What is the best router to mount on my router table? I'm figuring that
I will need a 3 hp router for efficiency, but is plung or fixed base
better for the table. I am mounting in an extension wing of my TS.
Thanks for any feedback/advice.
I personally own 17 routers and the woodworking school I own has about
50 routers. I have owned or used just about every brand and
manufacture. IMHO....the Porter-Cable 3 1/4hp fixed base 5 speed model
with a Benchdog raiser....like everything this subject has been much
debated here on the rec....you can do some research and find what best
fits your needs and pocketbook....good luck
Mike from American Sycamore
After years and years of using a 1611 Bosch hanging upside down I ended up
with the Triton.
You do not need to invest any extra for any type router raiser. You can
change bits above the table with out having to remove the router from the
table, a BIG plus. It is so to speak 3+ hp. It can be use as a plunge or
fixed base router with out changing bases. It is variable speed. It comes
with a guide fence for free hand use. You can coarse or fine tune adjust
height and the motor will not fall out of the base. It is damn ugly but
If I had to do it all over again, I'd pick the Milwaukee 5625...above
the table access to adjustment, tons of power, excellent bearings.
The PC 5-speed production router (I have 2) has been reliable and
faithful...but PC has been asleep at the wheel, IMHO.
For the 'one-does-it-all plunger...*ducking* The 2000 watt Festool.
When idling, the thing feels like a Swiss watch..so incredibly smooth...
until you lean into it...damned thing doesn't flinch. Never have
experienced that much, clean power. It almost feels like an upside-down
shaper. The double bearings and superb electronics makes this my next
router. If I have a beef, it's the fact that the lowest speed is already
12,000 RPM, which is a bit fast for a 1 1/2 full bullnose bit clawing at
3 layers of 1/2" Wilsonart Gibraltar. The slow speed and high torque of
the Hitachi M 12V at 8000 rpm is more my choice. Right now I'm needing a
whole lot of stuff, so that Festool purchase is on the back burner...
but not for long. I just dropped $489.00 US plus shipping on 4 American
Made clamps.... 4 (four). I can only build so many counter tops at the
time... slooooowly easing into THE BIG purchase when I will start
looking for about 500 BFT of clear cherry...... I have some projects in
mind.... they have been on hold too long.
I still need:
A Planer. 3 blades, no bigger than 13" Induction motor. Dunno what yet.
It's all about the blades anyway, right? (That Williams & Hussey has my
eye).... all in due time....
A Jointer.. probably just a 6" with a 6' bed...induction motor.. like
Delta. it's all about the blades anyway, right?
An accurate table saw.. I like the look and feel of a Powermatic 66. ( I
just bought a Ridgid portable for my solid surface strips)
DC system..new and improved...
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