LumberJocks

Router recommendation

  • Advertise with us

« back to Power Tools, Hardware and Accessories forum

Forum topic by TechTeacher04 posted 05-18-2014 08:55 PM 420 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View TechTeacher04's profile

TechTeacher04

237 posts in 404 days


05-18-2014 08:55 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question

Does anyone have a recommendation on a dedicated router for cutting dovetail joints? I have a Leigh super 18 dovetail jig and want to set up one router just for dovetails leaving my other 2 for router table work and general profiling. I currently have a dewalt 618 and a dewalt trim router.


6 replies so far

View Bill White's profile

Bill White

3723 posts in 2833 days


#1 posted 05-18-2014 09:04 PM

The old standby Porter Cable 690.
Having said that, mine is a U.S.A. made model. I have no experience with the newer stuff from PC.
Bill

-- bill@magraphics.us

View NiteWalker's profile

NiteWalker

2710 posts in 1449 days


#2 posted 05-18-2014 11:03 PM

What bill said.
The new 690’s built in Mexico have the same quality as the old USA models. I have two and they’re the hardest working routers in my shop.

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

View TechTeacher04's profile

TechTeacher04

237 posts in 404 days


#3 posted 05-18-2014 11:19 PM

Do you find the lack of soft start a problem in your use?

View knotscott's profile

knotscott

6086 posts in 2248 days


#4 posted 05-18-2014 11:43 PM

I kept the Hitachi M12VC for dovetails over both 1617 and PC690….it’s lighter and quieter, and does a great job.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

View hoosier0311's profile

hoosier0311

702 posts in 898 days


#5 posted 05-18-2014 11:52 PM

I use a craftsman that is a little older. I have the Leigh super 24, the new model’s base was a tad big. The last tail on either end was hard to get at if I was using it a max capacity.

-- atta boy Clarence!

View NiteWalker's profile

NiteWalker

2710 posts in 1449 days


#6 posted 05-19-2014 12:16 AM

Lack of soft start isn’t an issue. You learn to hold onto the router when starting it.

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

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com