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I already have a store bought router table and a router came with it. It works good for me and I like it alot. However the router that came with it is not powerful enough. I am embarrassed to tell you what type it is but I want to change out the routers, which I don't think will be a lot of problem. My question is should I use a fixed base or a plunger base. I have read where both are used but what are the disadvantages and advantages of either one.

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Rusty,

Having only a DW 618PK and a Colt laminate, I find it useful to keep my fixed base in the table and that way all I have to do is drop the motor out of the table and into the plunge base and I'm ready to go. This works quite well unless you have the room and luxury of a few dozen routers like Bj
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The best choice is, combo. You get the best of both worlds.

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Hi Rusty

The advantages, most fixed base routers can have the motor removed just by turning it out or lifted it out of the base, this will aid in changing the bit or remoing the motor so you can use it in the plunge base...

The disadvantages in using the plunge base in the router table " SPRINGS that want to keep the router Up off the base) if you don't remove the spring you will be always fighting the springs when you want to raize the router up in place..plus one more disadvantage is if you do remove the springs you just nailed the router for any plunge work you want to use it for....


This is true for most combo sets BUT when you get into the 3 and 3 1/4 routers it's best to get one that you like and want to use in the router table and remove the springs...my 2 cents on the BIG routers, they are just a bit over kill for hand router work, you don't need 3 1/4 HP to round over a edge or put in a 1/4" deep dado in some plywood...in fact a 1HP will do just fine for most router hand jobs... I have a Colt and it put most 1 1/2 to 2HP routers to shame...with 1/4 of the weight...some will say ,ya but it can't plunge that's true BUT all you need to get around that type of error is to put in a hole so the bit can spin up and you can move it into the wood...it only need to be as deep as the bit you are going to use for the job, forrester bits work well for this job...


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I already have a store bought router table and a router came with it. It works good for me and I like it alot. However the router that came with it is not powerful enough. I am embarrassed to tell you what type it is but I want to change out the routers, which I don't think will be a lot of problem. My question is should I use a fixed base or a plunger base. I have read where both are used but what are the disadvantages and advantages of either one.

Thanx for your time,
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I guess I didn't make myself clear. Routers are not the problem. I just want to know what would be the best as a dedicated router to a specific table. I don't think that I am like Bobj but I do have several. Some good some bad, some I like and some I don't like. I have uses both in the table but I guess that I just want some one with more experience to tell me what is best. Personally it seems to me tha a fixed router would work best if it is easy to change the bit and make adjustments. A plunge type to me is strictly for hand held.
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Rusty,

I believe if you will read your replies again, it was indicated twice that the fixed base is the preferred choice in the table and the reasons why. Your own hunch for a fixed base is the way to go.

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