I am just getting back to routing and need advice on a router considering what I already have.
About 15 years ago, I bought a Jointech system but never set it up.
I also purchased a Woodhaven tabletop with a Woodhaven phenolic plate that has only a single hole (1 3/8", I think). The plate sets on four pieces of plastic that has 4 screws for leveling. In addition, I purchased a Bosch 1613EVS 2 HP plunge router.
In the interim years, I did manage to build a cabinet-style router table, but I haven't yet attached the top.
I have done some hand-held routing recently and want to finish off the table and use the Jointech system for dovetails and the like.
I think I will need a plate that can handle different size inserts. Can I buy a set of 5 inserts and drill my existing plate (how do I make the hole?) or do I need to get a whole new plate?
Now, what router should I use in the table? I can use the Bosch 1613 and buy a separate router for hand use (probably the PC 1.75 hp with D handle) or I can buy a router for the table and use the 1613 for handheld work (plus I could pick up the PC in the future).
* What do you suggest I do and buy?
* If I buy a router for dedicated table use, which one should I buy? Should I just get 3.25 hp? I don't know that I will do heavy duty routing requiring such a large router, but it may be best to cover all possibilities. The PC 7518 seems to be the gold standard, but the Bosch 1617 and Milwaukee 5625 and the Hitachi seem pretty highly regarded.
* Is there a reason to prefer either a heavier duty (3hp+) or lighter duty router for the Jointech system?
* I know there are mixed reviews on here regarding the lift systems, but would the Jointech digital lift provide a benefit when using the Jointech IPM fence due to its precision and repeatability?
Thanks for your thoughts and assistance!!