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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 10-05-2006, 08:36 PM Thread Starter
 
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Looking to buy a router to mount in a router table and would like to know the best router..
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Bosch 1619EVS.
largest bit opening and a spring defeat and whole lotta power.
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Hi, chin aleong,

Do you have any router(s) now? If not I recommend starting with a router kit that includes 2 bases. That way you can put the fixed base in the table and have the plunge base for free hand. If you get one of the more popular brands(porter cable,bosch,hitachi,etc),you can usually find spare bases on ebay fairly cheap. I have 1 router motor,1 plunge base,and 2 fixed bases.

If you've allready got a good handheld router and are just looking for a larger one for a table. The hitachi m12 seems to be pretty popular here as you get a lot of hp for the buck. I plan to get one someday, but so far hav'nt found the limit of my 2.25 hp hitachi.

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The Bosch 1619EVS was top rated in the most recent router test of 3+ HP routers and suggested as the router to buy if you could only afford one. Members are pleased with this model and with the Hitachi M12V2. The old standard was the PC 7518 and mine cuts like a bulldozer going through butter. Having said that, unless you plan to build many projects with raised panels you could save some money by going with the Bosch 1617EVSPK which includes both a plunge and a fixed base to mount to the table. This model was top rated in the most recent test of the 2+ HP combo kits. Members are happy with this model, the Hitachi KM12VS, and the PC 895.

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The old standard was the PC 7518 and mine cuts like a bulldozer going through butter.

Yep. The Porter-Cable 7518 *IS* the industry standard. It has a long proven track record and is powerful enough to do raised panels in a single pass. I use one in a table, never had a need for anything else. Couple the #7518 with a router lift and you have a very nice setup that will rival a professional shaper for performance.
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Have a craftman 2 hp router, with 2 bases.. -- only holds 1/4" bits, one speed, no soft start..

And have a Porter cable laminate trimmer..

Would like to set up a router table and still planing to you the craftman for plunging work.

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Hi, chin aleong,

Do you have any router(s) now? If not I recommend starting with a router kit that includes 2 bases. That way you can put the fixed base in the table and have the plunge base for free hand. If you get one of the more popular brands(porter cable,bosch,hitachi,etc),you can usually find spare bases on ebay fairly cheap. I have 1 router motor,1 plunge base,and 2 fixed bases.

If you've allready got a good handheld router and are just looking for a larger one for a table. The hitachi m12 seems to be pretty popular here as you get a lot of hp for the buck. I plan to get one someday, but so far hav'nt found the limit of my 2.25 hp hitachi.

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I just got a Triton 3.25 hp after much reading and agonizing. Like you I wanted a dedicated table router, So far I couldn't be happier with this unit.
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Hello Chin -
I have used several Craftsman routers... (only fair), a Porter Cable (very good). These were all stolen last year, but one old Craftsman. I got a Bosch 1617EVS kit with both fixed and plunge bases. I am very pleased with it (Best of all the routers I have ever owned). Works great in the tables and out.
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LOVE my Milwaukee 3 1/2 hp router. Don't need any kind of secondary router raiser with this one as it comes built in. You can raise or lower the barrell right through the top of the router table plate.

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Bosch, Triton, Milwaukee, Porter cable does it really matter, if it is a 12-15 amp router it is more than adequate for a table? I would look at these four and just go on the best price.

If you can get a Hitachi M12V and do not mind an older router style with less options it is a work horse. Any of these will be fantastic in a table and again I would just get the best price on anyone of them and you will be happy.

If you are going to pull the router out of the table then you have a little more to think about.

My personal favorite in a table is the Milwaukee although I have had trouble with the on/off switch intermittently, working which is a known issue. But still there is just something about the sound and power I like.

If the Bosch popped out of the base like the Milwaukee I would choose it. I hate that you have to unscrew the entire unit if you want it out of the table(or use the table insert as your router plate) and can not just toss it in another base. I just prefer the type of router that slides out of the base unit.

And the HP rating are ridiculous.

The Bosch is a 3 1/4 HP and the Milwaukee a 3 1/2 HP, but they both pull 15 amps? They are the same go by amperage not HP.

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