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Forum topic by Absinthe posted 03-05-2012 02:01 PM 1359 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Absinthe

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03-05-2012 02:01 PM

I just got a b-day present of a Kreg Precision Router table with most all the bells and whistles.

Currently my “good” router is a DW 621 plunge. I hate to unspring and dedicate that router to the table and am looking for a good router to mount and simply leave in the table. It needs to be able to handle a 1/2” bit and preferably hog off some wood, like raised panel stuff and so forth. In theory, it should be reasonably easy to adjust and change bits as well.

Any suggested brand/models? I am looking on the used market at the moment.

-- Absinthe


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Bill White

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#1 posted 03-05-2012 03:02 PM

I have a Freud VS plunger in mine. It will adjust above the table.
I’ve heard good things about Triton, but have never tried one.
In the good old days, the big Porter Cable 7518 (?) was the beast du jour. Since they’ve screwed up the PC line, I don’t know about this one.
The variable speed feature is a must for use of big bits.
Bill

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Absinthe

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#2 posted 03-05-2012 03:29 PM

I do have one of those external router speed controls, I have never actually tried it, but assume it works for something.

-- Absinthe

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#3 posted 03-05-2012 05:01 PM

Ridgid makes a nice 2hp package router that works well in a router table.It comes with two bases, one plunge and the other a fixed base.The plunge base comes complete with a lift mechanism and tee handle for “through table lift”.Like I said it is 2hp witch is plenty of power.The router is built with quality aluminum and hard plastic shell.The nice thing about having the two bases is you can leave the plunge base in the router table and still use the router by employing the fixed base.I own one and when you pick it up it just feels good in your hands.One other features is the soft start.My other router is a Hitachi m 12 witch is a little clunky but has tons of power(3 1/4)hp.It can be modified to have lift capability but it takes a little bit of hardware and some drilling, machining and jury rigging.

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#4 posted 03-05-2012 10:16 PM

You said raised panels, so My choice would be the milwaukee 5626-20.
The PC 7518 is a greta one too, but the spped controllers have issues, though not all 7518’s demonstrate the problems.

Still, the milwaukee would be my first choice.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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Absinthe

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#5 posted 03-08-2012 03:56 PM

Well, I took the cheap way out, and bought the Skil 2-1/4hp 1830 kit that they had on sale at Lowes. I will put either it or the DW621 in the table.

-- Absinthe

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#6 posted 03-09-2012 02:54 AM

Save the dewalt for handheld use; it;s light years ahead of the skil.
I’d be cautious, but not too much so.
My first router was a cheap ryobi $60 special and it definitely earned it’s keep in my shop until the height adjustment ring froze. It was a good router and I actually kind of miss it.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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Absinthe

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#7 posted 03-09-2012 11:44 AM

That was what I was thinking. It seemed like I could put the base in the table and use the skil for both purposes conveniently. But if I put the DW in the table it would be a PITA to use it handheld and switch back and forth.

-- Absinthe

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Craftsman on the lake

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#8 posted 03-09-2012 12:14 PM

triton 3 1/4hp. Built in height adjustment for under the table and NOTHING slows it down. Amazingly powerful, almost like a dedicated shaper.

I have a bosch as my free range router.

Oh, and while I’m on the subject, save the veggies… eat only free range broccoli ;-)

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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Absinthe

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#9 posted 03-09-2012 06:27 PM

Hmmmm, free range

-- Absinthe

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#10 posted 03-09-2012 07:45 PM

I vote with The Craftsman. Get the Triton. That will be my next router.

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#11 posted 03-09-2012 07:51 PM

I’ve got the big Triton and haven’t regretted it. There are better routers, of course; but raisers are expensive. In a perfect world, I’d have a raiser and a PC motor. COL is right about the power of the Triton and it’s got a really nice slow start. The dust collection is pretty decent, too. For free range, I (had, stolen) the big Freud plunge. It’s also quite powerful but a bit tall and tippy. I never used the Triton off the table but it’s one big hombre (a nonissue under the table, of course).
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If you get a minute, tell me how you like the DeWalt. With my insurance check, I’m poking around at free range routers. I’m either going to save some money for hand tools or I’m going all in on the Fesfool 2020.
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I’m using a modified digital meter in mine. Feels good, man:)
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-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#12 posted 03-09-2012 07:51 PM

For years I used a PC 690 raised panels the whole shot. I now use a PC 7518 in one router table and a Triton 2 1/4 hp In my table saw outfeed.

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#13 posted 03-09-2012 08:04 PM

A1Jim’s got the right idea. That’s a fine router. Woodcraft sells the motor only for $299.

If you want to go all out with that motor, there’s the Woodpecker for another $349.

Ouch! I don’t think you can do much better than that, though.

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

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