PC 7518 Router Mounted in Table

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Forum topic by Beeguy posted 10-12-2012 10:51 PM 2180 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-12-2012 10:51 PM

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I wanted to upgrade the router in my table and just purchased a PC 7518 with a fixed base. I am actually intimidated by this 3 1/4 HP machine. I got a good deal but I am concerned with the mounting. I can’t afford to buy a router lift at this time and I was wondering how much of a pain setting the height is going to be. It seems the twisting of the unit to set the height may not be difficult, but getting an accurate setting seems like it could be a bit of a challange. I don’t change bits all that often (maybe because I never had a lift), so it is not something that I see causing great issues but I was just wondering if anyone had some suggestions or tricks up their sawdust covered sleeves.



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#1 posted 10-12-2012 10:58 PM

Well, if it doesn’t work with the speedmatic, I would recommend one of the newer routers with built in lifts and above the table adjuctments. One example is the Freud FT1700. See my recent review if interested.

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#2 posted 10-12-2012 11:03 PM

I’ve used one for years and haven’t had a problem adjusting it.

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#3 posted 10-13-2012 02:24 AM

One tip – don’t forget to tighten the height adjustment before turning it on or you will quickly find that your router motor has spun itself free and is rolling around like a crazed cicada on the floor. It happened to me but just once !

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#4 posted 10-20-2012 02:05 PM

Thanks for the tips! Jim, as usual, you were right. I got mounted yesterday and had no problem with height adjustments. It is easier than the previous router where the setting would change slightly when I would lock it in. Since the PC router allows you to gradually lock the motor in place the adjustment does not change. At least not enough for me to notice so far.
Thanks for the help.

-- Ron, Kutztown, PA "The reward is in the journey."

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#5 posted 10-20-2012 02:21 PM

I have several of it’s little brothers, the 690, including one in my router table.

The bit height operates the same way; twisting in the housing.
For accurate adjustments, I close the base lock a bit, make my height adjustment and then close it all the way. Easy, predictable results.

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#6 posted 10-20-2012 02:43 PM

You don;t have to adjust in the table, pull the router and plate out and lay it on it’s side. Adjust the depth and you’re good to go. Some years ago, I watched a show called Router Workshop whenever my local PBS station carried it (which wasn’t often). That was about the only way the senior host adjusted his.

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