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Hi Guys.
I am from South Africa and down here the prices for routers are but steep!

I am a brand new woodworking enthusiast and started looking at building my own furnisher. I am (46) not a novice where it comes to DIY, but with the prices and quality of furnisher, decided I can still pay for wood and the cutting thereoff, but need some advanced tools to get real good finishes.
(Enough of me, let's get the questions off...)

What I am looking for is ultimately a router-table to work on. I will use the router ever-so-often as a hand-held unit, but can forsee the unit 95% being housed in a table. After investigating, I came up with a couple of choices that I need help with. Please could you advise me on which you found the best unit, as I would not want to purchase again.

My choices are:
1. Porter-Cable 690LR 11 Amp Fixed Base Horsepower Router
2. DEWALT DW618PK 12-Amp 2-1/4-HP Plunge and Fixed Base Variable Speed Router Kit with 1/4-Inch and 1/2-Inch Collets
3. Triton TRA001 3-1/4-Horsepower Precision Router
4. Freud FT2200EP 3-1/4-Horsepower Variable Speed Plunge Router with Free Edge Guide

One big difference I can see is the PC is a bit under-powered (insert Tim the Toolman kind of laugh!)

Thank you
Aubrey
ps - My first ''job/project" will be to build a router-table. I am looking at getting the "MLCS 9338 All-In-one Router Plate Kit" as an insert...
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Hi Guys.
I am from South Africa and down here the prices for routers are but steep!

I am a brand new woodworking enthusiast and started looking at building my own furnisher. I am (46) not a novice where it comes to DIY, but with the prices and quality of furnisher, decided I can still pay for wood and the cutting thereoff, but need some advanced tools to get real good finishes.
(Enough of me, let's get the questions off...)

What I am looking for is ultimately a router-table to work on. I will use the router ever-so-often as a hand-held unit, but can forsee the unit 95% being housed in a table. After investigating, I came up with a couple of choices that I need help with. Please could you advise me on which you found the best unit, as I would not want to purchase again.

My choices are:
1. Porter-Cable 690LR 11 Amp Fixed Base Horsepower Router
2. DEWALT DW618PK 12-Amp 2-1/4-HP Plunge and Fixed Base Variable Speed Router Kit with 1/4-Inch and 1/2-Inch Collets
3. Triton TRA001 3-1/4-Horsepower Precision Router
4. Freud FT2200EP 3-1/4-Horsepower Variable Speed Plunge Router with Free Edge Guide

One big difference I can see is the PC is a bit under-powered (insert Tim the Toolman kind of laugh!)

Thank you
Aubrey
ps - My first ''job/project" will be to build a router-table. I am looking at getting the "MLCS 9338 All-In-one Router Plate Kit" as an insert...
Hi Aubrey,

I have the Triton TRA001 mounted in my table and have nothing but praise for it.

I cannot comment on the others. ( Porter Cable and Freud are not available in Australia and DeWalt is very expensive for a hobbyist.)

I use a Makita 3612c? for hand held

James
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Hello Aubrey;
Is the Porter Cable 890 available? Or the PC89xPK set with both bases? I have one in my table and have also used it hand held. Nice router.
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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-31-2009, 09:38 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for all the reply's

I can get the "Porter-Cable 7518 Speedmatic 15 Amp 3-1/4 HP Fixed Base 5-Speed Router", but a bit pricey. Funny-enough, the DeWALT unit is at a very good price...

I am very excited!
Cheers
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AxlMyk, I loved your blurb at the bottom of your mail
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Hello : Aubrey, Very glad to have you here, I believe that you are wise to ask others about the routers. Do you have the different free router table plans? There are some nice ones listed in the galleries. What type of wood will you use. I know that the species of materials can be much different. Would you also please put where you live in the profile area. I am sure that many will like to know where you are from.

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Good morning everybody (From a cold, wet Cape Town,South Africa)

After a lot of reading and going to suppliers looking at a vast amount of inferiour machines, I was fortunate enough to find someone selling his (Almost new, maybe 10-15 times used) Triton TRA001 3-1/4HP router for a 1/3 the listing-price. It also came included with the Triton Template Guide Kit.

So, thank you very much for all your mail, suggestions and the vast amount of info on this forum, I can't wait to do the first cut!

My problem is I am in a Townhouse (74m2), but is in the process of purchasing a house with huge potential for a workshop.

Thanks again everybody
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Congratulations on such a good find. I'm new too and looking forward to learning.
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Own the big Triton for table use and a 2 HP Ryobi for a hand-held.

The Triton is a smooth powerhorse with decent collection. Couple that with extended collet ability, an auto-locking collet when fully extended (no reaching under table & one-wrench bit swapping), it was a good choice for me.

Recently coupled it with the "Router Raizer" (Router Technologies) from Peachtree for $89.99 (minus 25% for a sale) to adjust bit height from above table and love it. (You remove the pluge spring and replace it with the Raizer mechanism and it works great!)

Good luck.
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