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sudbrinkm

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563 days ago

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I got a router table top for Christmas. I am looking to buy a new router to mount to it. Does anyone have any advice on which direction I should go? I was looking to spend between 200-300 on it.

-- Matthew


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Skippy906

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#1 posted 563 days ago

I have the .hitachi 12v and I love it in my router table. Plenty of power even for my large cabinet door bits. I was just talking to a fellow woodworker this morning and he has the same one and he also loves it. Also it is about $200 on amazon.

-- Making progress

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#2 posted 563 days ago

In the 3HP range: milwaukee 5625-20, porter cable 7518 or triton TRA001. The triton has buil in lift features, the milwaukee has above the table height adjustment.

2HP: bosch 1617evs, triton MOF001, lots of others. If you need lift features, one of the tritons will serve you well. Otherwise, the milwaukee and bosch have probably the lowest failure rate.

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

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CessnaPilotBarry

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#3 posted 563 days ago

Do you have another router?

If not, the ~ 2HP versions offered by Bosch, Porter Cable, and DeWalt all work great, in and out of a table. Look for a kit including a fixed and plunge base, and add a second fixed base to leave in the table. Down the road, you can add a bigger, table only router.

If you do, I really like Milwaukee 5625 or PC 7518’s in tables. They’re not great “only” routers, though… Big and heavy…

-- It's all good, if it's wood...

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sudbrinkm

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#4 posted 562 days ago

I do have a couple other lower end routers already. This one would be more or less dedicated for the table. I liked the features of the Triton routers, but wasn’t sure on the reliability. I am not too familiar with them.

-- Matthew

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#5 posted 562 days ago

I went with the 7518 for my table. There are a lot of options out there, but this one seems to be the standard table router these days. Virtually any accessory, left, etc will fit this router. I’ve been happy with it so far.

-- www.etsy.com/shop/KandJWoodCrafts

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sudbrinkm

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#6 posted 562 days ago

Does anyone have any experience with the Bosch MR23EVS router? I have read some things on it being a 15 amp router and having nice power, but not much info from actual woodworkers.

I don’t really see myself having to ever run large cabinet bits so I don’t know if I will need a large 3hp router or not. But then again I am getting permission to buy a router once so I might have to take advantage of it.

-- Matthew

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lumberjoe

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#7 posted 562 days ago

That’s a great freehand/plunge router and would do well in a table. If you already have a router in this HP range, you could stick that in your table. I’m probably never going to spin shaping bits either, but I do appreciate that 7518 when hogging out 3/4” mortises. There is a noticeable difference between that router and my 2.5hp routers.

-- www.etsy.com/shop/KandJWoodCrafts

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sudbrinkm

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#8 posted 562 days ago

Both of my other routers are smaller HP so I don’t think I want to put either of them in the table.

-- Matthew

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Fred Hargis

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#9 posted 562 days ago

There was a time (and maybe still now) that the PC 7518 was the router table standard. I had one, and replaced it with a Milwaukee 5625, which I think is challenging the PC as the defacto standard. I like the Milwaukee better, but can’t really put my finger on it, maybe it’s just the red color. In any case, if you don’t want to buy a router lift, the Milwaukee has built in table adjustment..giving it a leg up on the PC (IMHO).

-- I long for the days when Coke was a cola, and a joint was a bad place to be (Merle Haggard)

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Cosmicsniper

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#10 posted 562 days ago

I have the Milwaukee 5625 and love it in my table.

I also have the Bosch 1617, which I previously used in my table…it’s a great router and will work well in a table for anything other than the largest of panel raising bits, IMO.

-- jay, www.allaboutastro.com

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#11 posted 562 days ago

I also have a PC 7518 in my router table. I used a PC 690 for years and had no trouble with it . Even though the 3HP routers are nice to have they can be a overkill cost wise for a person woodworking as a hobby. I like Porter Cable routers because they have become somewhat of a standard and have many accessories and parts available every where.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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sudbrinkm

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#12 posted 562 days ago

Thanks for all the help on this topic. I don’t know yet what i will decide on for a final option, but i have a little bit of time to weigh out the pros and cons. I am just a weekend worrier so I don’t know if I want to shell out over $300 for some of the 3hp options.

-- Matthew

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oldnovice

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#13 posted 562 days ago

I am biased as I have two PC 690 routers that have served me well. One is so old that it doesn’t even have soft start or variable speed.

I also have a Craftsman router that is over 45 years old and looks an awful lot like a PC 690. I recently purchased a Bosch Colt and like it except the depth adjustment leaves a lot to be desired and it only has a 1/4” collect.

I know that there are a lot of newer routers on the market but when you have physical issues with router weight I still would tend to go with the smaller lighter models.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#14 posted 562 days ago

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a1Jim

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#15 posted 562 days ago

I just saw this sale I have this 2 1/2 hp in my other router table and it works well plus it has a built in lift it
seems like a deal for $169.

http://www.highlandwoodworking.com/blog3/email020711.html

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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