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The Table Routing sub-forum seems to be about just tables, so I thought I'd post this here. AND, I am truly sorry for posting such a broad question but after checking the stickies, I can't find any that address this. If there is one, pointing me to it will be fine.

I am looking to buy a new router for mounting on a table. It will very likely be mounted without a lift at first, but ultimately I do want to make a lift. I'd like to be cost-effective, I think I can spend somewhere around $350. Less is good too.

I am and will always be a hobby woodworker. "What do you want to build?" is a great question but honestly the answer is equally "I don't know" and "everything." I do understand that no one router/table will be everything to everyone. I have to believe there's a great place to start, and I may have to interpret some of the guidance for my own purposes.

If the answer is not "buy this", helping guide me to an answer is great too.

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Hey, Lee;

You'll get lots of advice here from the members on this topic...the question gets asked a lot! Nobody likes making the wrong decision.
But when you're making your choice, take Customer Service and quality control into consideration. If things go wrong, that's not the time to discover that the parts aren't available until Never.


Personally, I recently bought the Bosch 1617EVS specifically to mount in a new router table. I already had it's big brother, the 1619EVS plunge, but since I prefer hand held routing, for what I normally do, it's not going in the table, even though i think it's the only plunge that has a spring defeat built in (specifically for RT use).
BUT if after reading and hearing reviews about Bosch you decide the 1617 series will do just fine, please consider the 1617EVSPK...it comes with both a plunge and fixed base, for under your budget.

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I just read the reviews on The New Woodworker and it really does seem like a very nice offering. They also had some details on the RA1165 Under-Table Base which seems really nice. At least the way the article was written it makes it sound like it addresses all of what I think I need.
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Lee, you came to the right place to ask about routers.

I suggest you look for the Bosch 1617EVSPK combo kit. All of the current kits have the through the table adjustment hole in the fixed base so there is no reason to get the table base; just take the knobs off the fixed base for the same results. This is the set up I used for 10 years trouble free.(still none)

You will find this kit on Amazon for about $220. http://www.amazon.com/Bosch-1617EVSP...osch+1617evspk

You will want the following accessories to make best use of your router. The RA1151 centering cone; The RA1126 quick change adapter and the RA1100 guide bushing adapter.(this allows you to use PC style guide bushings) You can hold off on the Bosch dust collection accessories if you have a shop vac and build the simple fence with dust collection shown.

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Holy moley ... you have a couple routers!

I can see I'm not going to get talked out of this one. I'll go ahead and tell the wife and take my lumps now.
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I'm another 1617 devotee. The "table base" is really the handheld fixed base without the maple knobs. So...the 1617 EVSPK gets you the fixed base, which mounts well in a table, and affords bit adjustment from above (you do have to reach under table to release and close the latch). I use my plunge bases for pretty much all of the hand-held work. From Mike i learned that under the 1617's base plate is a 3-hole mounting pattern that matches up with the same pattern that Porter Cable uses in the 690, so it's easy to find add-on sub bases and mounting plates.

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So I imagine the "coarse" adjustment is done via the notches in the body, and the fine adjustment is via the adjustment screw? The article I found (which may be dated) said something about the table base having an extension for that screw - is this also present in the fixed base?

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Lee, it is actually a socket hole in the end of the fine adjuster screw than can be reached from above the table with an additional small hole you must drill in the mounting plate.

Speaking of mounting plates the Grizzly plate sells for $13 and I recommend you buy 4 of them. You WILL end up with more routers in the future if you are like most of us. The plates can also be converted for special jobs. You can also use the plate mounted router free hand as shown by BrianS while we were building a few Router Workshop style tables.

You can pick up a cheap router and mount it to one of the plates and leave it set up with a round over bit, just swap out routers in the table instead of doing an additional bit change. I have a table set up just for round overs.
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Lee, it is actually a socket hole in the end of the fine adjuster screw than can be reached from above the table with an additional small hole you must drill in the mounting plate.
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Speaking of mounting plates the Grizzly plate sells for $13 and I recommend you buy 4 of them.
It's almost like you knew what I was going to ask next.

I found the plate:

Grizzly.comŽ --

Does that come with the pin-thingie to lever against when freehanding?

Any suggestions for levelling?
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