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Forum topic by tool_junkie posted 06-30-2013 06:32 PM 1494 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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tool_junkie

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06-30-2013 06:32 PM

Looking through Harbor Freight’s site, I came across the following 2HP router:

http://www.harborfreight.com/2-horsepower-fixed-base-router-68341.html

I have been wanting to build a woodgears style tilting router table and the router that goes in there will stay in there permanently. Right now I have a craftsman router table with a craftsman router. The height adjustment on it is really crude and I don’t want to use it anymore, plus it is only a 1/4” collet.

I know the harbor freight router is single speed but can be made multi speed using a HF router speed controller.

So, what do you guys of my idea of using the Harbor Freight router in a table? Has anyone had any experience with this particular router?

Thanks!


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Quanter50

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#1 posted 06-30-2013 06:58 PM

I have that exact set up. HF 2HP router with the HF speed control in my Grizzly cabinet saw. I got both for some ridiculously cheap price! The height adjustment is done by undoing a clamp, twisting the router, then snapping the clamp closed. Crude yes, but it works well for me. I love them both.

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#2 posted 06-30-2013 07:02 PM

Haven’t heard much about that router, but variable speed is pretty important for table use. The speed controller adds another $20 to the HF. For $6 more, this newer Craftsman 902768 is more proven, well regarded, and has variable speed already.

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#3 posted 06-30-2013 07:22 PM

Not to knock what Knottscott said about the Craftsman, but I have 2 of the HF 2HP routers and am very happy with both of them.
Plenty of power, accurate cuts, and even in heavy cuts they don’t seem to heat up.
One is mounted in the router table one is portable, both have the extra variable speed box if needed.

My only problem with the Craftsman is that I haven’t been willing to deal with Craftsman since I tried to buy one pulley for my Emerson built bandsaw. It was one of the few parts discontinued on that saw but was proprietary so without it the saw was completely worthless.

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#4 posted 07-01-2013 03:10 AM

The craftsman one sounds like a pretty good deal. I think I will research more into both. If there are any 4th of July deals that I could benefit from, that would be really awesome!

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