One difficulty faced by the OP is that there are almost no fixed base routers are available in the UK! We mainly do plunge base over here. The Trend T11
he mentions has the advantage that the depth of cut can be adjusted from above the table by the simple expedient of drilling a hole through the table top for the depth adjuster to go through. What I'm not sure about is whether of not I'd want to go drilling a hole through the Record table (see below for the reasons why)
Hi David and welcome to RouterForums
Would I be right in thinking that you have the Record router table with a cast iron main table section and a sliding aluminium front section (the RPMS-R
)? That's the one like the Ryobi RT6000
router table. If so then I'd better say that they have gained a reputation for being awkward to attach almost any
router to. I've worked with another branded version of this table and a deWalt DW625 and I can say that it's difficult to mount that machine (or other plunge routers) on the underside of the table. A T11 would have the much the same problems as it is basically a DW625 with some upgrades to the base casting. In fact the mounting clamps are generally awkward on this router table. In addition how are you ever going to drill through that cast iron top to insert the rise/fall adjuster of the T11?
Fundamentally there's little wrong with Makita routers (other than the fact that they are not a favourite of mine - sorry, Harry!), so if your router is working correctly in hand-held mode (is it?) then it should be working OK beneath the table. First thing I'd do is check that the router is firmly attached to the router table. Try running it without anything in the collet (no tool, no collet extender). If you are getting no vibration in hand held mode, but it's vibrating beneath the table then the router isn't clamped firmly enough to the table. In your shoes I'd seriously consider removing the OEM mounting clamps, mounting the router on a Tufnol or plywood plate and fixing the plate to the underside of the table utilising the original mounting clamp holes. If you get to the stage where there is minimal vibation with the router running without anything, but the vibration appears if you insert a cutter or collet extender then either the collet isn't tight enough or, if you are using an extender, then the extender is at fault. Send it back and get another one (such as the excellent Axcaliber collet extender
from Axminster Power Tools) which uses proper engineering-quality collets unlike the cheap manky items supplied with some extenders.