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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 03-24-2012, 03:06 AM Thread Starter
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For background, as a kid I grew up with a dad who had a decent woodshop. He was into fine art cabinetmaking and studied for years with C.V. Stevens. Then there's a 15 year interruption and now I'm getting into woodworking on my own. I'm doing so with the strange limitations that everything must be capable of being broken down and carried since I work in the garage but have to store everything in the basement and that all the pieces must be fairly light since I have a herniated disc and can't carry a whole lot of weight.

I initially bought a Festool OF-1010 router due to it's light weight, excellent dust collection, and the Festool system's approach to wooodworking. I actually really like this little router and have been very happy with it so far. I've also recently bought it the Veritas router table top, fence, and sled and I'm pretty happy with that setup as well.

What I am not happy with is the selection of 1/4" and 8mm shanked bits in the US. The router seems to have the strength to turn larger bits (I never hear it strain) but they just don't seem to be available in the thinner shanks. So that leaves me needing a router with a 1/2" collet to use larger bits that are readily available in the US. I'd love to just go buy an OF-2200 but, man, I don't live in that tax bracket!

So here's what I'm up against:
1) Needs to work with the Veritas table top. This system clamps the router base to the underside of the table top and relies upon the router itself (not a lift) for bit height adjustment.
2) Needs to have a 1/2" collet and a 1/4" collet for sure. 8mm collet would be very much appreciated but not required.
3) Will be used for edge-jointing 8/4 hardwoods, pattern following in 8/4 hardwoods, and probably some profiling (large radius roundover, raised panel/stiles/rails, linen fold, etc) in taller hardwoods so it needs to have enough power to survive this.

That's pretty much it. The big problem I'm facing isn't so much researching the routers as figuring out what those 3 things even mean I need to look for. I'm lacking the "magic words" to put into Google, in other words.

Any help? Thanks!
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Ty, the Craftsman 2 hp combo kit is the most features for the least money, about $100... This is a home owner grade router with no dust collection included. Going up in price next would be the Bosch 1617EVSPK, about $225. This is an industrial quality tool with optional dust collection accessories.(My choice) The DeWalt 618 combo kit includes dust collection for a bit more. Any of these would handle the tasks you mentioned.

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Not sure how veritas and Triton mate up but my vote is for triton 3 1/4

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Hi

Note the vac.pickup tube that comes with the 2hp Craftsman router as a default item plus it comes with a lift kit built in ,plus lights,edge guide,etc.

I got the Red top 2 1/4hp one for 85.oo dollars from Sears it also comes with a vac.pickup tubes that fit all 3 bases (plunge/D Handle/standard fix ) and all the bases can be use in the router table,they all have the lift kit built in,plus they all can take on the PC type brass guides right out of the box..

I should also say I have the Triton it's been back in it's plastic case for about 4 years now.

I also should say I been thinking of getting one of the New Bosch routers just to check it out..but the price has me in a hold pattern for now...

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Ty, the Craftsman 2 hp combo kit is the most features for the least money, about $100... This is a home owner grade router with no dust collection included. Going up in price next would be the Bosch 1617EVSPK, about $225. This is an industrial quality tool with optional dust collection accessories.(My choice) The DeWalt 618 combo kit includes dust collection for a bit more. Any of these would handle the tasks you mentioned.


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Welcome, not sure about the trton and festool, but I do have a nice table top router table for sale that has a aluminum insert pre I drilled for a porter cable router but probably can be drilled for any other base plate send me a private message if interested

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I don't know about others, but for Bosch you can get collets 1/8, 3/8, 1/2 inch and 6, 8, 10 and 12 mm.

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Thanks for setting me straight about the dust collection accessory BJ!

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Happened to be in Lowes tonight and took the time to look at the Bosch 1617EVSPK. Clunkier than what I'm used to but it should serve for table-only use. Googling does turn up a few people talking about problems with the switch, which does put me off a bit.


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I don't know about others, but for Bosch you can get collets 1/8, 3/8, 1/2 inch and 6, 8, 10 and 12 mm.

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Being able to use my 8mm shank bits with this would certainly sway me strongly in that direction. However, I can't find anything on their website about an 8mm collet for the 1617EVSPK. Can you provide more info about how to obtain one?


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Hello!

You will find bosh part number for collets and more on page 226 here:

http://www.boschtools.com/AboutBosch...utting_web.pdf

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You will find bosh part number for collets and more on page 226 here:

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Ah, quite an interesting catalog.

It makes me quite curious about the dust collection hood set available as well. Has anyone used the one for the fixed base?
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