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#1 posted 10-28-2019 04:57 PM

I would go with the bigger motor (the 13 amp, usually labeled 2 1/4 HP) for your first option. I m only familiar with the Milwaukee fixed base and the Triton relative to table mounts. The Milwaukee is very good, but the Triton has above the table access that I think you won t find on the others. Of course, the Triton is a plunge only router…so pulling it out for handheld use might be a lot more cumbersome. I kinda like your plan B, get a larger router for the table and use the 690 for handheld use…they are very good for that service. Throw the Milwaukee 5625 into your considerations for a big router is you go that way.

- Fred Hargis

Thanks, Fred. That was my thought on the Triton as well…what good is “dual mode” if it’s a pain to take off the table every time you want to use it hand-held?

Take a look at Router Raiser
It can modify most all plunge routers to an above the table adjust feature. I ve got it in my 3.5hp PC plunge that is unfortunately discontinued, but as a hobbyist I ve never been disappointed by it.

- ChefHDAN

Thanks, Dan. That would certainly be an option if I already had a good router for table use. I’d be loath to spend nearly $100 to raise my 20 year old, 1-3/4 HP single-speed router from above the table. I can get the Bosch 1617 w/ fixed base for just $49 more and it is adjustable from above…and includes a brand new router!

-- –Chuck M. Nutmegger by choice

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