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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 02-05-2009, 03:18 PM Thread Starter
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Hi, I am new to table routing and have a couple of questions.
I bought a new Bosch portable cabinet style table from Lowes and want to find a good (not expensive) router. I put my older (but mostly unused) Craftsman router under it but it is a pain to use. It has the old turn-to tighten screw for height adjustment and you better be holding on to it because when you loosen it, it just drops. So fine adjustments are out.
So I guess I am looking for above table fine adjustment.
Another issue is bit changing. I read somewhere (can't find it again) that some routers allow you to change bits above the table.
These questions have probably been beat to death, but I wanted to post the questions myself. I hope that's okay.
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You might want to check into the Craftsman routers, There is one fella on the forum that swears by them, and I believe I will give them a look next time I get one. Right now I have a Ridgid and am very happy with it.

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Hi Rick
Most of the newer router will do what you're wanting (adjustment wise)
I think it's Triton that has enough movement to come up through the table to allow bit change above the table (all depending on the table thickness). Their are other "easier" ways to change bits (other than remove the router from the table) out there.
You have to look at all the features, & reviews & then decide which one will work best for you. You may have to drill a small hole in the table to get to the screw for fine adjustment, just be sure to put the router in the table & mark the hole in the right place (my top has 2 holes for the allen wrench to go thru, only one is usable )
Sound like which ever brand you buy now, will be an improvement over the older style. Minimum to me (for a table) would be one with a 1/2" & 1/4" collet, soft start, variable speed & at least 2-1/4 hp.

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Thanks for the replies.
Dave, could you give me some examples of "easier ways"?
I'm really in the dark here.
One of the problems I have is all of the info and products I see are on the internet. But near me we only have "big box" stores like Lowes. So all the gadgets and gizmos I want to buy or at least look at (hands on) don't exist in these stores, nor do the employees have a clue either. So I can't go look and say "oh THAT'S how it works".
Thanks again,
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Hi Rick
Most of the newer router will do what you're wanting (adjustment wise)
I think it's Triton that has enough movement to come up through the table to allow bit change above the table (all depending on the table thickness). Their are other "easier" ways to change bits (other than remove the router from the table) out there.
You have to look at all the features, & reviews & then decide which one will work best for you. You may have to drill a small hole in the table to get to the screw for fine adjustment, just be sure to put the router in the table & mark the hole in the right place (my top has 2 holes for the allen wrench to go thru, only one is usable )
Sound like which ever brand you buy now, will be an improvement over the older style. Minimum to me (for a table) would be one with a 1/2" & 1/4" collet, soft start, variable speed & at least 2-1/4 hp.
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Welcome, Rick. How far are you from Buffalo? There is a Woodcraft and a Rockler store there. Either of these places would be a good place to go to check out some routers and router goodies.
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I live about 30 Miles south of Syracuse


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Welcome, Rick. How far are you from Buffalo? There is a Woodcraft and a Rockler store there. Either of these places would be a good place to go to check out some routers and router goodies.
This is a prime example of why members should put their home town in their profiles. It makes it a whole lot easier to help in a lot of instances.
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Although the traditional method of bit-height adjustment involved having a pair of pins on the router motor that tracked in spiral grooves in the base, so you'd loosen the lock nut on the base, and then turn/spin the router motor, some newer designs use other methods, I believe. (All of my routers use the spin design.)

There are also various designs for router lifts, some "after-market" and some original equipment.

My Rockler table uses an insert plate, to which the router is mounted (after removing the stock base). The plate also has 1/4-20 holes on either side of the plate. So, for me, it's easier and quicker to thread in a couple of 1/4-20 bolts and remove the router/plate assembly to the top of the table. Then, everything is in the light, so I can better see to change bits, make height adjustments, etc.

Plus, the two 1/4-20 bolts are a lot cheaper than the after-market lifts.

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hi there! Glad I'm not the only new guy around. Sounds like you are about 40-50 miles south of me - brrrr!

I went with a Dewalt router 2 1/4 for a couple reasons

1/4 and 1/2 inch (the case for most routers this size)
the height adjustment does not spin the power cord connector (unit moves straight up and down with a color instead of the whole unit turning)
clear bases which aid visibility
super easy to remove from the base
goes up high enough to change bits in the table
a lot of pre-drilled plate options
The have a D-Base handle (which I got just because I thought it looked neat)

I realize that some people don't like dewalt - that's fine, I do
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Hi Rick and welcome. It seems like you've already got a lot of good advice. I know it's a ways from you , but there is also a Grizzly store in Muncy, PA. I went down this week, and was very impressed w/what they have and the knowledge of there staff.

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I love my DeWalt's.

I think they are a great bang for the buck and do everything I want them to do.
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