I change the bit above the table on that rig. But that’s not a cheap way to go…

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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#4 posted 08-01-2011 03:11 PM

Ive got the Freud 3 1/4 hp …. ive had good results with it so far. I think that i got it on sale including the table with micro adjust fence for around $300 on sale at Woodcraft.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#5 posted 08-01-2011 04:39 PM

Ditto, Barry!

-- jay,

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#6 posted 08-01-2011 07:50 PM

Thanks for the input everyone. I managed to find a Freud FT3000VCE at another Woodcraft being cleared out for $199 (regular $375) so I grabbed it. Sounds like once I get it mounted and find a power screwdriver that I can chuck the lift key in I will be off and running.

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#7 posted 08-02-2011 05:37 PM

Nice score … im a bit jealous. The only issue i have is that sometimes the fence can get in the way of adjusting it up and down but besides that it’ll handle just about anything you throw at it.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#8 posted 08-02-2011 05:39 PM

I own both the Freud and the Triton 3hp. Freud above. Both solid, but the Freud seems to be made better. It’s a big more ergonomic too. I think you did well.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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