One of these days I need to upgrade my table router. I am using a Bosch
1617; it is a bit underpowered and can be difficult to adjust.
There is a Milwaukee 3.5hp available new locally for $200. That seems like
a great price, but several people complain on Amazon that the height
adjustment breaks quickly.
The other "premier" table router would seem to be the Triton, but people
complain on Amazon that the quality control is sketchy.
Have either of these problems been overcome recently? The local Milwaukee
price is attractive, but since this will hopefully be the last router I get
for my table, I hope to do it right even if it costs a few dollars more.
> One of these days I need to upgrade my table router. I am using a
> 1617; it is a bit underpowered and can be difficult to adjust.
> There is a Milwaukee 3.5hp available new locally for $200. That
> a great price, but several people complain on Amazon that the height
> adjustment breaks quickly.
Can't comment directly on either product; however, have a local
Milwaukee service center less than 15 miles from me.
Over the years, they have bent over backwards to help me.
I have to assume it is not just local, but a corporate thing.
If you have a local Milwaukee repair center, it would strongly
influence my decision.
Lots of routers, all with problems sometime within their production
Milwaukee had serious runout problems early. Now spindle is chatter
Just how in the hell does a consumer make a decision with all this
confusion goin' on; (did he fire 6)?
Who knows. Some help at the http://patwarner.com/selecting_router.html
Add on the cost of the router and it's starting to get into some serious
money. It does look like a very hefty unit though. Any comments you can make
on the unit that you have?
On a side note, for their international shipping, I'm gratified to see that
Canada had the cheapest rates so at least they're not taking the opportunity
to gouge every client.
The one I have was an aluminum body. IIRC, it was about $200. I use a
socket in my drill to run it up fast for bit changes, run it back down to
close to where it should be. Then I use the speed wrench for the final
It is easily adjusted in very small increments with the provided gauge. It
can be zeroed out from any setting. It holds the settings perfectly no matt
how much wood you pas over the bit. I can't think of a single negative, nor
would I want to be without one again.
I have a Bosch 1617EVS. It has been very good, I got it at a good price at
the time. It has done everything I've needed done so far, but I've not done
any raised panels. If I ever do get into heavier work, a 3 HP would be
good, either PC, Milwaukee, or any of the "better" brands.
I've been using the 1617EVS for 3 years. I find the magnesium corrodes and
it gets difficult to adjust. If yours doesn't, you are fortunate. Also, if
you ever do a raised panel you will definitely want more power.
Ok thanks. I read on the Bench Dog site in the PDF manual for the Pro Lift
that Milwaukee routers were not compatible with it. Keep it in mind should
you ever decide to upgrade for making raised panels. :)
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