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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 10-01-2007, 07:04 PM Thread Starter
 
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Just wondering what most folks here do. I can't see unscrewing the casting from my table because I've got a plunge router in addition to the fixed base (which also has a plunge) that I've got mounted to my table. But it seems like removing the motor might, over enough time, reduce the stress enough on the table that it would stay flatter longer. What do you think?
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If the table top is thick, has formica on both sides, and is supported, then you have no worries.
My top is 3/4" MDF and I leave the router in the table. Hasn't changed yet.

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My router that is table mounted is always ready for action. With most tables there is no need to remove the motor. If you used Plexiglas as a mounting plate then it should be removed. Plexiglas does not stand up like phenolic and will sag.

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In my long experience, any machine tool that isn't ready for immediate use tends not be be used a lot of the time when it would be the best way to go. Any part of the table that can't stand the continuous weight of the router needs to be modified.

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With the DeWalt three base kit, the fixed base remains in the table, but the motor moves around as needed. The base alone is not likely to impact the flatness of the table and moving the motor in an out takes seconds.

If I had a router that wasn't that easy to mount/unmount, I'd leave it mounted and get a second for hand work.
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The sort of scenario that I had in mind was like being in the process of hand routing and suddenly realising that you missed routing the rear of a box base, because when you were routing it on the table it didn't seem necessary, but now you have to re-fit the router into the table. Irrespective of how little time the change-over takes, it's still a pain in the butt!

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I have 1 router and it stays in the table. I don't do much hand routing.

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It's the perfect justification for 2 (or more) routers. The one in the table, stays in the table. The one out of the table, stays out of the table.

I've had no problems leaving my router hangin in the table on either an aluminum table saw extension or on a phenolic oak park plate.

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Be a bit more adventurous Mike and try some plunge routing also make yourself a set of skis, I promise you a whole new world of routing will open up like it did for bobj3 and others including myself some seven years ago.

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I have 1 router and it stays in the table. I don't do much hand routing.
I'm just the opposite -- well over half of what I do is hand routing
-- I just like it better.
And I have always had only one router -- so - it only got mounted under the table when I needed the table --

And yes -- as someone has mentioned -- that often meant that that I didn't use the table -- even when it would have been helpful -- because rigging a jig was easier.

If you do a lot of table routing -- I would vote for either getting a second router so one can stay mounted under the table -- or a combo kit where you could leave at least the base mounted.
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