What router do you use in your Sawstop PCS integrated router table?

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Forum topic by Micah posted 12-21-2020 05:41 PM 819 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-21-2020 05:41 PM

My Sawstop PCS with the integrated router table is just a couple weeks away from being delivered and I was just curious what router those of you with the same Sawstop router table use on your rigs?

If money were no object, what would you guys say is the single best router one could use in a router table?


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#1 posted 12-21-2020 06:25 PM

This guy would say it’s the Milwaukee 5625, though I suspect some still cling to the PC 7518…..with good reason; for years it’s been considered the king.

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#2 posted 12-21-2020 07:02 PM

I wouldn’t buy a Porter Cable router these days. They used to be top-of-the-line, but now are junk. I know Woodcraft has stopped carrying the 7518 and the 75182 stand-alone motor. They also told me that they are dropping the PC line entirely and once the current inventory is gone, that’s it. Right now if you go to their website you won’t find a PC router offered.

I have the Bosch 1617 motor mounted in my JessEm Mast-R-Lift II and it’s handled everything I’ve put through it, even doing stick cuts in 1-3/4” door stiles in one pass.

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#3 posted 12-21-2020 10:17 PM

Porter Cable has announced they are exiting the router business altogether.

I would go with the Milwaukee 5625, and it fits in the Jessem/Incra Mast-R-Lift II, but I already have a Milwaukee 5616 in the Incra version of that lift. That lift comes in both standard widths, and uses clamping blocks with multiple mounting holes to adjust to different size router motors, so no additional sleeves or adapters need be supplied or purchased.

I purchased the Milwaukee 5616 with both plunge and fixed bases, and like it a lot. It hasn’t disappointed me in the router lift either, but then I haven’t really pushed it yet. The “body grip” on the fixed base is very comfortable for me.

The Jessem version (they manufacture both versions, but one is branded Incra) has plastic throat plates that are installed and removed with a special/included pin-spanner wrench. The Incra version uses steel throat plates that are held in place magnetically for no-tool insertion/removal. They also have a guide bushing throat plate for it too.

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#4 posted 04-01-2021 06:17 PM

Which router did you wind up purchasing? I have three routers but they’re all plungers and won’t work with my SawStop router table. Money is an option as I just purchased my saw and my wife’s still smarting a bit due to the overall cost.

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#5 posted 04-01-2021 06:22 PM

Milwaukee 3-1/2 hp heavy duty EVS.

Da Beast!

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#6 posted 04-01-2021 07:18 PM

Tridon on a Kreg plate. No fancy lift needed.

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#7 posted 04-05-2021 12:20 PM

I have the PC 7518. I like it a lot. I just now realized PC is getting out of the router business and Woodcraft is dropping the PC line.

-- Woodworking is like a vicious cycle. The more tools you buy the more you find to buy.

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#8 posted 04-12-2021 04:02 AM

Which router did you wind up purchasing?

- BigDonB

I’m currently using my old Bosch 1617EVS 2.25HP router. That Milwaukee 5625 that everyone else seems to use and love is unfortunately out of stock… literally everywhere! Maybe one day when they’re readily available again I may take the ‘plunge’ and pick one up. (*pun intended)

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#9 posted 04-12-2021 04:43 AM

This guy would say it s the Milwaukee 5625, though I suspect some still cling to the PC 7518…..with good reason; for years it s been considered the king.

- Fred Hargis

I would agree about the PC back in the old days. Today not so much.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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