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I have a Bosch 1617EVS in my router table with a Mast R Lift II currently, but taking it in and out is a pain. I’m looking for another motor I can dedicate to the table since I have a plunge base and other accessories already for the Bosch that are useful outside the table. I saw the Woodpecker Spinrite which looks nice, but being them I figured it’s overpriced. Any suggestions on other motors I should check out with plenty of power and soft start?
 

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I joined this site specifically looking for an answer to your question. Actually looking for reviews/opinions on the spinrite motor specifically. As for price, I haven't seen anything cheaper in a 3 1/4 hp. Portamate is close in price but I have seen absolutely horrible reviews on it, and the next closest would be Dewalt and Milwaukee and they are more than $100 higher. I think I'm going to bite the bullet on the spinrite. My thinking is woodpeckers wouldn't risk tarnishing their reputation by pairing a crap router with their lift
 

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I might miss out on the sale, but I’d be really curious to hear how you like it. I’ve been reading reviews n the meantime and have read the same about the Portamate. My other holdup is that the Spinrite is Chinese made, but then what isn’t these days?
 

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I didn’t, but I see the Bosch 1617EVS is nearly the same price as the DW618 and has 10x the reviews at 5 stars. Maybe I’ll just go for a second one of those, and if one burns out I’ll still have all the accessories to use with the other. Both are 2.25hp vs the 3.25hp Spinrite. I haven’t missed the extra hp yet… but I’ve only done small edge routing and some small dovetails in hardwoods so far. Is the extra 1hp a must-have?
 

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I might miss out on the sale, but I’d be really curious to hear how you like it. I’ve been reading reviews n the meantime and have read the same about the Portamate. My other holdup is that the Spinrite is Chinese made, but then what isn’t these days?
I have a Bosch 1617EVS in my router table with a Mast R Lift II currently, but taking it in and out is a pain. I’m looking for another motor I can dedicate to the table since I have a plunge base and other accessories already for the Bosch that are useful outside the table. I saw the Woodpecker Spinrite which looks nice, but being them I figured it’s overpriced. Any suggestions on other motors I should check out with plenty of power and soft start?
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I didn’t, but I see the Bosch 1617EVS is nearly the same price as the DW618 and has 10x the reviews at 5 stars. Maybe I’ll just go for a second one of those, and if one burns out I’ll still have all the accessories to use with the other. Both are 2.25hp vs the 3.25hp Spinrite. I haven’t missed the extra hp yet… but I’ve only done small edge routing and some small dovetails in hardwoods so far. Is the extra 1hp a must-have?
It is for me. I need it for raised panels, and I just bought the kreg lift. I am impressed with the collets spinrite uses, I think saw they can be used in other router models?
Wise choice, I have the Bosch table mounter and use Dewalt freehand. I really like the Bosch
I don't remember the last tool I bought that isn't bosch. Like em so much I bought a bosch oven.:LOL:
 

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I have a Bosch 1617EVS in my router table with a Mast R Lift II currently, but taking it in and out is a pain. I’m looking for another motor I can dedicate to the table since I have a plunge base and other accessories already for the Bosch that are useful outside the table. I saw the Woodpecker Spinrite which looks nice, but being them I figured it’s overpriced. Any suggestions on other motors I should check out with plenty of power and soft start?
Since you have the lift already, getting a second 1617 motor only sound like a good plan,

When making rails and stiles, the issue of making one extra pass from time to time, is having each final cut produce the exact same profile. The fence position is what determines this when using a backer block, vs a sled. One way to deal with this is to fix one end of your fence. Drilling a hole for a pin in the table and the end of the fence means you only have to move the other end to a preset (or intermediate setting) so that all final passes will be exactly the same.

The loose end moves in an arc. You can use a mark at the far edge of the fence's arc and that will be the final cut. Mark successive marks to get every pass identical on every piece.

I eventually went to a 3.25 hp in my table, but honestly, I have never really needed that kind of power. But the lift I bought just wasn't quite right (slipped out of adjustment), so I got the bigger router because of the built in lift.

And BTW, glad you decided to join the fun.
 
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