Freud 3 1/4 Plunge Router

I have a Benchdog Protop Contractor RT150 portable router table (though I don't plan on porting it)
Anyways, I'm looking at the Freud router for this table. Does anyone care to share their experiences with this router as a table only router?
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Magenta wrote:

I bought a Freud 1700VCEK about a year ago (I realize it's not as big as the one you're looking at, but it is very similar). Based on my experience, I would not recommend it. From day one, the above table height adjustment was not very repeatable. The spindle lock broke after about a month of intermittent use. Next, the height adjustment mechanism (made from plastic parts) stripped out. Finally, the motor died. I posted a detailed account in a previous thread if you care to search for it.
I returned it to the closest service center (cost me $15 shipping) and received a new one under warranty. The spindle lock on that one has already broken. I will never buy another Freud power tool again, though I may still buy blades and bits on occasion.
While the original was in the mail, I bought a Milwaukee 5625 and a woodpecker router plate to mount it in. This unit has performed flawlessly.
Regards, John.
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I don't know if this one counts, because I bought it maybe 6 years ago. Used it on one project handheld, then built a nice table for it and bought a Porter Cable 690 for handheld work.
It's a reliable, well-constructed plunge router that does what I need it to do. I'm a relatively experienced hobby guy now, but the router may go for months without running, then get an intense week or two of work. On the upcoming schedule is a kitchen and master bath's worth of Shaker doors & drawers. I just wish the temps would warm a bit from the overnights in the 20's.
As I said, I don't know whether this exact router is still sold. I'd have another, (advertised 3.25 hp) if I needed one.
Patriarch
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Patriarch wrote:

I'll second the PC690. I have one of those for lighter-duty work. You can get it with either a fixed base or plunge base, or as a kit with one of each. I've had mine for years and it works very well.
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Magenta wrote:

My Freud FT2000 (?) 3 1/4 router has served me well over the last four years as a dedicated router table router. The spindle lock is beefy (the other poster was referring to another Freud router) and as for repeatability, when do you plunge a router fixed in a table?
Do it and don't look back.
D'ohBoy
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Magenta wrote:

When I put my router table together - a workmate, a one-inch thick piece of melamine from an old computer desk, a rousseau router table plate and some clamps - I had a Hitachi M12V and a Freud FT2000 to choose from. I bought a router raizer at a wood show and when I read the instructions it looked less complicated to install in the Hitachi so I use the Hitachi for the table work.
Truth is though, I bet I could have flipped a coin. Both routers have done everything I've asked of 'em. :-) (I will now take the opportunity to go slightly off topic and plug the router raizer. Nifty little time saver for the price.)
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Based on the comments here and the other posts that I've found, I think I'll gamble on the Freud (having $100 gift certificate at the store helps too)
But I think I'll take the_tool_man comments to heart and inspect the router for plastic parts and make a final decision then
Thanks for the comments
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