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Default Which router can I micro-adj from top of table?

I would like to buy a new router of at least 2.5hp, that I can micro-adjust with a t-allen wrench from above the router plate. I've chacked the specs on Bosch, PC and Craftsman, and don't see that specific feature mentioned. I tried searching the forum for the answer, but came up empty.

Anyone suggestions?
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Hi Will

The Craftsman has it built in ,I have two of them but I don't have them mounted to the router table BUT Trap as see his post below,you will see two models listed in the post both have this neat item built in the standard base BUT not in the plunge base..

A stardard Allen Tee handle (ball end type) works well for this job..But they don't come with one, but you can pickup one at most tool outlets like Tool King, in a set.
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Will, the Triton has the above table adjustment. I have one and it's a great machine.

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Will, you can adjust above the table on most brands current models of 2+ HP routers. This does not mean the feature will be on all the models you find in your local store. You have to check the packaging to be sure. As an example the Bosch 1617EVS has the adjusting hole in the fixed base since last Novenber. You may find a 1617EVS that has been on the shelf for a long time and the base will be different. You could always purchase a new base but by checking the package before you buy you save money and get what you want. Now comes the fun part: A 1617 is a single speed router. The 1617EVS is a soft start, variable speed router. Adding "PK" to the model number gets you both a fixed and a plunge base. Or you could go to Sears and find a Craftsman 26620 router on clearance and what you would get is a red 1617EVSPK with through the table height adjustment and a sub base plate that only accepts Craftsman style guide bushings. (I found one locally for $99 compared to the $199-219 for the Bosch label and colors)
Porter Cable announced their "New improved" 890 series bases this month in emails. As forum members know I took them to task on the high numbers of defective units and we were promised these bases back in the spring. They do not plan on recalling the defective units. If you have one you must contact them and apply pressure for a free replacement. (Private message me if you need assistance on this.) The 890 series has variations on the model numbers similar to the way Bosch does it. The new Craftsman combo kits do too.

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Thanks for the responses, and it seems like I will have a decent selection with the features that I want. Mike, I originally was going to buy a Porter Cable if it had the top adjust feature, bc I want a router that will accept the multitude of PC accessories, but now I am wondering what model/s in the 890 series are problematic? Should I stay away from PC all together? I think they were recently bought out by B&D or ?, and maybe their quality is going down? How will I know if I'm buying a problem PC? (e.g. what to look for)

I want a VS, as well as top-adjust. Will Craftsman accept the PC accesories? I'm sorry for all the "newbie" questions. I've been using routers for 35 years, or more. Trouble is, it's been about that long since I bought a new one
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Bushings mount to the baseplate, and in a table you are likely to attach any router to a different baseplate than it came with, so that does not distinguish any brand. Milwaukee has had above-the-table adjustments longer than Bosch or P-C. One thing to watch is that "microadjustment" means different things. Check how fine the threads are, or how many turns to the inch or cm.
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Hi Will

"Will Craftsman accept the PC accesories?" well Yes as far as I know.

It will take on the PC brass guides, the PC motor will drop in the base,I have not tried the PC edge guide because the Craftsman comes with one.. the PC edge guide is a better than the one that comes with the Craftsman but the PC does not a have a vac. pickup like the Craftsman and I can't tell you the last time I have used a edge guide it's been that long, most of the bits come with a bearing now days and that takes the need out of the edge guide but it will come in handy to put in dado's,etc. ,but I use the brass guide way most of the time because it's alway true...and hard to screw up the project using them.
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Thanks for the responses, and it seems like I will have a decent selection with the features that I want. Mike, I originally was going to buy a Porter Cable if it had the top adjust feature, bc I want a router that will accept the multitude of PC accessories, but now I am wondering what model/s in the 890 series are problematic? Should I stay away from PC all together? I think they were recently bought out by B&D or ?, and maybe their quality is going down? How will I know if I'm buying a problem PC? (e.g. what to look for)

I want a VS, as well as top-adjust. Will Craftsman accept the PC accesories? I'm sorry for all the "newbie" questions. I've been using routers for 35 years, or more. Trouble is, it's been about that long since I bought a new one



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I would like to buy a new router of at least 2.5hp, that I can micro-adjust with a t-allen wrench from above the router plate. I've chacked the specs on Bosch, PC and Craftsman, and don't see that specific feature mentioned. I tried searching the forum for the answer, but came up empty.

Anyone suggestions?
Will,

The Freud FT1700VCE (2-1/4HP Fixed Base):
http://www.freudtools.com/p-259-ft17...ed-router.aspx

FT1702VCEK (2-1/4HP Combo Kit):
http://www.freudtools.com/p-260-ft17...combo-kit.aspx

and FT3000VCE (3-1/4HP Plunge):
http://www.freudtools.com/p-261-ft30...ge-router.aspx

All have above table height adjust and bit changing.

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I am in the process now of setting up my router table with a Bosch 1617 and this base:



should work like a champ! I'll let you know...
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Just my luck. Today, I made the 1 hour drive to Sears in the hopes of getting that Craftsman 26620 that Mike mentioned, and they have no such router. Apparantly it must be discontinued and no longer available, bc when I got home, I checked the Sears website, and looked at all the routers they have. No 26620 to be found. I like that Bosch base that Nickbee is using, but it doesn't come with the Bosch router, so that's another $60 over the price of the router.

I also went to Woodcraft today, and while the store is very impressive in it's wide array of tools, they only had 2 big PC routers in stock and nothing else, so no comparison shopping there.

I like the Freud, (didn't see it in person, just on Amazon), but it doesn't accept PC accessories, and I think that I might as well buy a package deal, with fixed and plunge base, so I'll keep on looking.

Thanks to all for your suggestions.

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