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Forum topic by Tedstor posted 08-22-2012 10:47 PM 4594 views 0 times favorited 34 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-22-2012 10:47 PM

I’m about to “break ground” on an router table/extension wing for my TS. I plan to purchase a router exclusively for use in the table. I’m pretty sure I want to stay under the 2-2.25 hp threshold as I worry a bigger, heavier router will make the table sag.
I have little experience with router tables and could use some guidance on which features make a router suitable for this application. Specific brand/model recommedations are definitely welcome.


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#1 posted 08-22-2012 10:53 PM


I have two Hitachi M12VC 2 1/4hp routers. I have had one for several years and have used it in my router table and as a stand alone router. I loved that router so much that few months ago I bought another and haven’t even used it yet but I plan to use one only in my table.

I bought them both reconditioned and I think that is a great way to go, lots of my tools are reconditioned.

I made a video review of it, check out here if you’d like.

Right now it’s $85 reconditioned! Great deal! Both of mine looked bran spankin’ new!

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#2 posted 08-22-2012 10:53 PM

I have had numerous home made router tables (5 at once at one point), almost all had the Porter Cable 3.25 HP routers in them. Never an issue with sagging, but you might with the table saw wing.

Now I have two, both are the Jessem tables on metal stands, still with the same PC routers. No sagging issues.

The router lift Jessem makes is very reasonably priced now, and made in Canada. A quality table, top and fence system. Can’t go wrong with their products if you want stand-alone.

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#3 posted 08-22-2012 11:24 PM

I’ve got a Milwaukee 5625, in a Woodpecker’s PRL-V2, in a Bench Dog cast iron table.

I’ve used a lot of router tables, and I’m very happy with the combination.

I feel the Jessem and Woodpecker lifts are coin tosses. Both are terrific lifts, the Woodpecker lift is made in Ohio, the Jessem in Canada. I ever so slightly prefer the tool-free fine bit height adjustment of the Woodpecker, but I ever so slightly like the Jessem rough adjustment.

I did not buy the PRL Sidewinder option as I felt it adds complexity for not much gain when I tested it.

The Kreg lift is a blue Woodpeckers PRL V2, all parts look to be interchangeable .

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#4 posted 08-22-2012 11:34 PM

I have two of the triton 3 hp routers mounted into tables, a PC 690 for portable use, a PC laminate trimmer, and finally a Craftsman router just to take up space.

-- Jesse, Saint Louis, Missouri

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#5 posted 08-23-2012 12:13 AM

X 2 The big Triton. Above table Lift… auto lock… plenty of power… it’s an awesome option

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#6 posted 08-23-2012 12:15 AM

I remember reading a review somewhere of routers best suited for dedicated table usage, and the Milwaukee 56 series was tops.

I own one and like it a lot.

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#7 posted 08-23-2012 12:37 AM

PC 7518. Virtually any lift, any insert, any bushing, and any accessory fits this router right out of the box. It’s 3.5hp, built like a tank, and probably the best table router you can get. Also this is on sale right now. Go over to the wood whisperers site for the link. You can get this router, a set of Freud bits, and a PC ROS for about the same price as the router alone.


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#8 posted 08-23-2012 12:37 AM

I use the DW618 2.25 hp router in my table. It does a good job for me, but I actually bought it because it came with a three base kit and edge guide, making the kit more suited to hand routing. Then I bought the Dewalt trim router kit with the plunge base and i use that for 95% of my hand routing I’ll probably upgrade the table router to one of the big PCs someday, but for now the 618 is doing just fine.

-- John, BC, Canada

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#9 posted 08-23-2012 12:57 AM

I have a harbor freight router, its price is $49.99, it’s a good router, not the best. but a great price.


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#10 posted 08-23-2012 01:06 AM

In my table I also have a Milwaukee 5625 and like it.

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#11 posted 08-23-2012 02:40 AM

A lot depends on what you are going to do with it. I like routers that have the above the table height adjustment rather then having a router lift. I’m embarassed to admit that I have the Small Ryobi in my big router table but I can’t kill it and I have tried! Note that the biggest bit I use is a 1/2” roundover. This little router has been tortured daily in my table for 4 years and counting! (I am NOT usually a Ryobi fan).

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#12 posted 08-23-2012 04:03 AM

You’ll want a router with variable speed for use in a table. Plenty power is handy. Just reinforce your table, and get ample power to spin the big bits….11-13 amp routers are capable of spinning big panel raisers, but the 15 amp routers have a much easier time. I’ve got a Freud FT1700 that has a slew of topside convenience features that are real handy for a router table…auto collet lock, topside height adjust, topside height lock, and an extended spindle that allows easy one handed topside bit changes. I’ve also got a 15 amp Milwaukee 5625 that’s a beast….it has top side height adjust. The Freud FT3000 has the same features as the FT1700, but with a 15 amp motor. The Triton routers have similar topside features.

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#13 posted 08-23-2012 05:20 AM

I have two of the Jessem mast-R-Lift router plates…one has a Bosch 1617evs router that has 2.25hp and the other has a Porter Cable 7518 that has 3.5 hp. Most of the time the bosch works fine…but if I need to do some panel raising and rail & Stile work I put the lift with the PC in the table. This is easier than changing the routers in the lift and the bosch easier on the ears and nerves when I use it. I have magnetic plates that are interchangablw with both lifts.

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#14 posted 08-23-2012 08:29 AM

DW625ek and an Elu177e, both in a Jessem rout r lift.

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