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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 04-27-2012, 08:40 PM Thread Starter
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I am planning on purchasing a router table from Sommerfeld. What is the best router to mount on a router table?
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 04-28-2012, 01:58 AM
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Hello Jim,

Welcome to The Router Forums.

Selecting the best router for your use, and a particular table isn't as simple as choosing between a few different models.

The price paid for a 'router' can be as low as $20.00. Some industrial strength models cost more than 10K.

I have three older models myself, that cost me about 40.00 each. They all spin a bit that cuts wood, but don't offer much at all in the 'features' contest when compared to newer routers. I don't use them that often, so I am fine with that for now.

If I wanted/needed to use my tables on a regular basis, I would get tired of the lack of features in this order:

1. Ease of Bit Height Adjustment
2. Ease of Changing Bits
3. Ski Friendly Base (for use outside the table)
4. Plunge Base (for use outside the table)
5. Built in Speed Adjustment (I use an external speed control)
6. More than 2.5 HP (the bigger the bit, the more HP you want if the wood is hard)

Shank size is also a consideration. Generally speaking 1/2" is better, but there are some smaller bits that only come in 1/4". Some routers are sold as being able to use either size, and there are third party "adapters"....but I don't use the adapter because it adds a second 'friction' sleeve between the motor shaft and the bit

Higher end routers that do both sizes of shafts, have two (ore more) different 'collets', one for each shank size.

Noise produced by the machines can also vary a great deal if that is of concern to you, but in general they are all louder than I care for.

Good luck in your search for the right machine for you!

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I am planning on purchasing a router table from Sommerfeld. What is the best router to mount on a router table?

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Good Mornning, perhaps you must begin, with a symple router, and more later buy a better machine, meanwhile you can get more experience,
Itīs my humble opinion.
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Jim, Marc Sommerfeld's table is a nice one; popular too. All the instructional videos Marc made were with the Triton router. When Kreg Tool bought the USA rights for Triton they restricted the number Marc could get. This is why he switched to using Milwaukee routers. I suggest since you are using Marc's table to stick with what it was developed to work with; this makes it easy to get answers from Marc. Make sense?

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I agree with Mike, and highly suggest you buy the router table DVD from them before getting the table or a router. Watch it. When you make the dvd purchase, email and ask Pat if they will put the cost of the DVD towards the router table when you buy it because I believe you get the dvd free when you buy the table.
They have the Triton back in stock as of right now. The way the table is designed is to go with the same height bits Mark makes, and the bent wrench goes into this. When I watched the video, Mark actually had to cut out some of the opening of the router base to fit the opening in the table correctly to allow the easy use of the bent wrench to release the collet nut.
Also, you get the router from them at the same time as the table they will drill out the table to match the router allowing you to mount out of the box. Huge time saver and saves you from possibly screwing up the drilling.
Keep us posted. I am very interested in buying the table for myself... Ijust have a hard time paying out $500 for a table when my home made table works fine... I did steal the pivot point fence idea from Sommerfeld after watching the videos. Works awesomely.
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