I don't know about everyone here, but I still don't see a real
comprehensive analysis in the magazines with the features important to
me as to which router out there is really the best for a router table.
Here are the criteria I think are important. I know I have missed a
few, so I would be interested in other's enhancements.
* Router should have a tabletop height adjuster built in. (Why pay the
cost for a router lift today when so many have the feature. Some cost
more than the router!!)
* Router should have a good range for all bit types. (The router
should go down far enough for bits that just want to groove or need a
lot of range for their application and up far enough that they don't
need a bit extension.) I have a Dewalt DW625 that used to be touted as
a good router table router. It has a real problem with range and the
ability to go up high enough. I HAVE to have a bit extender which
amplifies the vibration. I also had to install a Router Raizer.
* Here is something that I don't see mentioned: The ability to release
the bit without turning 3 or 4 turns for the self release mechanism to
work. (Mark Sommerfield uses a Hitachi M12V that I think has that
* A bent wrench to remove the bit from top of the table. I made one
for my MLCS extender. I don't know how you can work without one.
* An accurate dial built in that allows you to make differential
adjustments from a given position.
* A hole for the height adjuster that does not fill in with sawdust
without having to cap the hole. (There can be a gap below the table to
allow the release of sawdust)
Has anyone used the new Milwaukee 3+ hp router with some of these
features? How about the new Porter Cable (890 series?)