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Hello, this is my first time on the forum, I have been spending alot of time browsing through the threads and have really enjoyed it, but haven't found the answer to my question.
I am ordering a bench dog cast iron router table that attaches to my table saw. I am also looking to buy a new router to mount inside.

My question is, do they make a router (besides triton) that is:
- at least 2.5 hp ( I would like to make raised panels)
- can be adjusted from the top of the router table without having to buy a router lift.
- can also be removed to do fixed and plunge routing.

Also, Ive kind of heard mixed reviews on triton, Any thoughts on these?

Any other ideas would be appreciated.
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Hello, this is my first time on the forum, I have been spending alot of time browsing through the threads and have really enjoyed it, but haven't found the answer to my question.
I am ordering a bench dog cast iron router table that attaches to my table saw. I am also looking to buy a new router to mount inside.

My question is, do they make a router (besides triton) that is:
- at least 2.5 hp ( I would like to make raised panels)
- can be adjusted from the top of the router table without having to buy a router lift.
- can also be removed to do fixed and plunge routing.

Also, Ive kind of heard mixed reviews on triton, Any thoughts on these?

Any other ideas would be appreciated.
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Personally I prefer a big router (3hp+) for in the table and a small router for hand routing.

Most big routers that are good for table work are way to big, heavy and bulky for hand held work. I have a Porter Cable 7539 3 1/4hp plunge router in my router table. I have a second 7539 I scored brand new at a Goodwill for $40 sitting on the shelf. I have never used the 7539 for hand held work. I also have a Dewalt DW618PK plunge/fixed base 2 1/4hp router kit. It is an excellent router that also never gets used.

For all of my shop work I either grab one of my Porter Cable 690 routers with the D handle or one of my old Stanley 1hp dome top routers. For awkward jobs the Stanley routers get the most use because they are the smallest and easiest to manipulate. I didn't pay more than $20 for any of my Stanley routers. MY first PC 690 was a gift from my parents, the second one I picked up used for $40.

I have plunge bases for my PC 690's and my Dewalt 618. I don't find that I have much need for a plunge router.

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Hello, this is my first time on the forum, I have been spending alot of time browsing through the threads and have really enjoyed it, but haven't found the answer to my question.
I am ordering a bench dog cast iron router table that attaches to my table saw. I am also looking to buy a new router to mount inside.

My question is, do they make a router (besides triton) that is:
- at least 2.5 hp ( I would like to make raised panels)
- can be adjusted from the top of the router table without having to buy a router lift.
- can also be removed to do fixed and plunge routing.

Also, Ive kind of heard mixed reviews on triton, Any thoughts on these?

Any other ideas would be appreciated.
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If you want to make raised panels, you need all the horsepower you can get PLUS good electronic speed control. I have a Porter Cable 7518 that I was happy with until I tried to make raised panels with it. The speed control allows the speed to fluctuate too much. I also have the Triton TRA001, and am happy with it. The electronic speed control on the Triton is much more effective. If you are shelling out for a cast iron table, go ahead and buy a 3.25 HP router with the expectation that it lives in the table. Then get a smaller router for hand-held use. There are many good options to choose from, but I'm partial to my Porter Cable 690.

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Jay if you're going to do a lot of heavy cutting go with a shaper. The money you are spending will go a long ways to buying one. We have two 3 horse Grizzlys and they work very well. We have the spindle for using router bits as well and use them a lot in the shapers. One of ours has a power feeder to make things go faster and more accurate.
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Triton for the table is my choice, Bosch 1617EVSPK for hand held and plunge use. The Bosch will also work well in the table. I do like the extra horsepower and above table adjustment of the Triton in the table though.
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Triton for the table is my choice, Bosch 1617EVSPK for hand held and plunge use. The Bosch will also work well in the table. I do like the extra horsepower and above table adjustment of the Triton in the table though.
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I thought that with the Bosch 1617 you could do above table adjustments also? This was the other option Inwas considering.

I would love the shaper but not sure I can justify the cost. I am a recreational woodworker, although we are building a new house and I am planning to do all the shelves, cabinetry, etc....I may end up ordering the doors... Not sure.
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Jay if you're going to do a lot of heavy cutting go with a shaper. The money you are spending will go a long ways to buying one
I'm with you, Dennis. The torque of an induction motor, together with the "flywheel" effect of a heavy rotor and arbor shaft make spindle moulders (shapers) much better suited to making heavy cuts such as panel raising

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