choosing a router - Router Forums
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-03-2011, 02:05 AM Thread Starter
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Country: New Zealand
First Name: gary
Posts: 10
 
Default choosing a router

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?
Thanks
Gary
gary hopkinson is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-03-2011, 06:01 AM
Official Greeter
 
jw2170's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Country: Australia
First Name: James
Posts: 18,230
 
Send a message via Skype™ to jw2170
Default

G'day Gary

Welcome to the router forum.

Thank you for joining us

I have a Makita 3612c and don't find it too heavy for hand held work.

James
Sydney, Australia
.

I don't mind if other members disagree with my comments.
I don't profess to know everything, and I may learn something new.

"Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity."




jw2170 is offline  
post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-03-2011, 07:37 AM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Country: United States
First Name: James
Posts: 2,304
 
Default

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.

James
Whittier, CA.

Have a nice & safe day!
jlord is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-03-2011, 08:29 AM
Registered User
 
Mike Wingate's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Country: United Kingdom
First Name: mike
Posts: 1,124
 
Send a message via MSN to Mike Wingate
Default

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.
Mike Wingate is offline  
post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-03-2011, 08:35 PM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Country: United States
First Name: Roy
Posts: 24
 
Default

Gary,
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.
shotgun is offline  
post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-04-2011, 06:08 PM
Forum Contributor
 
Dr.Zook's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Country: United States
First Name: Dave or "Doc"
Posts: 10,715
 
Default

Welcome to the router community Gary.




Dave
the "Doctor"

In woodworking there is no scrap, only firewood.



Dr.Zook is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Router Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in











Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Ridgid R2930 (fixed and plunge base routee) xplorx4 Tool Reviews 15 09-23-2014 09:15 AM
Sort Members by City or Zip RJM60 Site Help and Suggestions 56 03-13-2014 06:40 PM
First Benchtop Router Table, get a plate or go bare? silentblackhat Table-mounted Routing 38 05-30-2012 03:30 AM
Grizzly G1035 Shaper vs Router Table GAVolunteer Table-mounted Routing 11 06-30-2010 07:35 AM
New here burlboy New Member Introductions 9 01-15-2009 12:53 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome