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Default Recommended router HP for rail and stile

I am going to buy a different router for my table mounted router. Will a 2.25HP be enough to do rail & stile cutting. I’m eyeing a PC item.
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Welcome N/A..
yes to the HP rate and PC may not be the better choice...
do a search on PC routers here...
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https://www.routerforums.com/search....archid=7269739

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For the table, I recommend that you consider the 3.25 hp Triton TRA001. While too heavy for me to handle freehand, it excels in the table. It also has a built-in lift so you can adjust the bit height from above the table. That is no small thing. A lift for the excellent Bosch can run 200-400 dollars, while having the lift and more power with the Triton is only about $50 more than the Bosch 1617 EVSPK or any of the other mid-sized routers that get recommendations around here. I've had the Triton for several years and really like its power and performance. You'll likely get a lot of feedback for your question.

I'm not really a Porter Cable or DeWalt fan, but since I don't own them, I really can's speak to their quality. Having looked them over in the store, I was not impressed with the build. I do have two Bosch 1617s one of which was in my table before the Triton, and performed very well. I had a Rockler lift, but I couldn't get it to lock at a set height. Another guy here bought it and says the lift works fine for him.

Not sure how experienced you are, so I'm attaching a pdf on the major things I learned that helped me speed up my learning curve. Maybe it will save you some money. It's long, but has pictures.

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A lift for the excellent Bosch can run 200-400 dollars,
the Bosch 1617 doesn't need a lift...

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Welcome to the forum. You don't need a particularly large router for rails and stiles. Those bits aren't that big. It's nice to have more power to use the large raised panel bits. The mid sized routers will do it but they have to work pretty hard. Cutting part of the waste off on the table saw helps and doing it in several passes helps. For big routers the Triton gets consistent high marks.
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Welcome to the forum. As for the router I use my 1617EVSPK and it just does the job well, I have a life on mine but it will work directly attached as well. The only time i've had to really slow down how much I take off is either deep cuts or raised panel and that's normal procedure.
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You can definitely do rails and stiles with a 1-1/2 hp router; I did several with a porter cable 690 series router. You can use a 2-1/2 hp router to raise panels, but I'm recommend doing it in 2 passes.

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I'm a bit more passive and did I think three passes if not four. Even with a 3.5 HP router I'd make multiple passes just because of the amount of wood being removed and of course safety reasons as well. That and my blood doesn't seem to clot as fast these days......I've got more time than I use too as well........
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