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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 12-25-2016, 01:58 PM Thread Starter
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Porter cable 7518 In a Table

I am assuming the Porter cable 7518 is still the gold standard for an under table mounted router on a lift?

Planning on adding this to my shop, but want to know if there is a better option. Mostly looking for speed control and power to run larger bits.

Router lift IIRC is Incra, but think it has been a few years since I bought it.
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It is to me Chris , just be careful about Stick . He's pro Bosch and has many dislikes about the porter cable . Apparently they use ceramic bearings which burn out prematurely. They can be replaced with better ones though if one likes .
He also mentions distortion problems with the case , none of which I found on either of mine after checking with calipers

Update : Oops , my bad , apparently ceramic good
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it is to me chris , just be careful about stick . He's pro bosch and has many dislikes about the porter cable . Apparently they use ceramic bearings which burn out prematurely. They can be replaced with better ones though if one likes .
He also mentions distortion problems with the case , none of which i found on either of mine after checking with calipers
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Actually Rick, Stick suggests replacing the stock bearing with Ceramic. I had the bearings on a PC ROM and on a 1/4 sheet pad sander go at the same time and they are some of the cheapest bearings money can buy, If you buy one of them in bulk you get it for about $0.80 each.

The 7518 at least was the gold standard but I'm sure if it still is. Any lift maker designed their #1 lift to hold that motor and then either made others of different sizes or offered shim rings for other model motors. I would see if you can find recent reviews on that motor and if you have a repair depot close that also handles other brands I would ask them how the 7518 compares.
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Are P-C 7518s really that bad these days? And if they are, which Bosch model would be a suitable replacement? I'm even wondering if the deWalt DW625 (minus base and legs) could be engineered into a router table lift. It has 2000 watts of power and a high quality collet design (identical to some Festools)
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Eric quite a few of the newer routers have built in lifts like Triton, Bosch, and the Hitachi M12V2 to name a few. You mount them on a plate and drill a hole to access the lift mechanism. On my M12V2 it's a 14 mm nut so I keep a speeder handle with socket on it for adjusting it. There's also the Router Raizer which attaches to plunge routers to lift them. I saw one member who used an automotive scissor jack under the router to lift it. But plunge router motors generally can't be fitted to a conventional lift because you can't separate motor from base, unlike fixed base routers.
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Eric quite a few of the newer routers have built in lifts like Triton, Bosch, and the Hitachi M12V2 to name a few. You mount them on a plate and drill a hole to access the lift mechanism. On my M12V2 it's a 14 mm nut so I keep a speeder handle with socket on it for adjusting it. There's also the Router Raizer which attaches to plunge routers to lift them. I saw one member who used an automotive scissor jack under the router to lift it. But plunge router motors generally can't be fitted to a conventional lift because you can't separate motor from base, unlike fixed base routers.
This is really interesting to me as I knew nothing of this....the pain of being more of a hand tool guy...THANKS!
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So is there an appropriate Bosch router for a router lift? I am primarily looking for speed control to run larger bits. mainly a hobbyist but my routers seem to see at least weekly use.

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how large of a bit???
1617 or 1619 will work well in a table.........

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