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After living with my bottom of the line Craftsman router with the mini table with the wings that won't sit flush, I'm finally taking the plunge on a real router system. I've decided on the Incra LS SuperSystem as well as the PRL V2 for my lift. Where I'm undecided is my router. I had initially settled on the PC 7518, but then heard good reviews on the Bosch 1617 (with the plunge router kit). Because I don't have a plunge router, this seems to be a better option for me.

Is this a reasonable choice? Once the router is mounted in the lift is it easy enough to remove if I have to use it as a plunge router? Is the 7518 that much better? Have I asked enough questions?

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After living with my bottom of the line Craftsman router with the mini table with the wings that won't sit flush, I'm finally taking the plunge on a real router system. I've decided on the Incra LS SuperSystem as well as the PRL V2 for my lift. Where I'm undecided is my router. I had initially settled on the PC 7518, but then heard good reviews on the Bosch 1617 (with the plunge router kit). Because I don't have a plunge router, this seems to be a better option for me.

Is this a reasonable choice? Once the router is mounted in the lift is it easy enough to remove if I have to use it as a plunge router? Is the 7518 that much better? Have I asked enough questions?

Thanks in advance.
Jim Welcome to the forum; there are many here who can assist you getting what you want to do with a router. Just a reminder; there is more that can be achieved when the router is held in the plunge mode, with the aid of template guides. Check out the material below.
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Hi Jim,
The 7518 is a real work horse and one heavy beast. If you plan on working it hard and long, the variable speed, soft start 7518 (motor only) is your best choice for the table. Install it and don't even think of taking it out to do hand held work. Do yourself a favor and get a set of off set or "bent" wrenches, too. Makes bit changing so much easier.
Then I'd get a smaller plunge router for hand held work.
I'm an old guy so, I like the idea of a table mounted or foot actuated switch for the table router. It gets really unhandy to reach under the table to turn the router on/off.
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Hey there Jim...

excellent choices if I do say so myself *S*. I have the LS with a PRLv2 myself. and love it!!! My choice of routers was the big Milwaukee. But my router is dedicated to the table so I dont' remove it at all. I will say just like the PC 7518 the Milwaukee is a workhorse!!
The PC is the standard by which most big routers are measured, but alot of the other guys are coming out with bigger units that are rating and performing well. I can tell ya the Bosch has reviewed well and is well spoken of in here...good luck picking one out S*

as for removing the router from the lift.. not a problem!!!
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Hey there Jim...

I have the LS with a PRLv2 myself. and love it!!! My choice of routers was the big Milwaukee. But my router is dedicated to the table so I dont' remove it at all.
Plus one on the Milwaukee 5625-20, the PRL V2, and the Incra LS system Bill.

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What table are you considering or are you going to build one yourself?


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I have the PC 7518 in a Bench dog lift, The 7518 is a beast with power to spare.

Here's the thing, while the motor certainly can be removed, it is a pain to get it right and then days, a week/s or month later yank it out for a project. A couple times a year isn't so bad but if you're using it off and on for whatever the removal process will quickly get old.

I'd suggest you pick the 1617 or an outright plunge, the PC 7539 is a killer dedicated plunge. Mount it under the table and use it till you can afford a dedicated router motor.

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I have been using the Bosch 1617 system for about 4 or 5 years now and have been incredibly happy with its performance. I almost bought the equivalent PC system when I was talked out of that and into the Bosch. I have been very satisfied!
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Plus one on the Milwaukee 5625-20, the PRL V2, and the Incra LS system Bill.

Jim,

What table are you considering or are you going to build one yourself?
Depending upon which PRL V2 (the one from Incra directly or the one from Woodpecker) I was planning on getting the tabletop from either place there and building the cabinet myself.
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