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I am going to build a router table and I am not sure which router I should go with. I have decided between two porter cable routers. The 3.25 HP production model 7518 and the 2.25 HP router that comes in the 895pk kit. The reason for the 895pk kit is because it is a variable speed router and it comes with a fixed base with a router table height adjuster. The 7518 does not come with a table height adjuster and would require a separate device to adapt to the router table. The 7518 is more expensive and more powerful, but that router would do it all. The 895pk has the variable speed and I believe it can do what I want it to do to. So I need help making a decision on spending a lot more money with the router and height adjuster or the small model which may be all I need. The other thing I am not sure of is weather the 895pk model with accept a 1/4" collet.

What will the router in the 895pk kit not be able to do?
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Hi Alex

I will suggest the 895pk, the build in lift is real plus and yes it will take on 1/4" and 1/2" bits..7518 is a nice router but a real PITA to use in a router table, tons of power BUT it's get on your knees thing to adjust..unless you have real long arms

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I am going to build a router table and I am not sure which router I should go with. I have decided between two porter cable routers. The 3.25 HP production model 7518 and the 2.25 HP router that comes in the 895pk kit. The reason for the 895pk kit is because it is a variable speed router and it comes with a fixed base with a router table height adjuster. The 7518 does not come with a table height adjuster and would require a separate device to adapt to the router table. The 7518 is more expensive and more powerful, but that router would do it all. The 895pk has the variable speed and I believe it can do what I want it to do to. So I need help making a decision on spending a lot more money with the router and height adjuster or the small model which may be all I need. The other thing I am not sure of is weather the 895pk model with accept a 1/4" collet.

What will the router in the 895pk kit not be able to do?



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I am interesting in making cabinet raised panel doors. Will this router perform well? What is project where it would not work out well?
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Both models are popular Alex. The combo kit is your best choice between these two since it gives you the fixed base for table mounting and the plunge base for free hand work. Just curious what made you decide on PC?

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Yes it will and I can't think of one that it would not do well.

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The router in my table is a VS 7518 with a Jessem lift and a foot switch. Spendy, but I've never regretted it.
The Jessem adjusts above the table and is beefy enough to tame the 7518.
I've made several dozen raised panel doors with this set up with nary a problem.
That being said, you shouldn't have any problems with the 895, either.

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I decided on PC because two of my other routers are PC. I already have a PC with a fixed base and plunge combo, but it is not VS. I wanted another router strictly for table use. If I get the 895pk, I will probably never used the plunge base. Also, the 895PK is sold at the store by my house. If there is a problem I could easily return. I do not like ordering online because I hate paying S&H.
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Nothing wrong with your choice Alex. Amazon has free shipping, no sales tax and usually lower prices. Since this router will be dedicated to table use I would urge you to compare the adjustments of the 895 to the Bosch 1617EVS. The 895 is PC's answer to the 1617. I much prefer the Bosch but this does not mean you will. You do not need to spend the extra money for the kit, both can be purchased as fixed base only for less money... no need to pay for something you will never use.

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does the 1617EVS come with the height adjuster like the PC? that is why I am favoring the PC because I will not have to purchase a separate router lift for the table.
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