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I just recieved my new Kreg Tabletop router table PRS2000
What router would you recommend for it? I'm new to using a Router Table.
Mostly to make rabbets for frames to start, but may expand its use for more complicated cuts. Also do I go with a fixed or plunger router ?

Thanks in advance for you help

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Welcome, Does Your insert plate have holes predrilled for a certain router go with that model ,if Ya have to drill holes Yourself Some of the Porter Cable routers work well I have a 2 1/4 hp PC router on my table and it does all I need, Picked it up at Home Depot on a clearance (got lucky) I have seen some Dewalt routers that work well also. Craftsman also has some models that would work I have a 1 1/2 hp model, my cousin has it now and it is still goin strong. Mostly it is a personnel choice Good Luck in whichever Ya choose

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I think the youtube advert for the Kreg table features a Triton TRC-001 router. There are some comprehensive reviews on the internet.
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I just recieved my new Kreg Tabletop router table PRS2000
What router would you recommend for it? I'm new to using a Router Table.
Mostly to make rabbets for frames to start, but may expand its use for more complicated cuts. Also do I go with a fixed or plunger router ?

Thanks in advance for you help

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Nice little benchtop table. If the plate isn't already drilled for a specific router, you can put anything under there that will fit. IMO, for a benchtop table any of the 2HP +/- will do just fine. I would suggest you take a look at the Craftsman kit:
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The fixed base will go nicely in that table and it has above table adjustments. You then have the plunge base for hand held work

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HI Manny - Welcome to the forum
Nice little benchtop table. If the plate isn't already drilled for a specific router, you can put anything under there that will fit. IMO, for a benchtop table any of the 2HP +/- will do just fine. I would suggest you take a look at the Craftsman kit:
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I am homeowner, DIYer, so my powertools get moderate use. I also take exceptional care of my powertools. That said, I've gone through TWO craftsman routers in 4 years. On the first one, the spindle lock pin broke off inside the spindle. On the second, the gear that moves the motor up and down literally broke in half. Both issues made the routers unusable. And, not surprisingly, they were just out of warranty, so I'm stuck with them.

The craftsman 2hp router is powerful, but the materials it's made of are simply junk. Spend an extra 50 bucks or so and get a DeWalt or Ridgid.

I won't be buying any more craftsman powertools.
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Sorry about that Charles, I missed that particular review and I'm not a Craftsman fan by any stretch. For what it's worth, I use a Freud 1700 in my benchtop table, it also has above table adjustment access but on an open base benchtop, it is equally easy to access the adjustments either way. I am not sure if the 1700 is still available new though as Bosch took over some of the Freud power tools and the Freud 1700 and Freud 3000 seem to have disappeared. I hesitate to recommend any other particular router as I'm not familiar with what is available in the UK. I assume Bosch, Makita and deWalt, all of which have good reputations.

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I have a Craftsman Router and it is powerful but I will tend to agree some of is built cheap, my biggest complaint is the adjustment will slip 7 out of 10 times even in the lock position ,,,that is why it is kept as a spare

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You must be talking about the older Craftsman models the new models are great and well worth the money..

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Here in the UK, the Triton TRA001, TRB001 and TRC001 are considered to be one of the best table routers due to above table bit changing capability. The codes are international separators. The only physical differences in the TR model range is that some come with a "press and turn" twistlock to change plunge modes, others with a push-button mode change (both situated in the right-hand handle).

Additionally the Trend T11 EK 2000W 1/2" Variable Speed Workshop Router also allows for above table bit changing but is very expensive.
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Hard to beat PC,DeWalt,Bosch or Milwaulkee when it comes to durability and price!
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