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Won't get into brands as it's irrelevant. I've been using a lighter, older router I inherited as a table mounted router and it's served me well. I recently bought a newer, much heavier model from an acquaintance that was moving. I'm of two minds - mounting the heavier one on the table and using the lighter one to freehand as it's more maneuverable, or continuing to use the lighter one as the table mounted, and using the heavier one because of it's stability in freehanding. Am I overlooking the obvious? Thank you.
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I'd go with heavy table light hand. If you come up with some heavy duty routing that requires a 3 HP pull it out for the job, I did it for yrs.

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I agree with Ron. More power for the table.

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I agree with Charles, who agrees with Ron...

I sometimes use a Triton TRA001 or a Makita 3612C freehand and have not found the weight to be a problem, if you are routing so that the router rests on the work.

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I actually like a heavier router for hand held work tough there are cases (like trim routing) where lighter makes more sense. That said, put the more powerful router in the table as you will get better results for table mounted routing with that. Powerful vs heavy - they may be basically the same thing but it's the power that makes the difference in a table.
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I would say in general the heavier/more powerful one in the table BUT....... I once watched a video of a person doing inlay work in which he preceded to use a heavier router for taking out the bulk of material because he felt it was easier to control when free handing. I think it is really a personal preference.

Just because one is heavier than the other doesn't mean it is more powerful. I have older routers that aren't as powerful as my newer ones yet they are much heavier. There have been some major advances in router technology over the years that increases power while decreasing the weight.

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I've done similar to BOjr, Lam trimmer, T4 and 690 for the fine work and 690 and 7537 for hogging. Having a couple 3 routers can save a project in quality and time savings.

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Thanks to all. Table mounting the heavier router sounds unanimous. Cheers, Barry.
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