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04-10-2017 11:06 AM

My current setup is a Hitachi M12V with a Router Raizer. The router is dead so gotta replace. The router razer is “ok” but I would rather buy a router with built in thru the base height adjustment.

I know there are several,brands designed for use in router table.

I’ve been leaning toward the Triton looking for +/- for those who have one.

My 2 questions are:

1) Which brands have good built in height adjustments?

2) Is a 3 1/4 HP router really necessary? If so, for what tasks would they be an advantage?

**Please limit comments to router itself not router lifts I am not interested in them. I do not use a router table much but I have a plantation shutter project coming up so I want to use my table.

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hotbyte

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#1 posted 04-10-2017 11:34 AM

I’ve got the big Triton and really like it. Even with the through top adjustment, I still reach below router table and adjust at router more often than not. The through the top only does the fine/micro adjustment and I like using the big knob with rack&pinion adjustment for gross adjustment…especially running it up fully to change bit.

I bought the big one for some raised panel door projects. I’ve not tried the 2-1/2 for raised panels so no idea if it would be sufficient or not.

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#2 posted 04-10-2017 11:35 AM

I have an old Porter Cable 3 1/4 hp router that I’ve dedicated to my table top. It has more power then I could ever use. The largest bits I’ve used were for raising panels … plenty of power. Height adjustment was done by twisting the motor within the base/handle frame. Depth adjustment was not as accurate as some of my other routers but good enough for the tasks. Once I put it in a router lift it was the lift that provided the height adjustment. The only mod was to put a chuck extender on it to make above top bit changes easy.

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#3 posted 04-10-2017 11:54 AM



I ve got the big Triton and really like it. Even with the through top adjustment, I still reach below router table and adjust at router more often than not. The through the top only does the fine/micro adjustment and I like using the big knob with rack&pinion adjustment for gross adjustment…especially running it up fully to change bit.
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- hotbyte

Ditto on having the 3-1/4hp Triton in the TS router extension. FWIW, I broke the above-table shaft on the router and now “have” to adjust from below. NOT A PROBLEM, because you STILL have to reach below to lock and unlock your final height adjustment every time you change something. IMO, above-table adjusting is a marketing ploy… Why? Because you still need to make test cuts to be sure you got it right.

That said, I also have the 2-1/4hp Triton and feel either of these Tritons, is more than enough for router table use. My only suggestion is to always “sneak” up on your cuts with multiple passes.

NOTE: 3-1/4hp in background on the TS extension. The 2-1/4hp is in foreground in my horizontal mortiser.

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#4 posted 04-10-2017 12:13 PM

I used to go below the table to make height adjustments before I mounted the router in my Jessem lift. Now, I make all my adjustments above the table top. Never have to go below the top and my back is very thankful :) I usually make a test cut when I first drop in a new bit. After that I now rely on the lift height adjuster. I used to make a lot of test cuts but learned to trust the lift …. it actually is very repeatable. But now were talking about lifts :)

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#5 posted 04-10-2017 12:51 PM

The 15 amp, 3hp units aren’t necessary, but they do power through everything with more ease, and should last longer as a result.

Things change, and I haven’t really kept up on routers in the past couple of years, but my Milwaukee 5625 is a beast, and it has top side height adjustment. The Triton that was mentioned adds top side bit changes, which is a nice convenience. The PC, Bosch, Makita, and DW all have good reputations too.

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#6 posted 04-10-2017 01:14 PM

YES! The top side bit change with a single wrench and auto-locking arbor is great!

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#7 posted 04-10-2017 07:43 PM



The 15 amp, 3hp units aren t necessary, but they do power through everything with more ease, and should last longer as a result.

Things change, and I haven t really kept up on routers in the past couple of years, but my Milwaukee 5625 is a beast, and it has top side height adjustment. The Triton that was mentioned adds top side bit changes, which is a nice convenience. The PC, Bosch, Makita, and DW all have good reputations too.

- knotscott


Indeed. Although I got the old Porter Cable 3 1/4 HP 7518… it really isn’t necessary. All those 2 1/4 HP routers are plenty powerful. I have a Jointech SmartLift Pro Router Lift, that I got from the Denver Woodworking show… they are out of business now, so if it poops out, no parts. I had a PC 892 in the table, with a reducer sleeve in my lift, but “convinced myself” that I needed the speedmatic for the table and the 892 for hand routing. Should have just gotten a second 892.

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#8 posted 04-10-2017 08:59 PM

I have the porter cable plunge router on mine and it is fantastic for anything from big to small jobs.

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