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Forum topic by interpim posted 12-19-2011 04:34 AM 1529 views 0 times favorited 20 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-19-2011 04:34 AM

hey folks,

I want to get a router strictly for table use, and I plan on building an extension on my table saw to house this router. The list of routers out there are quite extensive, and to be perfectly honest, I haven’t really had much luck wading through the tons of information yet.

So, as far as requirements go, here is what I think I need.

at least a 1/2 inch collett (since all my current bits are 1/2”)
at least 2 1/4 HP.
fairly lightweight. I don’t want to bend my T/S rails
Something easy to adjust the height on
Oh, and last but not least. I would like to keep it at around $200.

So, with the power of LJ, I’m sure i’ll get a ton of excellent recommendations. Thanks

-- San Diego, CA

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#1 posted 12-19-2011 04:45 AM

Here is what I use in my router tables. They are haevy duty and are easy to adjust.,default,pd.html?start=7&cgid=milwaukee-routers

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#2 posted 12-19-2011 04:50 AM

LOL, I was actually looking at that model Al. I found it for $260 on Amazon, but was waiting to see what was recommended here before I made a final decision.

-- San Diego, CA

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#3 posted 12-19-2011 04:55 AM

The only ones you are going to get under that $200 range would probably be the Triton 2 1/4 and 3 1/4hp routers SINCE THEY HAVE THEIR OWN LIFTING MECHANISM. Other than that, you could easily spend $200-$400 just on a decent lift, without getting the router. Just my 2-cents.

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#4 posted 12-19-2011 05:04 AM

The most powerful 15 amp 3-1/4hp table routers are best suited for spinning bigger bits, but will weigh most. If that weight bends your saw’s rails, I’d consider getting a different fence.

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#5 posted 12-19-2011 05:16 AM

thanks for the input Mike, and the sale info Knots.

-- San Diego, CA

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#6 posted 12-19-2011 05:37 AM

I have a dedicated 3 1/4hp triton and find that it meets my needs. Built in lift. If you can say one thing about it is that it’s almost a shaper. Seems extremely powerful. Nothing slows it down.

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#7 posted 12-19-2011 05:45 AM

Depending what your routing you can use a Porter Cable 690 it’s not heavy duty but I used one for years with out problems.

-- Custom furniture

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#8 posted 12-19-2011 05:46 AM

The fixed-base Milwaukee body-grips adjust through the bottom
with a ball-end hex wrench. It’s a shame to dedicate such a fine
topside router to table use only, but the feature is there.

Another alternative is to just buy a motor and figure out some
alternate means of raising and lowering it.

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#9 posted 12-19-2011 05:51 AM

I did see an article recently in a woodworking magazine that discussed how to build your own router lift with tabletop adjustment for just the motor. I haven’t seen anyplace selling just the router motor, where might one find those?

-- San Diego, CA

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#10 posted 12-19-2011 06:20 AM

Give the Bosch 1617 a look. I use one in a table with the fixed base which also has the top side micro-adjust.

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#12 posted 12-19-2011 04:37 PM

I have the 3 1/4 horse Triton. Its a great router lots of power built in lift with above table crank. It also has a spindle lock so you only need one winch to change the bit. the only compliant that i have is the power switch on the router has to be in the off position to change the bit

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#13 posted 12-19-2011 04:57 PM

A few years back, I wanted a router that would be dedicated to a router table and my criteria was much like yours. I choose a fixed base Porter Cable 890 and I have been very happy with it. You can adjust height from above the table, although I found its fine tuning capabilities lacking.

Another thought – - You may not want it now, but someday you may want to get a router lift. I did (now I can really micro adjust the bit height). Router lifts are only available for certain brands and models. I advise getting a router that you are confident can be used in a router lift in the future. The PC 890 is one that qualifies on this criteria.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#14 posted 12-19-2011 04:57 PM

^I’m with the guys above: Triton 3+. The price is right, it’s too big to be of practical use above the table (at least for me), and it’s got above-the-table height adjustment. You’ll probably have to drill out your router plate for the crank, but no big deal. I’ve had zero problems with mine.

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

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#15 posted 12-19-2011 05:38 PM

Whichever way you go, look for one with a decent plunge depth and variable speed. I can’t fault my DW625, 80 mm plunge depth and there’s a fine height adjuster for it too.

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