I'm looking for a quality router - the quieter the better. The router motor
needs to be removable from the handle assembly because I'll be mounting it
in a cnc gantry table. I need at least 2 horsepower - more is definitely
quiet and router are oxymorons.
well, if you just turn it on and don't actually rout anything, it isn't that
loud. remember, these are direct drive, high rpm motors - they're going to
I have a porter cable 7518 3 HP in my router table - it's a routing beast
and eats wood for fun. I also have a 2.25 HP dewalt router with the fixed,
d-handle and plunge bases. It is very versatile and I highly recommend it.
(I think the model # is DW 625, IIRC).
Several people have said the Porter Cable 895 routers are reasonably quiet.
I think they're 2 1/4 HP. They come with an above the table height
adjuster, which looks attractive to me. I don't have one yet, but am
planning to order one within the next week or so...
Yep -- get good hearing protection. There simply isn't any such thing as a
quiet router, not one that runs, anyway. A universal motor spinning at 25,000
rpm is gonna be loud.
Doug Miller (alphageek at milmac dot com)
How come we choose from just two people to run for president and 50 for Miss America?
The first router I ever used was a B&D plunge and the second was a PC
(690?). The sound on both was actually painful without ear protection. I now
have a PC 890 and compared to the others, I hardly notice the noise unless I
am really hogging wood. I still try to wear ear protection though. One of
the tool review books gave noise ratings on the various routers and the 890
shared the lead on least noisy, but I can't find the book and I can't
remember who the other contenders were. Maybe someone can point you to it.
The 890 is 2 1/4 hp.
I'm running a 5HP Colombo spindle on my CNC router; and think
it's about as quiet as a router can be. At speeds below 10K RPM I
sometimes have to check the controller display to see if its
running. In the 15K to 24K RPM range I can hear it; but it's
still quiet enough to stand beside it and have a normal phone
That's when its idling. Noise while cutting depends on speed,
bit, and workpiece material - anything from near whisper quiet to
full scream requiring hearing protectors.
I normally run my router in the 10K - 18K RPM range. I have a
Delta (not the same Delta that made my Unisaur) controller that
allows me to set the spindle speed in 0.1 RPM increments anywhere
from 0 to 24000 RPM (considerably more control than I need). The
Delta controller has an RS-485 interface that allows me to
control the spindle from my PC.
You can learn more at http://www.pdscolombo.com
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