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Abe Low

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#1 posted 10-23-2010 06:29 AM

The only thing the Powermatic 23 has in comon with a router table is the spindle turns. The model 23 I have has a reversible motor. That comes in handy because it allows the flipping over of the cutter. Try that with a router. Also it is a lot heavier, quieter, and will last a lot longer than any router I know of. Parts are another thing if you are not too mechanically inclined. The bearing in the spindles are standard bearings that you should be able to find at any good bearing supply shop. The drive belt is a standard “v” belt. Carefully measure it’s length when replacing or use the numbers on the old belt. Raising and lowering the spindle couldn’t be simpler as opposed to the better router raisers that are complex but let you raise the cutter in precise increments.
good shaping.

-- Abe Low, Fine furniture, Sacramento, CA


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