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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-03-2011, 01:05 AM Thread Starter
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I am purchasing my first router, for a home workshop. Is a 3hp ( dewalt 625) too heavy a router for wordworking projects? Perhaps the 2hp model?
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I have a Makita 3612c and don't find it too heavy for hand held work.

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Hi Gary, Welcome.
Depends on the type of projects you intend to do. I think it is good to have at least one big router in the collection, especially if you want to use it in a router table.

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I have a 625, well balanced and enough power. I also have a smaller Elu 96e that is for smaller stuff. If you start off with the 625 and you find it is too big, builld a table and buy a smaller one for hand held use. I keep my 625 on a plate and swap it between 2 tables. I have the small Elu and a larger Elu 177e for hand held work.
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I think you have a good choice. My first router was a Sears about 30 years ago. I never did use it much or appreciate its potential. Then 10 years ago or so I got intrigued by the Router Workshop on TV. Last year as I approached retirement, I too wanted to get into routing and joined this forum where I did a lot of reading but not much else. For my first purchase, I bought the large Triton which is a good router but I don't have enough experience with others to compare it as an only router. I've since bought a used PC 690 which is a fine smaller router and also a laminate trimmer. I like all three and have used each some. I think having one router is kind of like being a fisherman and having one fishing pole. Good luck with whatever you decide on.
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Welcome to the router community Gary.

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