I am going to build a router table and would like some input on the best router to have for it. I plan to just use the motor in the table, as I have a handheld unit already.
Without knowing what you intend to use your new router for, it would be difficult to make a recommendation. Generally, if you are doing general routing: edge forming, some template work, rabbets, etc (smaller bits), you could get by with a 2 or 2 1/4hp unit. If you are going to use it primarily to swing large bits, 3" or more (panels, etc) on a regular basis, most would recommend 3 hp router. These are two distinct classes of routers both in size, weight, price, and cost of a lift. Occasion use of large diameter bits with a 2 1/4 hp unit will be OK if you take several passes for each profile.
I don't know if you have seen the pics but I made raised panel doors using the Bosch 1617 in a table. Big ol honkin bit but it worked for me and the doors turned out great.thank you all very much for your input...still weighing the options but leaning toward a non lift setup..still reading reviews and thoughts...again, thank you all