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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-27-2009, 01:42 AM Thread Starter
 
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Hello everyone,

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).

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-27-2009, 06:01 AM
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Greetings Jeremy and welcome to the forum. Which to buy? yes that is the question. I suppose if I were to leave the router permanently in the table and money were no issue I would go with the 3+HP units and there are several that I will defer to those who have the experience with them to comment on them.

For the 2.25 HP units I would look at the Sears with duel base, the Bosch and a few others. For me I have the Ridgid and am happy with it so far, but I believe I'm at disadvantage because I have never owned any of the others. I am sure that you will get the assistance you need in choosing your router.

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http://www.oak-park.com/usa12.html
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Hi Jeremy,

I'm new to the forum as well but I can appreciate your dilemma, especially with so many routers to select from.

I have a 3.5 HP Triton router mounted in a table and one of the advantages of this router is that you don't have to remove the router from the table when you're changing bits. The router collet can be advanced passed the top of the table, which means that you change the bit from the top of the table. In addition, when the collet is fully extended, the collet locks so you only have to use one wrench when changing bits.

On the down side, I've heard (through the forum) that Triton might be in financial trouble so you might want to keep that in mind when purchasing. Yet I would certainly recommend this router if you can find it at a reasonable price.

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Go for the 3+ hp router, variable speed for your router table because you will be working on a house and building furniture. As to what brand to get I can't tell you which one is better. I have used several Porter Cables, a Triton, and a Dewalt in production shops. The Porter Cables seem to have been their router of choice. I like using all of them but used smaller routers most of the time.
In my shop I have a Porter Cable for my big router table but I also have several smaller routers and maybe half are Porter Cable, one table with a trim router, yes it is Porter Cable. I also have 2 Bosch, 1 Dewalt, 3 hand held air routers, 2 Craftsman, and 1 18v Battery Power. There might be 1 or 2 more some where!

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Hello Jeremy
Congratulations on your house purchase. You might want to consider Festool because as a system it is more efficient in making furniture and cabinets.

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Uhm, this thread is 3 years old so I would guess a decision has been made. With Jeremy's mention of the Aussie forum I would guess he lives down under and the selection varies a great deal from the US and Canada.

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