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I want to set up a router table. I am looking at the Porter Cable 891. I am also wondering if a "lift system" for the table is worth the money. Any feedback
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I've had good luck with my 890 routers.

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I, too, have had good service from PC routers. But, some of them are only a few decades old, so it may be too early to tell.

My suggestion, however, is to size the router by the work you plan to do on the table. If, for example, you plan to do raised panels using large-diameter bits, a 3 1/4hp 7518 may be more appropriate. In that case, you may also want to spring for a lift. Having a (good) lift is otherwise a matter of convenience and the condition of your back. (Lifting a heavy router and plate from the table at arm's length can be a pain. Literally.)

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Hi Randy

Many of the newer PC routers come with a lift built in, so to say you don't need to buy a lift for them, and yes it's worth the money to have a lift in the router table..

Just a note if you are going to spend 200.oo for a router I will suggest you take a hard look at the Craftsman 2 1/4 HP Pro.it comes with 3 bases (plunge,standard base, D-Handle) and all the neat items built in on all of them ..VS,soft start,Lift kit,Lights, etc.all in a nice case..looks likes a PC right..more bang for your buck..
I will say I got the two I have on Sale from Sears for 89.oo ea.
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Amazon.com: Porter-Cable 0891 2-1/4 HP GripVac Router: Home Improvement

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* Soft-starting, 12 Amp motor features full-time electronic feedback that maintains motor speed through the toughest applications
* variable-speed control feature (10,000 - 23,000 rpm) enables bit speed to be optimized for changing applications
* Release the motor, adjust height, and clamp the motor from above the router table with 3/16-inch hex socket (sold separately) or model # 75301 kit
* Dual-position switch allows user to cut power while maintaining control of the router
* Spindle lock feature allows for single wrench bit changes; Durable latch lever enables quick and simple coarse depth adjustments and motor release for transition between bas


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I want to set up a router table. I am looking at the Porter Cable 891. I am also wondering if a "lift system" for the table is worth the money. Any feedback
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I have the 890 as well and it works great in a lift and has power enough to do raised panels with ease.I picked up one recently at HD for $53 as it was a display model and they are clearancing them out at HD.
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