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What is the most economical router for table and hand use. I have looked at the Triton
3-1-4 hp I like the features.
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Hi George. Welcome to our little corner of the 'net.

That's a hard question to answer. The Triton is a good choice, but 3 1/4hp is a monster, but it would do anything you would ever want out of a router. If you have experience and are just moving up a bit, it might be a good choice for you. If you are just a beginner woodworker, I might recommend one of the newer Craftsman multi-base models. At 2 to 2 1/4hp they will do almost everything the bigger ones will do at a much more economical price. And, with the multi-base option, you can leave one base fastened to your table, pop the motor out and put it in the other base and be set up for free-hand routing if you need to.


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In my opinion, "economical and 3 1/4 hp router" can't be used in the same sentence. :-)
They are expensive unless you get one of the routers from Harbor Freight.

Good luck in your search.
Note: I have a pair of Bosch 1617 combos. No complaints here.

Edit 2: It will make raised panel doors. That should be a pretty good testament of the 1617. See pics attached.
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Welcome to the forum, George.

You have not let us know what other routers and experience you have, so your question is a bit vague.

I have 2 3 1/4 Triton routers I use in the table and also hand held occasionally.

They are, IMO, great routers.

I agree with Brian and Mike. It really depends on what you plan to do with the router.

BTW, Triton also make a 2 1/4hp router...

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George, Welcome to the Router Forums! We hope to be able to provide you with helpful information that may improve your projects, economy and most of all - your safety!
I'm going to have to agree with the others and say that there are a lot of good brands out there and differing "deals" are subject to pop-up at most any time. 3.25 HP is a lot of router if you are just starting-out, but if you're used to this - it will not surprise you.

Depending on how much use you will need, most any well-known brand at that horsepower will do the job. Tritons are certainly praised by many who use them. For me personally, I always make certain I am buying something that I can get serviced easily and quickly access parts, etc. Nothing (to me) is more frustrating than having to wait a month for some dinky little part or accessory! Make sure you buy from someone who has parts-on-hand.

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Economical is is a bit of a loose term. Good value for what you intend to use it for is possibly a better question. After a lot of research, I have gone to Bosch 1617s. Bought a second motor for my table. I think the Triton is clearly a great router, but at my age, horsing that thing around is more than I want to handle. I see the 3 1/4 Triton as a table machine. I had a Skill router kit that I sold off pretty quick, it was OK, but it doesn't hold a candle to the Bosch. There are several other brands that are fine, but after handling all the alternatives, I found the 1617 was the best for what I use a router for, and I prefer its knob handles. Wish it had switch on the handle, but a floor switch makes start/stop convenient MLCS 9080 Billy Pedal Foot Switch, Deadman Style. It also has a LOT of very well made accessories, dust collection add ons and the fit and finish is hard to beat. The height adjustment is very precise and solid, much more precise feeling that all the other brands I checked out, including the DeWalt, PC, Makita, each of which I spent some time with in the store before buying my first kit. The router is such a great tool that how it feels in YOUR hand is an important consideration. The price on the 1617 is reasonable as well. Don't mean to put any of the other routers down, particularly the Triton for table use. Just my opinion after doing my own due diligence. My wife also supports my woodworking habit, keeps me home, but out of her way. Of course, that means I support her quilting habit, and the cost of her quilting and sewing machines is a bit more dear than my entire shop full of tools.

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Hi, Mike.

The cabinet in your last picture looks great!!!

BTW, how is your little helper?

We, woodworkers are everywhere!!!
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