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Forum topic by ShopWench posted 06-08-2012 01:01 PM 1270 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-08-2012 01:01 PM

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Needing some advice from someone not so new to the woodshop as me!

What do you think of this?

7529 Porter-Cable 2-HP plunge router it features a variable-speed motor with micro height adjustment with a 698 P/C router table. I am also including a 40 Pc router bit set. Asking $200

Looks good to me but any advice is welcomed!!!

-- Nancy

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#1 posted 06-08-2012 01:04 PM

Are you going to mount it in a table?

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#2 posted 06-08-2012 01:25 PM

yes I think so

-- Nancy

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#3 posted 06-08-2012 01:46 PM

Well that is a good buy if you are getting the table and router and bits for $200. I will say that a plunge router in a table is a waste because you can’t use the plunge features while it is upside down mounted in a table. The way I prefer to work is to get a fixed base router like this one and then build a router table for it. There are tons of good plans out there for router tables, many of them are free. Then later if the need arises get a plunge router for hand held use.

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#4 posted 06-08-2012 02:18 PM

Also, with plunge routers, you will need to either disable or remove the springs in the plunge mechanism. The spring in the router will make fine tuning the depth adjustment very difficult in the table. Many plunge routers do offer the ability to disengage the spring for this reason.

I own to bosch 1617 router kits. I keep one in the fixed based dedicated in the table. I keep the other mostly in the plunge base for hand held use. I have other fixed bases I use for various jigs.

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#5 posted 06-08-2012 02:26 PM

der….missed the plunge part! I would use it as a plunge router and search for a fixed one for the table. But this still seems like a good deal I think. Thoughts?

-- Nancy

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#6 posted 06-08-2012 02:50 PM

I think it is a good deal. If I was router shopping, I would most likely buy it.

My router-in-a-table is a plunge, incidentally, and every once in a while I take it out and use it as such. I like it for that instead of the other routers I’ve got, because the one in my table is fairly small (physically) and I find it easier to handle.

Have fun with that router bit set! When I got my router table I also got a huge variety pack – they’re not the greatest router bits in the history of woodworking, but honestly they work fine (just for not as long as an expensive single bit)—I finally wore out my .5” roundover recently.. It’s been really fun to play around with the various shapes to see what I like.

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#7 posted 06-08-2012 03:22 PM

Any mention of the brand of bits or the shank size?

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

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#8 posted 06-09-2012 11:52 AM

BOSCH 1617EVS. best thing going today!


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