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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-05-2012, 03:26 PM Thread Starter
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Hello I'm new today and look forward to being part of this community. My question is what is the best kind of router for a router table. I have a porter-cable with 2 bases. should I use the fixed or th plunge? Model 690lr motor and 1001 base and plunge base 6931. thank you Angelo
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Welcome to the router forum.

Thank you for joining us, Angelo.

Good question and one that come up from time to time as there are many multi-based kits on the US market. If I had to make that choice, I would use the fixed base in the table and plunge base for hand held work.
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There have been several threads about this -- you might find them by searching on something like router table plunge router.
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Angelo;
The plunge feature will not be usable when mounted on the table, therefore, use the fixed base. Porter Cable has one fixed base that can be adjusted for height from above the table if you drill an access hole. I have this and it is very convenient.
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Angelo, for the best results mount the fixed base in your table. A plunge base is far more useful for free hand work. You might also consider building a ski jig for your plunge base; with a ski jig you can plane a smooth surface on your wood that doesn't require sanding. This is an inexpensive way to thickness material to the size required.
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I have a Bosch 1617 in my table, with a Rockler FX lift. I like it for its speed control and it feels really nice in the hand. Its fixed base can also be used as a lift, although I don't use if for that. It does require two adapters to use PC guides, but they're easy to find on Amazon. I looked a PC and don't really like the height adjustment--to me, the Bosch seems a lot more carefully designed. There are some reports of Bosch on off switch filling with sawdust, but they are mostly from a few years back. I think it doesn't hurt to use compressed air to blow out the dust now and again regardless of brand.
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Thanks evryone for the replies. I am just getting into the routers. Ihave bought a Kreg portable table (very small shop.Wife won't park her car outside!!) Iam rewally looking forward to start working with the table. Again thanks I'm sorry I didn't reply sooner I drive truck and I'm gone for a week at a time. Angelo
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I just built my first router table. I had a Rousseau plate that I purchased years ago and never used until now. I mounted my 690 PC router w/ the 1001. Do I wish it adjusted from above? Sure, but I can live with it for now.

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"... I think it doesn't hurt to use compressed air to blow out the dust now and again regardless of brand."
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I've been doing that for years myself, but others here have warned about causing serious damage (Stick or Chuck?) by blowing particles into places they don't belong(?)...
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"... I think it doesn't hurt to use compressed air to blow out the dust now and again regardless of brand."
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I've been doing that for years myself, but others here have warned about causing serious damage (Stick or Chuck?) by blowing particles into places they don't belong(?)...
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