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I am planning on purchasing a router table from Sommerfeld's tools. He used to recommend a Triton router. They no longer carry the Triton Router but they carry the 3-1/2hp Milwaukee with above the table capability and the M12V2 Hitachi 3-1/4hp Router which does not adjust above the top of the table but is Marc Sommerfeld's favorite.

What is the best router for a router table? I have never used a router table and I need some advise.

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I am planning on purchasing a router table from Sommerfeld's tools. He used to recommend a Triton router. They no longer carry the Triton Router but they carry the 3-1/2hp Milwaukee with above the table capability and the M12V2 Hitachi 3-1/4hp Router which does not adjust above the top of the table but is Marc Sommerfeld's favorite.

What is the best router for a router table? I have never used a router table and I need some advise.

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Jim
Hi Jim - Welcome to the forum
I don't see how you can go to far wrong with either. The Triton is available through Woodcraft and some others but you need to look for it. Doesn't seem to be marketed as aggressively since Kreg took over the North American distributorship. Milwaukee looks like an awesome router and a friend of mine has a Hitachi which has been a real workhorse for him at a lot less $$ than some others that size.

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Jim, everyone has their favorite. As long as you go with a name brand chances are you will be happy with it. If you want to buy a table from Marc then I suggest you use what he recommends. This way if you have a problem he can talk you through it. If you purchase DeWalt then Pat Warner is the go to guy. I prefer Bosch routers and can assist you with them. The choice is what you feel most comfortable with.

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Jim,The Triton is the easiest Router to use with a table.Both Models wind up thru the top of the table with 1/2 turn,making bit changes a breeze in seconds.
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Jim i have router table insert plates w/ Bosch, Porter Cable & Freud motors mounted to them.

Porter Cable 690 for light duty work
Bosch 1617 for medium duty work
Freud 3000 For heavy duty work

And they all can be placed into any of my stationary & portable router tables plus i have 2- Kreg PRS2000 router tables w/ the Woodpecker PRL-V2's w/ sidewinger lifts for each truck which have a Bosch 1617 mounted in them.

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"What is the best router for a router table? I have never used a router table and I need some advise."
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Ain't no best router for anything; there all compromised one way or another.
And it's time for the engineers to address this.
There is no router made exclusively for router table use.
All routers are supplied with handles for upright hand held applications, not upside down & stationary.
So what about your question, as most folks in RouterDom, use their routers in a shaper config.?
Well if your back, knees, & neck telegraph your brain that stooping for cutter & depth changes is not cool then you need an extra 300$ for a mechanical lift.
And these lifts are insensitive to which routers they enjoy. Pick any 3 HP & get on with it, (but do check with supplier for their best choice).

You can manage the changes without a lift?
Then maybe Milwaukee 5625 or PC 7518.
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