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Question Advice, plz?

Hello, members
New kid in town, here.
I've been trying to get serious about the toys in my garage, lately, and a router table plan is slowly taking shape in my head.
My problem is, half of my two 690s bit the big one, and the survivor is acting cranky. I,d be grateful for any input on a suitable replacement.
Specifically, with all the combo base kits around, is there a plunge base that's better than others, or one to run screaming from? I've read bad things about Hitachi's plunge, but haven't seen much if any on other brands.
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I had some problems with my Hitachi M12V in a table. The columns got some fine sawdust in them and I had trouble freeing them after leaving it for too long in the table. I haven't had the problem yet with the M12V2 I'm using in the table now. The reason I switched is that the V2 has above table adjustment capability and it has a wider throat opening. There are bellows available for the plunge tubes to keep them cleaner but mine doesn't have them. The V2 really was designed for table use but wasn't advertised as such. It even has screw plugs in the base of the plunge tubes so that the springs can be removed or replaced easily. Power wise, it's equivalent to a 7518 PC.

Many are using the Bosch 1617 which is a mid size router. It has fine adjustment capability above the table. I've heard it doesn't adjust through the full range of movement from above the table. I should check my son's kit out that I gave him to see if that's true. It is a top quality router and Bosch has the best customer service. Power wise it's equivalent to an 890 PC.

Many members are using Triton's for their tables and you never hear anything bad about them here, as long as they stay in the table. They are top heavy for free hand routing. If you want as much horsepower in your table as you can get then the big Triton is probably the way to go.

PC was bought out a few years ago and the quality isn't what it used to be. I would stay away from them. In particular the bearings are poor. Both my PC sanders lost bearings almost simultaneously and the bearing in one was a cheap skate board wheel bearing which I can buy for $.80 each in ten packs.
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Hello and welcome to the router forum Rich
Bosch 1619 EVS you can get a refurbished for about half price

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Welcome, Rich.
Bosch,Makita, or Tritons,Milwaukee, you can't go wrong, If you can get the old PC's (Before 2000)repaired they used to be the standard of the industry. But for table use, most of the new routers are made for above the table adjustment.
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Welcome to the forum Rich , I’m sure you’ll enjoy it here . Btw we like pics.


Can you not change out the ceramic bearings for better ones in your 690’s ?
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@RainMan 2.0 In my car fixing youth, it was never a good idea to replace original parts with better versions, or used parts with new. The new parts often just transferred stress to other parts of your engine or tranny, which would cause more failures. I wonder if that's still true. I would never bother trying to repair, I'd just go for the Bosch and be done.
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Thanks for the welcome, folks.
Rainman, my dead 690 lost the fan, AND brushes, and the other is starting to vibrate in an alarming fashion.Also, 1.5 hp? Meh. Right now, I can upload a shot of a refinished gunstock, or a top hat mod on my DC.
Thanks, Herb, wrong is where I can't go. Momma is telling me to make up my mind on Christmas gifts.
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Semipro, I'm thinking Bosch, thanks to you guys
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Again, thank you all, I think I like it here . . .
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Chuck, . . ."The V2 really was designed for table use but wasn't advertised as such. It even has screw plugs in the base of the plunge tubes so that the springs can be removed or replaced easily. Power wise, it's equivalent to a 7518 PC."
I AM new to this, but, "equivalent to a 7518"?
You interest me, sir . . .
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