how big of a router do i really need?

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Forum topic by toehead posted 11-06-2013 03:44 PM 980 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-06-2013 03:44 PM

looking at getting a router to mount in my work bence soon.I’m just starting to work with wood.the biggest work i would be doing with it would be squaring up 2×4s and maybe sliding dove tails on 2×4s.with good bits and shallow pass’s could i get away with a bocsh 2 1/4 or do i need a bocsh or triton 3 1/4?

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#1 posted 11-06-2013 03:47 PM

I’ve used 1.5 hp routers in tables for years. They work fine
for most work. If I want to raise panels I cut off most
of the waste on the table saw, then route the profile.

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#2 posted 11-06-2013 03:57 PM

I have a Bosch 2-1/4 (I assume you’re talking about the 1617) and I machine 2×4’s with my router table all the time. That pine machines easily. I’ve never had a problem using it for hardwood either, with light passes of course.

-- Rex

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#3 posted 11-06-2013 05:34 PM

Thanks for the input. I’ll pull the trigger on the bocsh 1617

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#4 posted 11-06-2013 08:42 PM

The 1617 is one of the best routers out there. Unless you raise panels for a living you shouldn’t need more.
My router table router is a porter cable 690. Hardest working tool in my shop.

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

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