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Forum topic by Don posted 07-27-2014 04:47 PM 979 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-27-2014 04:47 PM

Hey folks…..

Well, I am finally sick and tired of trying to muscle the height adjustment of the router that currently resides in my router and purchase bigger and better. I bought a Ryobi combo base kit and installed it in the table but the ring used to adjust the height is a bear, most (99%) of the time. I’ve tried everything I can think of to make it turn easier but nothing seems to matter. Especially a PITA in winter!

So, I know this is a loaded question, but I am looking for advice on which router I should purchase to replace it. I’m going to beef up the HP to 2 or 2 1/2 ponies but beyond that, I just want a router I can easily work with and adjust.



-- -- Don in Ottawa,

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Fred Hargis

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#1 posted 07-27-2014 05:25 PM

The Milwaukee 5616 has built in through the table adjustments (no lift needed) with the fixed base and is just a great router.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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#2 posted 07-27-2014 05:33 PM

I like the Milwaukee too. Great handling top-side router too. I have
mine mounted in a modest-size drop-in plate so I can still freehand
with it without is being too awkward.

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#3 posted 07-27-2014 07:47 PM

Or spend a little more on a nice lift and keep your existing router.
You will be glad you did.

P.S. Replaced my dead PC with the Milwaukee. It has been a great router.

-- Brad, Texas,

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#4 posted 07-27-2014 07:54 PM

I would get either the 2 1/4 horse triton or the milwaukee. I h q ve tje larger triton and its great for me. I used to hve only one router and had to take it out for handheld use, but now my old hitachi is just for handheld use. Definitely something with above the table bit changes.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#5 posted 07-28-2014 06:51 AM

The triton and milwaukee routers mentioned, along with the bosch 1617evs and porter cable 890 all have above the table features. The triton is probably the most table mount friendly as you can change the bit from above.
IIRC the pc 890 bearing on the collet end is larger to stand up to the abuse of table routing, and also I think the chuck goes high enough to change bits above the table, though I’m not 100% on that.

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

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