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I need a new router for my Rockler router table. My two favorites are PC 894
and Dewalt 618. What do you think, other suggestions.
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That is a tough question that can have as many answers as there are people on this forum. As for me I have 3 routers... Ryobi, Triton and GMC. So far my fave is the Triton for my table because that is what it was actually made for. But it really depends on what type of work you are planning, etc...
You might want to check out Routerforums.com Blogs and read Sawdust Dreams. This might help you decide.
 

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I love the DW 618, its a great router and for hand work, I bought it because it was the best feeling, low sqwaty feel to it. Hard to believe really that it is a 2 1/4 HP router.

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grim99 said:
HI
I need a new router for my Rockler router table. My two favorites are PC 894
and Dewalt 618. What do you think, other suggestions.
Thanks A G
That's like saying...

I need a new car for my garage... my favorites are a Model A and a Bug. :p ;) :) :D

Whatever turns you on... :)

I like my Hitachi KM12VC... everybody probably likes the routers they have. :confused:
 

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When it comes to routers, you have to start with at least 5 routers. 2 plunge and one fixed and 2 trim.
you can't just get 1 router and leave it at that. it's impossible :D
so might as well, get all 5 right from the start :sold:
 

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Like Corey, I have and love my Dewalt 618, so much in fact that I bought 2 of them. One for the table and one for hand routing.

After watching Bob and Rick on the Woodworking channel using that big ole Hitachi KM12V, I traded the DW in the table for the Hitachi, but still prefer my DW618 for hand routing.
 

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grim99 said:
HI
I need a new router for my Rockler router table. My two favorites are PC 894
and Dewalt 618. What do you think, other suggestions.
Thanks A G
This question has no true answer, simply because it's up to the owner or prospective owner to decide on what he/she prefers/likes the best. What uses to do intend on, leaving table mounted, using hand held, how much you willing to spend, etc.? There are so many different brands to choose from.
I would suggest atleast a combo kit, ie. fixed and plunge base. This way you get the best of both worlds.
There are some posts in the forums that give some good things to look for in purchasing a router. You may want to read.... http://www.routerforums.com/general-routing/1038-new-router-my-way.html
 

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You might want to go to the store and actually hold each one and see which fits your hand, location of the on/off switch and stuff like that to see which one you want. I think that both of the machines are nice though.
 

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Grim, I'm surprised nobody mentioned the problems with the PC 890 series routers. With in the space of another month PC will be shipping the new 890 series that replaces the defective models on the store shelves. There are two newly designed bases, both the fixed and plunge have been re-worked. You can read about the problems by clicking here: http://www.routerforums.com/40329-post1.html
As far as choosing a router please read my blog. It will give you loads of information to consider so you can make an educated decision. click here to read Sawdust Dreams: http://blogs.routerforums.com/Mike/
 

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Thanks Everybody who posted and to anyone


that posts to this question in the future,
The table stand is built but needs finish. I have three routers but am new to this table thing. I now like the Triton and Hitachi the most. When i first heard of Triton they were realy expensive, they are a lot more reasonable now.
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Router is still my name said:
When it comes to routers, you have to start with at least 5 routers. 2 plunge and one fixed and 2 trim.
you can't just get 1 router and leave it at that. it's impossible :D
so might as well, get all 5 right from the start :sold:
Unless you are Bobj, then you have at least one of each made :D

Corey
 

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Hi Grim,

Your thought process went much like mine...

Triton was on sale, but still pricey, and I saw some questionable comments about them.
Then a few weeks went by... Hitachi combo was on sale... I got it!!

You could get whatever is on sale... I got my H. at Rockler...
I really like to grab Amazon stuff onsale... with FREE shipping... super nice!

I think you've zeroed in on some very good routers... (IMHO)...
But, it's still like what one you like the best...

When I was a kid, my relatives, at a big dinner like Thanksgiving, would sit around argue which was better... Chevy or Ford... they would go back & forth for hours... one would mention special features one had that the other didn't... and there would be a counter comment... and around around they went...

I can see the same thing happening here with routers... :) :)

So, pick what you like & go for it... & let it be... If you're like Bob, you will end up buying the other routers anyway... so why sweat it?! :) :)
 
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