I am fairly new to woodworking and routers, which leads me to my question.
Will a 1 3/4 hp be enough for most jobs, I am between the PC 690 and the 890
series of machines, also the Bosch 1617 seems to be popular. Mostly it will
be used for edge forming and some dado cuts, the main reason is price the
money not spent on the router can go into bits. Any help will be
appreciated. Thank you.
A plunge base is essential if this is to be your only router.
Don't be too concerned about hp (mostly manufacture myth in any event).
Don't be too concerned about buying "bits", just get them as you need then.
: "CW" wrote in message
: > "Swingman" wrote in message
: > > A plunge base is essential if this is to be your only
: > You'll probably need the plunge feature at least 2% of the
: Completely unsupportable and irrelevant statistic ...
nonetheless, he will
: have it when he "needs" it.
: Last update: 11/06/05
I agree. Also, being a relative newbie of many years, I'd have
to say I use the plunge almost all the time. About the only time
I don't use it is sometimes when I'm thru-routing something.
Even then it's nice to "unplunge" it and know the bit is more or
less safely out of the way, especially for setting the router
The only problem I had with the interchangeable plunge base for the 690 is
that the router guide was not concentric with the bit. I could not get good
dovetails with the Omnijig. After every test PC service told me they can't
hold the tolerances close enough to make them symmetrical.
For general purposes the dual use, plunge feature is probably more practical
than horsepower concerns. The ones you note will probably be fine. I have
an older 17xx series plunge set and couldn't be happier.
Horsepower becomes more important when you start turning the bigger bits in
a table. The ones your are looking at now will work fine in a table for
I forgot a standard router comment. "You get what you pay for" applies to
routers as much as any woodworking tool. Cheap machines with poor depth
locks waste wood and raise bloodpressure. However, the ones you mention in
your post should be fine.
Give the Milwaukee 5616 EVS a look. Rated at 2 1/4HP and although in
agreement with Swingman about HP rating being mostly hype, this one has
enough balls for me to believe the rating is close, if not more. (Around
165.00 US$ on Amazon.)
I also like the Hitachi M12V. Gobs of power, not very elegant but all of
it functional..and the plunge action is good enough for what I do.
(Around 155.00 US$ on Amazon.)
I use both routers daily (I have more than one of each) , and I push
them pretty hard. Not a hiccup yet. I like them much better than the PC
routers I have destroyed over the last 20 years.
Horsepower is an issue if you plan to do considerable rail and stile
routing for cabinet doors. Even more important is the need to have a
variable speed router if you plan on using massive router bits.
I would also suggest you purchase a plunge router. If you become more
than a novice woodworker you will want to purchase more than one
router, at which time you should look at larger horsepower tools.
Additionally; you will likly be doing more table routing where larger
HP machines can substitude for a Shaper.
Go with the PC. I have been using them for years and they are great. I do
like Bosch tools but they have irritating problems such as the switches clog
with dust and fail I have had two friends buy the Bosch kit on sale at
Amazon and both switches failed
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