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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 12-30-2009, 12:17 PM Thread Starter
 
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Default New Router - talk me out of a PC7518

Okay, I'm relatively new to routers, but I'm not completely green. I've borrowed/used quite a few, and I have an idea of what's out there. I like tools that don't wear out... ever. I don't want to buy a router that then I end up doing a job where I have to buy another router to complete the task. I don't know that raised panels are in my future, but I wouldn't bet against it. Whatever router I end up with, it will go in a table with a good lift. Price really isn't an object, compared to quality. I would rather wait and save, to make sure I get something I won't regret later.

With that as my frame of reference, what would I want other than a PC7518?
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Eric... First, let me tell you that I'm prejudiced. I have a 7518 in my Incra/Jessem Mast-R-Lift and I cannot imagine a better combination out there. It takes hard maple without even indicating its doing anything... and doesn't even get warm after 90 minutes of routing with a 1" bit. I haven't yet had a chance to test it with a large panel bit, but I look forward to it.. and know it'll perform well.

The case to be made against the 7518 is whether or not such a heavy-duty router is needed for the hobbiest. There's lots of folks here turning out beautiful raised panels with 2-1/2hp class routers such as the Bosch 1617VSPK. It has above-the-table adjustment (hence no lift needed) for less than half the $$$ of the 7518/Mast-R-Lift combo. That leaves more $$$ for bits.

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There's no way I can talk you out of a PC7518. I have the motor only in a Jessem lift. Very good fit for both.
The only negative I can think of is it's a heavy beast. IIRC, it weighs in at 15lb, and with the lift, it probably tops 20 lb. But, no wood I've thrown at it even begins to bog it down. Mine has run many, many feet of oak, maple and walnut raised panel profiles and it's still singing right along. VS and soft start....IMO, its real workhorse.
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Eric,

Talking you out of a great router would be silly. It is as already said, a real workhorse. It is also quite flexible and capable of doing a great many functions. The only drawback would be, as previously mentioned, is weight. It's a heavy beast, but not when compared to other units in it's class. It is just heavy to use all day long when a smaller hp unit can do much of the lighter work, without making your arms sore!

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Hi Eric

It's a very nice router for the table but do think about a router with a lift build in, and VS control, many of the new ones come with one..

It's like buying a new truck and then buying some new tires to go on it,you are always ahead of the game to get them on and in place at the same time..

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Okay, I'm relatively new to routers, but I'm not completely green. I've borrowed/used quite a few, and I have an idea of what's out there. I like tools that don't wear out... ever. I don't want to buy a router that then I end up doing a job where I have to buy another router to complete the task. I don't know that raised panels are in my future, but I wouldn't bet against it. Whatever router I end up with, it will go in a table with a good lift. Price really isn't an object, compared to quality. I would rather wait and save, to make sure I get something I won't regret later.

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Thanks, great info everybody.

So as a side question: If I get the PC7518 and a lift for table work, what should I be looking for in a portable router? You know, for working on things that can't be brought to the table?
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Thanks, great info everybody.

So as a side question: If I get the PC7518 and a lift for table work, what should I be looking for in a portable router? You know, for working on things that can't be brought to the table?
I have the Freud FT2000EP 3-1/4-Horsepower Electronic Variable Speed Plunge Router for hand use. It's really too big and heavy. I think my next one will be the PC 893PK. Or, maybe the smaller Freud. I really like that Freud I have...all except for it's weight and size.
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I like tools that don't wear out... ever.
This is the closest you'll get to don't wear out .....ever..

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Ok, Joe taught me I do have a price limit! Not an $800 router. I'm sure it's great, it certainly has a lot of neat features, I don't think it's for me.
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Okay, I think I'm set on the PC7518. If I get the PC7518 and a lift for table work, what should I be looking for in a portable router? You know, for working on things that can't be brought to the table?
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