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Forum topic by bd1886 posted 07-14-2018 05:28 AM 1418 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-14-2018 05:28 AM

Where is the “limit” with using a 2 1/4hp router? Even though I have a lot of experience doing smaller detail work, never have I ran across a need for more powerful routing? (2 1/4hp is a lot for crying out loud.) Scott


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#1 posted 07-14-2018 06:06 AM

Keep using your 2-1/4 horse router until you run into something it can’t handle. I’ve yet to find the limit to mine, and I do some pretty heavy profiles.

-- Knowledge is not skill. Knowledge plus ten thousand times is skill. -- Shinichi Suzuki

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#2 posted 07-14-2018 10:16 AM

hp router? might as well get a shaper. Better torque and slower speeds gives better cuts with the large profile cutters in my opinion.

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#3 posted 07-14-2018 10:31 AM

A 2 1/4 should be able to do it all, though at times you may have to do it more slowly (multiple cuts, etc.).

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#4 posted 07-14-2018 12:35 PM

My table mounted PC 7518 is variable speed and handles big 3” bits in mesquite and white oak quite easily. At 10k, there’s no need for a shaper taking up more floor space.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#5 posted 07-14-2018 12:54 PM

Extra power it helpful when you have to slow the speed down for panel raising bits, etc.

I agree with Gene, that when you get into hard wood it does help.

Also, lets say you have a large door project and have to make a bunch of raised panels. Being able to do the panels in 2 passes, vs. 3 or 4 saves a lot of time.

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#6 posted 07-14-2018 02:58 PM

Like Gene and rwe said. A three horse is the only way to go in a router table.

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#7 posted 07-14-2018 05:59 PM

You can buy a shaper for way under 10K.

-- Illigitimii non carburundum sum

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#8 posted 07-14-2018 06:24 PM

The PC 7518 motor in a table with a lift is the ideal router setup, that said, your router is plenty powerful, maybe even overkill for dovetails and handheld routing.

Not sure what shapers have to do with it, this is a good question.

You might have gone powerful enough with your first to make jumping up unnecessary (unless you are using large profiles). But if you want the second router because buying tools is what we do, then I am not sure if I go smaller and lighter, or bigger and let the 2+ HP router be your free hand choice.

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#9 posted 07-14-2018 06:54 PM

Great advise that clarify’s Guys.
Been a 11yr. hiatus away from building and tools and approaches have changed a small amount in some ways…and huge in others. The “huge” has happened with tools and choices in materials. (Materials is both good and bad lol.)

I’m seeing now that hand held power is going to stop at 2 1/4hp and table use will use it all with big boy probable reserved for table use. (Don’t see any situations that’ll have me needing to move on that soon.)
Appreciate everyone’s info and I’m sure my needing of good advise has only started. Thanks all, Scott

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bd1886

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#10 posted 07-14-2018 08:03 PM


You can buy a shaper for way under 10K.

- pontic

Yup…...and a classic Chevelle (with a router in the trunk!). Lol

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#11 posted 07-14-2018 08:03 PM


You can buy a shaper for way under 10K.

- pontic


Oops.
I re read that post. Should read it more carefully before I ran out of edit time. The 10K was in reference to the slow speed of the Router. Sorry for the confusion.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#12 posted 07-14-2018 08:31 PM


Keep using your 2-1/4 horse router until you run into something it can t handle. I ve yet to find the limit to mine, and I do some pretty heavy profiles.
- Rich

+1

Unless you are doing production work I have not run into anything that my Bosch or PC couldn’t handle.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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