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I'm about ready to begin my table build, but I have one last detail to clear up, first. I have a Skil plunge router that does everything I want for hand held. I want to purchase a fixed base router to be used in the table. My question is: For a dedicated table router, is soft start really necessary?.....

Thanks for your patience, while I learn.....
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IMHO soft start is advantageous in keeping a hand-held router from getting out controll. In a router-table situation it's not necessary. A plunge capability is an unnecessary addition also. However a high power machine IS a good idea. Use your money wisely. A fixed base with a good depth of cut control and your in business!

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IMHO soft start is advantageous in keeping a hand-held router from getting out controll. In a router-table situation it's not necessary. A plunge capability is an unnecessary addition also. However a high power machine IS a good idea. Use your money wisely. A fixed base with a good depth of cut control and your in business!

Soft start is not important for a router table but variable speed is. You may want to consider this one with an external speed control.

Hitachi M12SA2 3-1/4 Peak HP Plunge Router, Single Speed (Reconditioned)

Edit - I just noticed the recon version is out of stock but I have dealt with this company before and they pretty good about notifing you when stock is available. IMHO it is a pretty good buy for a 3-1/4.

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2 1/2HP at least and variable speed is a good idea.
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Carl,

As long as the router does not have variable speed or soft start you should be able to use an external switch/speed control. Here's a link to one supplier of them. A picture is attached.

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You can get the same thing from Harbor Freight for around $15.00. ;-)
They work great. I use one on my little Ryobi intermediate table set up.
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Thanks, everyone. I'm trying to decide between the Bosch 1617 and the PC 892. Looks like either one will do well. This is a hobby for me, and the 3 1/2 hp units just seem like it's something I will not need.....again, thanks for the help....I like the switch.....
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An advantage of an outboard speed controller is easy trouble-shooting and service if things go wrong.
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Carl, be sure you get a Bosch 1617, not a 1617EVS since this is the model with the soft start and variable speed. The 1617 is what I use with an external controller and I have been trouble free for many years.

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I went with a Triton 2-1/4 H.P. Router after much research. It's a plunge style that COMES with an above table table height adjuster (No need to buy seperately, as with Bosch and PC) and is also V.S.. I put it together with a KREG Precision benchtop router table. I love the combo. It allows you ABOVE the table bit changing and has automatic collet lock when fully raised.
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