It's certainly not to big to handle, no router is. It may be to big to be
convenient. Depends on what kind of work you want to do with it. Mortising
stair stringers, ect, it would be great. Dovetails, hinge pockets, ect, you
would probably find it a bit cumbersome though it would do it just fine.
For general handheld use, the 1.5 to 2 horse routers are better suited.
I agree with both of these - it would be perfect for a router table,
and probably usable for handheld use, but more cumbersome than
necessary. If you already have a laminate trimmer or smaller handheld
router, and want something brawny for the table, I'd get it. If you're
planning to do mostly smaller stuff (roundovers, chamfers, rabbets,
dovetails, etc.), I'd look for something smaller (i.e. ~2hp
reconditioned models by Dewalt, Bosch, Porter Cable or Makita).
I'm pretty sure that's the same one I have. I have mine in a table. I
used it handheld a few times. While it's doable, it's not very
comfortable. It has a high center of gravity, so it's more difficult to
control when you are doing a roundover on an edge (for example).
For a table, it works pretty good. I'm happy. I've used mine for
roughly 8 years. I've made raised panel doors on it with no problem.
I've heard reports of people saying that it doesn't last as long as the
more expensive ones. That's probably true. I use my router table
probably about 40-60 hours/year. I imagine most hobbyists have similiar
usage.. they run the thing for maybe an hour or two at a time. I think
it's a decent router for the money, and I realize that I'm probably
going to have to replace it eventually. I think as long as you don't
use it for a production machine (10 hours/day) and don't expect to be
able to pass it down to your grandchildren, you will be satisfied.
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