Hi! It's been too long since I hang around in here. Of course I didn't
forget you guys, and I am sure LOT new friends are in here too! Greetings.
I bought a brand new PC 7518 yesterday. I thought the junk router table I
got would work for a while but found out it won't even attach the 7518. So,
anyway, I have two things needing help/advices.
1) I was trying to be open-mind to find a 3-1/4HP router, but seems PC are
only widely available over other brands? I was looking for DeWalt, Bosch,
even Milwaukee Elec, and couldn't find much out there. I end up buying the
PC 7518 (I haven't even turn it on yet). The 7518 collet does not have a
spindle lock (have to use two wrenches). Is there 3-1/4HP router that has a
spindle lock that I can do it with one hand? It would be so much easier
(for router table), would it? I have PC 690 which I have to use two
wrenches. Now that I haven't been cutting wood for too long, I am just
getting back to warm up my shop. By now, I thought the PC 7518 would be
changed/updated after all those years, but it hasn't changed a bit!?!? I am
planning to use this router for router table (most likely leave it there)
and start trying out raise-panels.
2) Router tables... yes I read Pat Warner and others. I rather buy a router
table than make one at this time. Right away, Bench Dog comes to my mind.
But, Rockler seems to make good ones too? I saw one fence that can fold to
like 45 degree, is that a necessity? Since I am "new" to raise-panels, I
got PC 7518 (should I keep it?) and need a table. I have questions, but I
am sure you know those common questions, so fire away tell me your
experience/suggestions (or guide me to another thread, post the date and
subject)... Should I get a bench model (and I make the legs so that the top
levels with my DeWalt Table Saw)? Sure would like something to store the
1/2" bits, but that I can make (got a Jet Drill Press).
Thank you. This is my first time trying out the Xnews (just want to stop
using the MS NewsReader, but still use IE :D ).