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In the market for a Router. Have purchased a table, looking for a big/fat router to stick in here and I know many of you swear by PC or Tritons from reading some of these chats.

The JessEm Router w/Remote Switch ($349) looks to be a great tool as well, along with a digital readout of the speed (RPMS) which I can use (lost hearing).

Can't find too many reviews on this. Has anyone here bought one, compared with others. Or is no news = bad news?

Work: Will start off with frames, boxes, and progress to whatever I can dream of. I know a 3hp motor is overkill for frames , but the intention would be to mount to table and "leave it there". Understand that buying a router is the start of an addiction and 1 is followed by 2, then 3 and so forth.

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As far as I know Jessem doesn’t make routers so if it actually has their name on it it is most likely someone else’s that has been rebranded. Generally Jessem tools are very good quality otherwise. I just can’t speak for the router. PC routers aren’t what they used to be. The Triton gets consistent high marks for table use. I like my Hitachi M12V2 for table. I also have an M12V which is a good router but not as good in a table. I leave my routers and plates just sitting in the table as I like to be able to lift it out when I change bits. That way you can also use the setup as an offset plate for edge routing with large bits where the router only would be unstable.
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I have the Jessem table,lift and it has the old 3hp. PC 7515 ? router with the jessem lift. No RPM meter, I put a variable speed switch on the front. and set the motor on the high speed setting and plugged it into the VS switch. the lift has a dial to set the height with a crank control mounted remotely on the end of the table. I also installed the tilt up sliding miter guide on the fence. It is a versatile machine and does everything I want in a router table.
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In the market for a Router. Have purchased a table, looking for a big/fat router to stick in here and I know many of you swear by PC or Tritons from reading some of these chats.

The JessEm Router w/Remote Switch ($349) looks to be a great tool as well, along with a digital readout of the speed (RPMS) which I can use (lost hearing).

Can't find too many reviews on this. Has anyone here bought one, compared with others. Or is no news = bad news?

Work: Will start off with frames, boxes, and progress to whatever I can dream of. I know a 3hp motor is overkill for frames , but the intention would be to mount to table and "leave it there". Understand that buying a router is the start of an addiction and 1 is followed by 2, then 3 and so forth.

Looking forward to all your feedback.
this one???...
https://jessem.com/products/pow-r-te...te-control-box
that looks to be a very good deal...
I suspect that is a Milwaukee single speed 5625(?) router motor...

some things you need to be aware of w/ JessEm...
North American Made...
they define quality..
you get more than what you pay for...
CS/TS is next level outstanding...
their products will rival anybody out there...

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A while back, Milwaukee and Jessem teamed up to offer package very similar to what you are looking at. I spent alot of time and effort trying to track one down, but by the time I was ready to pull the trigger they had been discontinued (out of production) I did manage to find how to covert a big Milwaukee to a softstart with variable speed and remote controls. Something at the time was said couldn't be done!!!! A couple years ago, someone attempted to do the same thing, unfortunately the parts were no longer available.

I had some issues with speed control early on. The Milwaukee 5625 wanted to surge on occasion for no apparent reason. This went on for several months and then the problem just vanished? Havn't had a problem with it since. Fast forward 8-9 years. I have absolutely no complaints.. The Milwaukee has performed wonderfully. Regardless of what ever I throw at it. The 5625 is an outstanding router for the table. Unfortunately you don't hear much about them in here... The remote speed control works perfectly. While not an necessity, it certainly is nice to just reach down and turn that knob when I want. I also added a Wixey digital height gauge. Darn thing eats batteries like you can't believe. I just got tired of replacing the battery and stopped using it.

You looking to buy IMHO a top shelf package. Do not go cheap on the lift or plate, whichever route you take. It'll be money well spent.

here's a link to my original thread on the matter..
https://www.routerforums.com/table-m...ble-setup.html
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that looks to be a very good deal...
I suspect that is a Milwaukee single speed 5625(?) router motor...

CS/TS is next level outstanding...
their products will rival anybody out there...
That is the one I was looking at to be my first Router purchase. Figured might as well go big and work my way down to the smaller ones. Thank you for your feedback sir!
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You looking to buy IMHO a top shelf package. Do not go cheap on the lift or plate, whichever route you take. It'll be money well spent.
Great feedback. FYI, not going the cheap route. Have the Incra Table "the Works #3" on order. The most painful part of this is the 7-9 week delivery. Am about 5 weeks in. The $64,000 question is will it arrive before or after thanksgiving? Am hoping before as I'll have time off work, etc..

I do have the blessing of the wife for all these purchases.....for now.
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I'm with Stick on JessEm quality, everything I have from them is top notch.

I would not hesitate to buy the router from them, I'm sure they have done their research before they ever decided to offer the router.

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There are a few Milwaukee owners on the forum according to a poll from a few years back. The only thing I ever heard bad about them (the routers, not the owners) was a few owners stripping a fiber or plastic gear used in the height adjustment. This could have easily been a user mistake, as in trying to adjust the router while still locked or not cleaning it if it got sticky. Otherwise they have been a very quiet lot which is normally a very good sign. I suspect there would be more Milwaukee owners if not for the price of them. That is the only reason I never bought one. They tend to be pricey and sales seem to be rare with them.
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