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post #1 of 29 (permalink) Old 01-03-2008, 08:29 AM Thread Starter
 
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Does anyone know of a lift kit that will work on the Skil 1825 router or know how to make one. This router wasn't my first choice but it was a Xmas gift so I will try to make it work in a table that I am building.
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Hi gittyup

You don't really need a lift kit with this router,it has one in away,take a hard look at it and you will see a Micro-Fine Depth Adjustment device that you can use from under the table or with luck it will have a Allen Cap screw that you can put in the Allen hex key in from the top side of the table to move it up or down....it only needs to move up or down about a inch or so the norm when it's in the router table...

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There's no tool like a router for edging, trimming or cutting, and there's nothing like a plunge router for accurate detailed scrolling or inlay work.
Skil's new 2-1/4 horsepower combo router comes with interchangeable fixed and plunge bases (can plunge cut up to 2 inches when using the plunge base).
The variable speed motor can perform all the functions needed in a home workshop or on the job site while drawing only 11 amps at full RPM.
The 1/4-inch and 1/2-inch quick-change collets accept a wide range of bits and cutters.
The Skil 1825's Micro-Fine Depth Adjustment makes bit depth adjustments fast, easy and accurate while the soft-grip handles are ergonomically designed for comfort and ease of use. The wide base opening allows for quick and easy bit changes plus the Built-in Work Light illuminates a pattern or an outline for more accurate cuts.
Accepts Skil's 91018 18-Piece Carbide Router Bit Set as well as most other brands of 1/4-inch and 1/2-inch bits.

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http://www.amazon.com/1825-2-Inch-12.../dp/B0000C6DY0
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By the way it looks like a nice router

http://www.amazon.com/review/product...owViewpoints=1

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Hi gittyup
I agree with Bj as it looks like a nice router - a friend got one for Christmas and although I have not seen it (he lives in another state) said he already has a router table built and love the router and the fine adjustments that you can make with it. He said he made the table so he can lift the router out from the table with the plate and also with a door to make fine adjustments. He acts likes he is a happy camper with it.
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Bj,

Sorry to hijack but I followed the Amazon link and noticed that they seem to be confused about this router. I thought it funny that they say it is 2HP, then 2-1/4HP and later 2-3/4HP and that it draws 11 Amps and later it draws only 10 Amps. This is a good reminder to always check the facts with the manufacturer. Here's what Skil says:

http://www.skiltools.com/en/AllTools...825&cid=192167
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Hi Charles

I saw that also
I agree with you 100% ,that's why I posted the review link,, from the horses mouth so to speak.

Most Mfg.of routers like to puff the HP of the router they sale I'm sure. ,it's like a car saleman saying my car gets 28mpg in town and 35mpg on the highway ,ya right LOL,,but they don't tell you it's coasting alot of the time on the highway..LOL

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Bj,

Sorry to hijack but I followed the Amazon link and noticed that they seem to be confused about this router. I thought it funny that they say it is 2HP, then 2-1/4HP and later 2-3/4HP and that it draws 11 Amps and later it draws only 10 Amps. This is a good reminder to always check the facts with the manufacturer. Here's what Skil says:

http://www.skiltools.com/en/AllTools...825&cid=192167



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Hi GittyUp,

I have the exact same router and have used it successfully and happily on a few projects. I'm pretty new to router use myself but am finding this a very easy router to use. I did have that slip problem but some of it was my fault. If a piece of sawdust gets between the motor body and the case then you can have slippage too.

Lately, I've found the router to be accurate (I suspect it's because I'm using it more and feeling comfortable with it).

I'll attach a few pics of my router...BTW...BJ and FLP that this is highly adjustable and also it is very accurate if you take a bit of setup time. That's another thing that I'm learning.

Also, please note how high the bit is on the table. I have plenty of room to adjust in either direction, it's adjusted right now at about 1/2 way between lowest and highest.

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Gitty,

My first router was the 1.75-hp, 1/4" version of this unit and it worked OK/fine in a table. As Bob said, a lift kit isn't necessary as the unit has a built-in height adjustment mechanism. Does that mechanism work as well as a Bosch 1617 base? No, but it is functional. Bit removal/installation can be annoying, since the motor can't be readily detached from the base and the base nearly shrouds the collet.

My main complaint with my unit was the noise. It was a fixed speed unit (25,000 RPM) and it screamed. Therefore, I moved on to more expensive units and lend the Skil to family and friends.

Have fun,

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Hi GittyUp

A muffer (so to speak) for your Skill router
BUT your Skil 1825 Router should have a variable speed built in..

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=43060

NOTE the motor speed device should NOT be use with a soft start router.

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Bob,

I don't know if the 1825 is a soft start unit, but I tried a speed control on the 1/4" unit and was disappointed in the results. I purchased the speed control at Grizzly (they're local for me) and found that I had minimal speed range with the Skil unit (i.e., zero to max. rpm with slight movement of the speed control dial). I've used the speed control on my Dewalt trimmer, and it seems to have a much broader operating range.

I have no clue why the speed control didn't work that well with the Skil router. However, I would suspect that it has something to do with the quality (true amp capacity) of the motor.

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