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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 03-03-2008, 11:55 AM Thread Starter
 
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Hoping for some advice from our experienced members.
I'm in the process of building my router table and the two routers that I own are not adequate for the table. Both are 1 hp and with a 1/4" collet.
I'm thinking about a Porter-Cable 892. What do you think about this model?
Does anybody have installed one recently and if so, do you want to share your opinion?
My appreciation in advance.
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Mario,

I've got 2 of the 890 series, and like them both. Mine are both around 3 years old now and I've had no trouble with them. One is an 894pk set with the fixed base and the plunge base, the other is a plunge base only. They've made a few modifications to the plunge base, but I have no first hand experience with that.

The fixed base (like the 892) is great for a table. The height adjustment is pretty easy, you're not fighting springs or anything. I really don't use the above the table height adjustment that often, mainly because I like to get down close to the bit and check the height of the bit by eye anyway, so most of my adjustments are done inside the table.

In all, I've been happy with the routers, and have no problem recommending them.

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I recommend the Craftmen 17542. Cost about $70,oo USD. HP 2. LED lights and variable speed. Fixed or combo. You are not going to beat this router.
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Hi Mario

I would dido what Doug said..

I do like the PC routers ...PC makes many add on items for them...that's real plus for routers..plus you can find them every where....




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HD has the Dewalt DW618 3 base kit on clearance right now for $139 (normally 279) if you can find one in stock. Nice 2 hp router with 3 bases (fixed, plunge, d-handle). The motor is detachable so it would work well with a jess-em fx lift or you could use the fixed base with your table. Nice router kit. Not as much juice as a 3 hp router but it does a good job hogging out deep cuts.

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$139 for the 3-bases kit? Where are you at? Which HD?

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HD has the Dewalt DW618 3 base kit on clearance right now for $139 (normally 279) if you can find one in stock. Nice 2 hp router with 3 bases (fixed, plunge, d-handle). The motor is detachable so it would work well with a jess-em fx lift or you could use the fixed base with your table. Nice router kit. Not as much juice as a 3 hp router but it does a good job hogging out deep cuts.

Happy hunting.

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Mario
I vote for the PC. I have the 7518 mostly because of the 3 1/4 hp. It's a beast. Can't say enough good things about it. Spendy but I am very pleased with it and it will be around for a long long time. Best router? It is for me and the one you pick will be the best one for you. Good luck with the future new toy.
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I live in Sacramento, CA. I found 2 in stock at the Stanford Ranch store and one in stock at the Howe store. I bought all three (one for my dad and one for a friend). You can buy the display model but it isn't worth it unless they still have the case. The collets (the collets are $29 a piece from B&D) and power cable are in the case. They knock another 10% off if you buy the dispaly model. I had to find the display unit case up in the storage area myself. The clerks don't really search that hard for the cases. Most HD's throw away the display unit cases so you need to be lucky.

The HD SKU is 290-229.

Good luck. Hope you find one. It's a sweet deal.

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Thanks guys.
I just tried my cousins PC 690 and it is a good setup.
barring any indecision, I will be buying the PC 892.
I appreciate everybody's input.

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For the table, I can't say enough good things about the Triton 3.25. My 2 cents. Check it out. The above table bit changes are awesome and no lack of power. Customer service is second to none along with pretty good DS.

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