The new guy (and a router for his table)
I have been doing hobby woodworking projects as well as just general home improvement stuff for a little while now, and found this forum recently. I have started getting things together to build a router table for a yet to be determined router. I have a Rockler table top and a large undrilled aluminum plate ready to go. I'm waiting until I have the router to build an actual cabinet under it. Until then just using a 2x4 made base for a temp stand.
So this brings me to my great big question, that gets asked a million times, but after reading and reading, I still haven't been sold on which router to buy. So for use in a router table probably 90% of the time or more, which router is it?
My take on things from the reading in magazines and on the web leaves me these 5 routers as contestants:
Hitachi M12 (Hard to find the good old ones not the M12v2, as well as accessories being made for the new version more often than I would like.)
Freud FT3000 (Probably my top pick at this point)
Porter Cable 7518 (The brand all the magazine guys are holding.)
Triton M0F001KC (Are these guys being bought or bankrupt or what?)
Dewalt 625 (Mostly just because Pat Warner and all the guys on the Aussie router forums love them to death.)
I have been doing my homework, and I think I want a 3hp+ router, as I will be buying a house in the not too distant future and I expect it to get a lot of heavy use, also I am dabbling in the making of furniture. Sorry for the long commentary just wanted people to see what I was thinking about each one.
So I was wondering if anyone would help me out and let me know what your thoughts on the matter are? Or if you want to try and sell me on one in particular that's ok too. Thank you for any responses , also thanks for letting me on to your forums. (Let me know if I should move this to another section of the forums too, sorry if its in the wrong spot).