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 ).