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1. I think I understand the difference between a plunge and solid base router, but which one would better for a table mounted system.

2. If I decide to go with a PC router, is there a table that is specifically designed for that make, and which models lend themselves more to table mount.

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Hi Dennis

It's a 50/50 thing for me,,they both work well in the table,I do like the solid base router in table ,it gives you more room to get to the collet, it comes down how you change bits, the PC will just slip out real quick and you can sit it on the table top..but if you want to change the bit from the top side it can be a PITA, the plunge router can have a lift kit put on it so you can change the bits from the top side..I do like to save the plunge router base for the hand jobs

but again it's 50/50 thing,it's how you use the router the most of the time ..

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1. I think I understand the difference between a plunge and solid base router, but which one would better for a table mounted system.

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Hi Dennis,

I am with BJ in the fixed base club, but only because it works best for me. As far as the PC router goes, it should work in any tabe made with the right mounting plate.
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Hi Dennis,

I am with BJ in the fixed base club, but only because it works best for me. As far as the PC router goes, it should work in any tabe made with the right mounting plate.
Thanks for the answers on the fixed vs. plunge.

Now about that mounting plate. That's a confusing thing for a newby.
Do table manufacturers make multiple plates that cover essentially all routers?

Right now I'm leaning toward a Craftsman router and table because I have hi expectations that they should work together. Besides, the Sears store is only a half mile away
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You want a plate that will let you use any bit you have or will have, plus you want a way to choke the hole down for the small bits,,,with the brass guide inserts that will fit the plate,,
You may need to drill the plate to mount the craftsman router but that's no big deal,just use the base plate that comes with the router..
Plus you want plate that will let to lift the router out with out taking the handles off or in to get it in the hole

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Thanks for the answers on the fixed vs. plunge.

Now about that mounting plate. That's a confusing thing for a newby.
Do table manufacturers make multiple plates that cover essentially all routers?

Right now I'm leaning toward a Craftsman router and table because I have hi expectations that they should work together. Besides, the Sears store is only a half mile away



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The debate of plunger vs. fixed base for a router table will probably always rage on. I prefer a fixed base for a router table.

There are a LOT of great solutions out there. It just depends on the amount of money you want to spend and how much time you plan on using your router table. I have gone through many iterations over the years and I am now using the Woodpecker V2 Precision Router Lift. Kinda pricey but allows for above the table bit changes and bit height adjustments with fine tuning. And yes, they will fit with a wide variety of routers. Just visit their site. I coupled mine with a Milwaukee 6525-20 router.

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Ok, I think Brad voted for using no base and spending the additional money for a aftermarket lift. There are two schools of thought on router tables Dennis. The first is the "Whistles and bells" method where you have lots of T tracks, micrometer adjustable everything with LCD readouts, fancy aftermarket jigs and fixtures. The other method is the "Keep it simple" way taught by Bob and Rick Rosendahl of the Router Workshop. Both ways work and it is a choice you should make before you spend any money. I have used both methods and for me "Simple is better." This is not being critical or those who choose the other way, again both ways work. Look through the forums and you will find many different tables. One will be right for you.

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