Which is your favorite 3 + HP plunge router and why

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04-03-2014 08:23 AM

I have a definite large collection of routers and have my favorite but would love to hear which big plunge router is your favorite and why. I own about 3 routers in this class and like each one for different reasons can you tell me what makes your favorite a winner and please use model numbers so we all know which router is king,

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#1 posted 04-03-2014 11:40 AM

I use a 3 1/4 hp Triton router.
And a Bench Dog router table.
Works great for me, I love the combo. The Triton router has an adjustment rod that allows the router to be adjusted from above the table. Saved me the expense of buying a router lift system.
regards Ed

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#2 posted 04-03-2014 11:59 AM

The Porter Cable 7518 has been in my router table for quite awhile and will do anything that I ask.

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#3 posted 04-03-2014 12:26 PM

My first big router is the same as Carver’s (Triton TRA001 3-1/4 HP Dual Mode Precision Plunge Router) . Works well in table and off. The plunge depth brings collet through the table and locks in place automatically. Has nice dust collection. Biggest +, On sale $199 with Free shipping.

First 3 1/4 hp router so nothing to compare to.

My favorite router is an is an old Rockwell 6.5 amp M-100 that was my grandfathers.

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#4 posted 04-03-2014 12:33 PM

I have 2 PC 7518 motors in Woodpecker lifts. IMHO best for this application. I have a Makita 3612C 3.25 hp plunge that I like for handheld use on big (dimensioned) projects or with large bits. It has a soft start, good torque, never bogs down and has good adjustment variables for plunging. It is comfortable in my small hands and is very heavy; allowing it to be guided easily without floating. I also have a 3.25 Ryobi table mounted in a Veritas steel table. It has seen a lot of use over the years in fixed setup mode with a small roundover bit for easing edges. But I guess my “go to” plunge is not a big 3+hp, but a Bosch 1617EVS 2.25 hp. It does all that I usually need to do without all the weight. It has good control positioning, except that it is a little hard to reach the plunge lever with small hands. But is has good power with a soft start and good plunging and adjustment variables. My everyday fixed base router is an older PC 1.75 hp 690 motor in a D handle base. I have 9 routers total, including PC, Dewalt, Ryobi, Bosch, Makita and one 1/4” only very old B & D. A good variety with a lot of different bases etc for different applications.

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#5 posted 04-03-2014 02:06 PM

I have both the 3 1/4 and the 2 1/4hp Tritons and love them. The larger one is in the table and the smaller router used to be in my horizontal mortiser until I replaced it with a 2hp Ridgid (with dual plunge and fixed bases). Not sure that it is available right now, as it occasionally appears as a “special” during seasonal promotions at the big box store.

I now reserve my Triton 2 1/4hp for free hand use and also love that aspect of it. As mentioned above, the Triton can be adjusted “above” the table with a supplied crank. As a handheld adjustments are just as easy and plunge depths can be set prior to handheld use.

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#6 posted 04-03-2014 02:11 PM

I have the big triton as well. What sold me on it was the above the table action

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#7 posted 04-03-2014 05:31 PM

+1 on the Triton.

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#8 posted 04-03-2014 09:56 PM

Of the handful of 3hp routers that I’ve actually tried (Freud FT2000, Hitachi M12V2, Bosch 1619, Makita 3612, and Milwaukee 5625), I prefer the MW5625. Mine was made in the USA, is built like a brick outhouse, has above table height adjust, and runs like a champ. It’s even well balanced enough that I’ve used it for some limited hand routing. I wish it had the full compliment of above table features that the Tritons and my smaller Freud FT1700 has….had you asked what my favorite table router was, it’d be the FT1700 because of those great topside features.

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

Got a couple PC 7518s but both are in lifts so they aren’t actually plungers.
The only Plunger I have that fits the criteria is a Freud FT2000.
Plenty of power, smooth plunge, soft start, VS, one flat side on the base. I guess that’s about it. It does what I ask.

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#10 posted 04-04-2014 05:15 AM

+1 Triton… They have improved them a lot… Ripe for the picking now… :)

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#11 posted 04-04-2014 12:09 PM

I have the Dewalt DW618PK. Not much to mention about it as it’s the only one I’ve ever used. It works well, although I’d like a more precise depth adjustment.

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#12 posted 04-04-2014 12:48 PM

Porter Cable 7539, the first of the really big boys and it’s been changed none, it was that good to start with. It’s my favorite because it does everything well, even build your arms if your using it a lot!

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#13 posted 04-04-2014 01:18 PM

I have the Hitachi, I guess it is my favorite because it is the only 3 HP plunge that I have. I think the plunge mechanism is not as smooth as I would like. I use it primarily for cutting mortises and in that capacity it works fine. Next go ‘round I’d probably get another brand.

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#14 posted 04-25-2014 03:34 AM

Thanks for the feedback I will keep looking at this class I have a few in the shop now and am testing the new Hitachi m12ev and the big DeWalt 625 I have a porter cable in one router table and am looking for something else maybe with a lift for a second router table that is coming soon.

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