I have a Bench Dog Protop Contractor 40-001 and am undecided which is
wisest choice for its router. It would seem that a plunge router is a
waste as is a variable speed.
My first thought would be to install the PC 690 with a separate variable
speed router control mounted on the box exterior.
Any thoughts on a router without overkill?
Although I'm not familiar with the Bench Dog router table and it's
features, I would have to say some way to control the router speed is
necessary if you plan to use larger bits, panel raising bits, etc. I
have a Hitachi M12V plunge router permanently mounted in my shop built
table. It was reasonably priced and plenty powerful. I added a Router
Raizer and an Xtreme Extension for above table bit changing, both 1/2"
and 1/4" shanks. When I have to adjust the speed I reach under the
table and move the dial. Hasn't missed a beat in over five years of
weekend woodworking, including a kitchen full of cabinets.
Hmm, a 690 LRVS (variable speed included) seems to cost about $25 more
than one without.
If you are purchasing new, I don't see the advantage of using external
variable speed control vs. a router with the VS built in. I don't know
if the "quality" of the available external speed controls is
comparable to what you get built in, I personally would go for the
The main reasons for having VS is the soft start (not such a big deal
with the 11 amp 690) or for spinning larger bits safely.
A 690 is not going to handle using large router bits in a table that
much, it doesn't really have the guts to handle it, you'll need to do
it in multiple passes. Also there's the size of the hole in the
subbase. If the bit can fit in the hole in the stock plate, you
shouldn't need to slow the speed down...
When I want a new powered hand tool I always check the local pawn
shops. They have a lot of crap but also a lot of good stuff goes
through there. I bought a DeWalt plunge router for my table at $60
when it was selling for $349 new. It runs perfectly and looked almost
new when I bought it. I picked up a PC biscuit jointer in about the
same condition for $40.
I can understand your sentiment but it's a lot harder to sell stolen
merchandise to pawn shops these days. At least in my state. I found
out after my entire shop was stolen. After losing my job I took
another one in the next state, 4 hours away. For 3 months I was only
able to go home on weekends. One weekend I found that my shop (30 x
30) was completely emptied. Nothing ever turned up in the pawn shops
but lots of the smaller stuff ended up on e-bay. I also found some of
it at the flea market up the street. The police weren't helpful at
all as you might expect. The only thing I had serial numbers on was
the big stuff and I've never found any of it. The insurance company
wasn't any help either. They offered me $1100 for a shop that I put
over $10k into. That was 4 years ago. Now I'm slowly but surely
trying to accumulate enough tools to build the projects I want. It's
a lot harder this time around with lower pay. Not only that but I
eventually lost my house because it was vandalized beyond selling
while I was out of town.
I have the larger Triton. It incorporates fixed base adjustability and the
ability to plunge out of the table. It is variable speed and you want this
for the larger bits. It is easily adjusted, has above the table bit changes
and these days the Tritons are INEXPENSIVE. 4 years ago I paid $325 IIRC
they can now be had for $100 less.
Oh, and it has been hanging up side down in my Bench Dog router table since
I bought it.
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