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I am recently retired, keen on woodworking, and a rookie when it comes to routing. I wish to attach a router to a router table. Should I attach a fixed base router or a plunger-based router? Are there many pro's and con's, or an obvious method? Many thanks.
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I am far from an expert but MHO is fixed base.

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Using a couple of old Craftsman routers & a Bosch 1617EVSPK & a Dewalt DWP611PK Routers in SW Louisiana.
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for me i use a fixed bosch 1617ev in my table and also have plung base's for my other pc 690's so if you have both do as i did, now if you only have 1 than you have one plung router than i guess you have your answare , i don't belive their is a reason to put a plung router in the table, you didn't say which router you have but most have a way to change the height adjustment and you didn't say if you had a pop out router base plate? for the table for bit change , or a wrench for top bit change, good luck

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Hello Dave, welcome to the forum.

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Thanks gents. I'll attach my fixed base Porter Cable router & give it a go. Cheers.
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Thanks for the advice. Will upgrade my profile. Cheers.
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Welcome aboard David.

Fixed or plunge depends on the router itself really. Triton's plunge bases are well suited to table use with the ability to adjust height from above (drilling a hole may be required). Without a lift, many folks prefer to use a plunge base. On the other hand, my Bosch 1617's manuals (US version--UK model is different name) say that their plunge base is NOT to be used in a table--but the fixed base has through the top adjustment available.

Your PC's manual may give you some insight--but you won't go wrong using the fixed base.

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Not all fixed bases will work in a table. I tried using my old Dewalt 610 with rack and pinion depth control. The first time I unclamped it, the motor fell onto the bench I had the bench top table sitting on. I have a Hitachi fixed base that would probably work okay in a table but I prefer using my plunges.

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Welcome to the forum, David.

If all you have is a Porter Cable. I would use that.

However, very quickly, you will learn that you may need a second router so that one can be left full time in the table.

My vote would be for the Triton.

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If all you have is a Porter Cable. I would use that.
Welcome aboard. Yep, totally agree, start with what you've got. I have several old Craftsman routers, all fixed base, all 1/4" shank. They're each mounted to a homemade router plate, making swapping quick and easy, and so far they've answered all my routing needs.

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