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Forum topic by HarveyDunn posted 01-21-2014 01:24 AM 3245 views 0 times favorited 16 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-21-2014 01:24 AM

I’m researching my first ever router table. I’ve pretty much decided on an INCRA package, because I plan to get an LS System and also I like their “CleanSweep” downdraft box, which requires their plate because it needs their rings.

I was planning on getting the Hitachi M12VC 2.25 HP router because it is said to be the quietest, less than 80dB. But it has no above-the-table features, so I would really, really want a lift. That is more money. And it is also more weight, which I’m a little concerned about…the INCRA table has an MDF core.

So, anyone have any thoughts about a good table-mounted router that isn’t too noisy?

I’m amazed at the difference of opinion out there about the Tritons. Some people say they ave very quiet; others say they are the noisiest routers they’ve ever encountered.

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#1 posted 01-21-2014 01:36 AM

I have a hard time believing 80db for any router. They are high speed universal motors which are always loud. Is there some particular reason you need a quiet one and can’t just wear ear protection?

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#2 posted 01-21-2014 01:39 AM

I will wear ear protection but have neighbors nearby and do not want to annoy them. In another thread I’ve received lots of good advice about a closed router table with sound dampening material inside…which I would like to couple with a relatively quiet router to begin with.

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#3 posted 01-21-2014 02:15 AM

I would think you could build a box under most tables to help with the noise.

I purchased my first table today. I went with the Ryobi at HD for $99. I was going to make my own, but by the time I purchased the mount on sale at Grizzly for $49, and a couple of 24” lengths of T-track for another $14 or so, it seemed stupid to spend time making my own. Ultimately I expect to adapt the Ryobi to a table saw which I haven’t yet purchased, or sell it and make my own then. Of course, Harbor Freight has one for $99 too, and it INCLUDES the router! But I didn’t want a crappy router and I doubt it would be easy to mount another one on it.

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#4 posted 01-21-2014 04:00 AM

I wouldn’t get terribly wrapped up in the volume specs. The sound of the bit tearing away at the wood is usually a lot louder than the motor itself. Routers are loud. Big routers are louder. Not really any way to get around it unfortunately.

How close are said neighbors? I live in a neighborhood with about 10ft between the houses. My garage is my shop and when I’m working with the door closed, and have the dust collector and router going, you can hear it from the end of the driveway, but its faint. Can’t hear it inside the neighbor’s house at all.

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#5 posted 01-21-2014 04:02 AM

No such thing as a quiet router…

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#6 posted 01-21-2014 04:21 AM

I thought I had made it clear that I was looking for a relatively quiet router, i.e. one that is less noisy than average.

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#7 posted 01-21-2014 04:54 AM

No such thing as a relatively quiet router…

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#8 posted 01-21-2014 05:03 AM

I have the Incra table and use a Bosch 2.25 hp router. Like everyone is saying, the router is loud and when cutting, it’s even louder. With an inclosure, it does make it quieter, but these motors are loud. My table saw is quieter than my router. I have 4 routers and none of them are quiet.

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#9 posted 01-21-2014 05:14 AM

The hitachi has a good following with the cnc guys since it is pretty quiet when it comes to routers.

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#10 posted 01-21-2014 05:28 AM

Quality bearings and a spindle with minimal runout plus a high quality collet would result in a quieter router. Consequently, the high quality Festool routers would be something to look into and the smaller models would likely be the least noisy of their line of tools.

I don’t actually have a Festool router though so I can’t confirm anything. I’ve seen one review saying the OF1010 is pretty quiet but that is it.

Variable speed is also good to have. I almost always turn my routers down a little to take the edge off the high-pitched sound they tend to emit. The Porter Cable 892 I use on a CNC machine is reasonably quiet when the speed is dialed down to 14,000 RPM. Of course it is a lot noisier when cutting but it’s still not as loud as it would be when hitting the wood at 22,000 RPM.

There are also precision collet kits for many routers that reduce runout of the bits and therefore reduce vibration.

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#11 posted 01-21-2014 06:08 AM

My Triton is reasonably quite. The lift works great. I’d definately do it again.

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#12 posted 01-21-2014 10:01 PM

I have the Triton. Lift works great as mentioned above, and I find it very quiet for a router. I used to own the Hitachi M12V and it was a screamer. That was an older version, I do not know if the newer one with the funky look is quieter. Of course it will start making a lot more noise once it cuts, but by itself it’s pretty quiet.

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#13 posted 01-22-2014 10:28 AM

I have a Triton and it is very quiet. I have to remind myself to turn it off. As for router tables, I made a bench top router stand last year. Now, I “need” a standalone router cabinet. After adding up all of the expenses of materials, top, fence, dust collection, track, etc etc, and time, I decided that this was the better option for me:

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#14 posted 01-22-2014 12:06 PM

Get a small shaper if you want quiet. I have the M12VC and the Triton – the M12VC is quieter. The Triton isn’t too bad.

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#15 posted 01-22-2014 02:12 PM

My Hitachi M12VC is quieter than any other router I’ve had in my shop (3 Freuds, Bosch1617, PC690, MW5615/5625, Hitachi MV12V2), and is one of the reasons I kept it over others…it’s also pretty light. It’s still loud enough that I wear hearing protection….quiet and quieter are two different things! No above table features though. The Makitas are supposed to be quiet too, but I haven’t used a recent model…I don’t recall my friend’s older 3612 being quiet, and am not sure about above table features on those. Fein might be quiet….

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