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View Poll Results: Polling to buy new router
1.Makita 0 0%
2.Bosch 9 33.33%
3.Hitachi (Metabo) 0 0%
4.Porter Cable 2 7.41%
5.Dewalt 3 11.11%
6.Triton 9 33.33%
7.Ridgid 1 3.70%
8.Milwaukee 2 7.41%
9.Skil 0 0%
10.Craftsman 27683 (chose only this model, due to availability) 0 0%
11.Festool (if I can find a deal) 1 3.70%
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post #11 of 19 (permalink) Old 09-07-2019, 11:27 PM
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Yeah, many lifts cost as much or more than the Triton. I also went with the Woodpecker aluminum plate with the twist lock inserts. Extra heavy thickness, easy access to the bit with the quick in and out inserts. A wide variety of insert sizes also available. The Triton also has air flow from below, upward, to encourage top side DC. Nice.

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Heh, heh. I have I think 5 great routers, they are all Craftsman, I think 1/2 HP or so, and the newest one is somewhere over 10 years, maybe 15. They all work, are all used in my homemade table, all 1/4" shank, and all do exactly what I want them for. Hmm, maybe I'm not the guy you want to ask.
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Seeing how I've only had Craftsman (older) and now only use Bosch (newer) I really can't say one way or the other as I haven't tried any of the others. I did use a Festool in a class as wasn't particularly comfortable with it but had I used it more I may have fallen in love with it....
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My next router table will not have a lift or plate. The table top will be hinged at the back, and gas springs will help lift and hold it up when I want access to the router. I like the Triton router, but not in a router plate. Too much error in the table to plate joint and in most router lifts, so I don't want either of them. I've seriously considered the Sommerfeld top and his pivoting fence design, but may make my own. The rest of the cabinet will have drawers for bits, accessories, and routers. Other than that I have no hard plans for it yet. Maybe will build it next year.

I presently use a Delta Router/Shaper for vertical bit table routing and an RBI router table for horizontal and angled bit routing. Neither seems 100% satisfactory for everything that I want to do.

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...I've seriously considered the Sommerfeld top and his pivoting fence design, but may make my own. Charley
Everything I've gotten from Sommerfeld is top notch. I know he changed the design awhile ago. He's an old cabinet maker and if you watch his videos, his technique is amazingly straightforward. He uses and also sells the Triton, so it's probably a great combination.

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I've been using a Milwaukee 3 1/2 HP ( 5625-20 ) in my table for several years with absolutely no regrets. This is from my package:

Includes a 3-1/2 max hp fixed-base production router, two 1-1/8 in. collet wrenches, 1/2 in. collet, T-handle wrench and 2-1/2 in. sub-base (I also purchased a 1/4 in. collet - but rarely use it)
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Readily converts any existing table or production jig setup
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I run a Porter Cable 690 and a Dewalt DW625 in my table.
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Ok, I am back from my mini vacation (fort Lauderdale beach, metal detecting).
From the poll, 2 are standing out. The Bosch and the Triton. Most likely I will get the 3 Hp Triton. But let me ask a question of the Triton owners.
Do any of you use the router raizer? Is it more for speed, or accuracy? As long as I never have to take router out of table (change bits for example) Then I would only need it for speed, I always use scrap material before I do any cuts to check height (or setup blocks). So accuracy is not a concern.
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No need for the Razor with the Triton. BTW, Sommerfeld makes a star shaped Easy Set for some of its bit sets. They also make them for Freud bits. These jigs are not only accurate, but they account for (dial in) the thickness of the workpiece. They look the same except the Sommerfeld setup is Yellow, the Freud is red. Here's the Freud model.

I used the Woodpecker plate to mount my Triton. It is a bit thicker than others and has a twist lock for inserts and you can buy a wide variety of insert sizes. Used to have it in a Rockler plate, but got tired of losing the insert screws.

https://www.amazon.com/Sommerfelds-E...SIN=B00GEC2HCW

https://www.amazon.com/Woodpeckers-P...91&s=hi&sr=1-2
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