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03-04-2014 05:21 PM

Topic tags/keywords: router table extension slab planer jib do-all

Hey everyone, I’m about to move into a new house which has a 2 stall detached garage. I’m in the planning phase so I can set up / build out everything I need to make this shop great, but also park a car in it (maybe two, eeesh!)

Part of this is a router table. I want to add it as an extension on my table saw (which I’ll be building a new rolling cabinet base for). I have a Craftsman router now, but it’s not a plunge router, and it’s a little beat up. I’d also like a router that has enough oomph to plane large slabs like Nick Offerman does. Not sure mine has the power.

My question is, can someone please suggest a nice new router that may be able to fit the bill fo rme, but keeping the price low, maybe under $200 (obviously less is even better).

I may also be able to keep my existing router as the table router and the new one for detached jobs, though, table plates and lifts work better with real (read: non sears) routers I bet.

Just thinking out loud.

THanks everyone.

-- Jim from Rivertown Woodcraft | Grand Rapids, MI |

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Kaleb the Swede

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#1 posted 03-04-2014 05:35 PM

Hi there Jim I have the Hitachi 3 1/4 hp router and it is a beast, yet it’s still easy to use hand held. I do almost 100% of my routing hand held. But I know that this guy is good in a table too. It comes with adjustments to do over the table, as opposed to taking it out.

I have flattened big slabs with it too.

It’s also under 200 bucks, which might fit the bill for you

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#2 posted 03-04-2014 05:35 PM

Milwaukee’s fixed base routers are nice. If you want a plunger,
look at the Dewalt line. The parent company, B&D, holds the
patent on the through-the-column dust collection which is
a nice feature.

I plane slabs with an electric hand planer and winding sticks.

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#3 posted 03-04-2014 05:41 PM

1+ on Dewalt plunge routers. Velvety smooth plunge action. I have had the 618 for years and really like it. You can buy the combo kit, or the three base kit with the D-handle base.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#4 posted 03-04-2014 05:45 PM

Thanks you guys, thats all great information. I’m not really sure if I’ll need it to plunge, but you never know.

-- Jim from Rivertown Woodcraft | Grand Rapids, MI |

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#5 posted 03-04-2014 05:53 PM

So i’m looking on home depot and other sites now, what is more important for a big job, like planing a slab, HP, Amperage, RPM?

-- Jim from Rivertown Woodcraft | Grand Rapids, MI |

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#6 posted 03-04-2014 06:09 PM

OK I have a couple I like.

Tell me what you think. The Dewalt is over budget by $40

-- Jim from Rivertown Woodcraft | Grand Rapids, MI |

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#7 posted 03-04-2014 06:19 PM

If you’re not certain you need a plunge router and if you’re open to buy used you can find many deals. I was certain I wanted the fixed base 3.5hp Milwaukee and found one hardly used for $190. This is my router table only router as it’s got the power and variable speed for spinning bit panel raising bits.

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#8 posted 03-04-2014 07:22 PM

There are multiple units that fit the bill. Your planned usage should determine how elaborate you go.if you are going to use 1 router for everything, then you also need a better product. In my previous shop i had 7 routers. I probably will again. Different sizes for different reasons. It’s a me thing and I like using routers. In most cases, how you plan to use it should determine what you buy.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#9 posted 03-04-2014 07:23 PM

If you don’t mind factory reconditioned tools, then CPO Outlets online is a great place to find deals on all sorts of brands, new and reconditioned.,default,sc.html

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#10 posted 03-04-2014 07:24 PM

Thanks Bill, my mane uses will be as a router table. I’m interested in getting into some slab work, but I’m definitely going to be making a maple bench, so I plan to use it just like the slabs to plane it down (my actual planer only does up to 13”)

Also I did realize a plunge router may be useful for bowtie joints in slabs.

-- Jim from Rivertown Woodcraft | Grand Rapids, MI |

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#11 posted 03-04-2014 07:29 PM

I have the old model of Hitachi M12V and a couple of the M12vc, they are all great routers, they have variable speed, and do not lose power like a add on speed control. Soft start, just the nicest routers I have, and I have 2 PC’s, 2 cman, a ryobi, etc.

-- Jim from Kansas

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#12 posted 03-04-2014 07:42 PM

I use this router as a hand held and have a second one in a table. This is a great price (but it is reconditioned):,default,pd.html?start=10&cgid=bsh-recon-sale

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#13 posted 03-05-2014 01:41 AM

The router that ChipByrd shows in his reply looks good. I’m just now getting back into woodworking (After woodworking for 25-30 years, I sold off all my stuff about 2 years ago). I have to start back slowly; it takes quite a bit of money to replace the old equipment that I had accumulated over the years.

Recently, I spent $85 on a Craftsman 2 hp router (never owned one before) to table mount in the extension that I built for my table saw. I used the fixed base router. After reading some of the reviews (Sears online), I was somewhat concerned about how good the router was. Well, I’ve now had a chance to put it to some rather extensive use. I am quite surprised how well it performed (My old table mounted was a 3 hp Ryobi RE600). For $85, I’m happy. I do consider this an interim table router and future plans include acquiring a 3-3 1/4 hp router for mounting into a yet to be constructed free-standing router table/bench.

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#14 posted 03-05-2014 02:37 AM

You might also look at the Triton MOF001. It usually retails for a bit over $200, but they occasionally have rebates available.

-- In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. Thomas Jefferson

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#15 posted 03-05-2014 02:45 AM

I’ve really enjoyed my multiple base Bosch set: $199 at HD
$189 at Amazon with free shipping .

Factory recon for $174

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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