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#1 posted 10-29-2019 06:41 PM

I think 2HP would be a minimum for table use. Variable speed is really a must, especially if you plan on using larger bits like panel raisers.

All I can say is be wary of the Triton. Mine had a big backlash issue Tritons response was “its the nature of the beast”. But watching the bit drop 1/8” when you unlock it kind of puts a kink in the works.

For many years I got by with a Hitachi M12V and the Router Raizer.

- Robert

If I’m doing panels with a big bit I’ll either switch out and put the variable speed Bosch in the table or use the HF VSC but it’s been 3 years since I did any panels which is why the PC lives in the table.

I’ve also heard that the Triton mechanism is not a replacement for a lift due to that backlash and that the Router Raizer is a good low cost option for a lift.

The heaviest thing I have cut is raised panels in oak and both the the Bosch 1617 and the PC cut them with no issues at all.

So, I’m thinking you could accomplish what you want for $200 for a used router and a Router Raizer.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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