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10-01-2014 02:32 PM

I am building a new router cabinet and my old router is a little weak for what I do with it. I’m wanting to go to a bigger one. I was looking at the PC 7518 but I have a full set of 1/4” shaft bits and I would like to know if they make a good router that uses 1/4” and 1/2” bits? Is that a good idea?

-- Duckster, Texas. {Any day of fishing, Beats a good day at work.} Wash your feet and love Jesus

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#1 posted 10-01-2014 02:39 PM

7518 is an excellent choice. When I built mine 10+ years ago, I did a lot of research on a lot of forums and the 7518 was the hoss everyone pointed to. Don’t regret it. The soft start is nice and no reason you can use your 1/4” bits I use mine all the time, just use the 1/4” collet. I don’t buy 1/4” bits anymore, unless very specialized and thats the only shaft they come in.

Nice thing now is you can just buy the motor. I’ve got a big old base that came with mine, that’s never touched wood. It’s sitting in the drawer of my cabinet.

Mine has thrown a ton of dust! Next to my TS, it’s the most used tool in the shop.

-- Sooner or later Liberals run out of other people's money.

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#2 posted 10-01-2014 02:46 PM

Wow looks like we are late to respond . The PC 7518 is a standard in cabinet shops ,it’s a great router I’ve owned a couple for years and they have given me nothing but great service. As to your 1/4” router bits, the 7518 comes with a 1/4” collet & a 1/2” collet. If you upgrade to the 7518 I would suggest as time goes on you also upgrade to 1/2” shank router bits because the cut with much vibration making cuts a lot smoother ,but for now 1/4” router bits should do the job,unless your making lots of heavy cut items like door panel and doors.


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#3 posted 10-01-2014 02:54 PM

I have a couple of Bosch 1617’s. They will do just about anything you ask of them. The combo set comes with a fixed base for the router and a plunge base for hand held operations. If your router will be dedicated to the table, only the fixed base is needed. The Kreg insert plate comes with a hole predrilled so you can access the bight height adjustment from above the table.

I also have a Triton 3 1/4hp model for my table. I love it. One wrench – above the table bit change.

Check out my project for pics and more info. Maybe it will give you some inspiration.
Good luck. Post some pics.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#4 posted 10-01-2014 02:57 PM

I disagree. MANY of us on another forum have complained about the poor quality of Porter Cable routers in recent years. The bearings are very cheap and should be upgraded. If you own an older one, good. But the new ones are not what they should or used to be.

Some of us have found bases that are not perpendicular to the shaft and motor bodies that are not centered in their housings.

Porter Cable is not the company it once was. Much like Craftsman. Stay away.

Almost everyone in the other forum would recommend the Bosch, Triton, or Milwaukee.

-- Brad, Texas,

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#5 posted 10-01-2014 03:04 PM

I would line up an alternative to the 7518. True enough, at one time it was the standard but many ownership changes at PC have pretty much almost done that brand in. I had one (a Mexican made model) and they have plenty of power but the one I had got quite hot right at the base where the bearings are. The lift I have is convertible to a Milwaukee 5625, so I put that one in. It’s the one I submit as the de facto standard for tables now (even though they have changed owners). Plus, with it if you don’t have a lift the router base has built in table features.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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#6 posted 10-01-2014 03:05 PM

I have 2- 7518 motors and they are perfect for my router tables. They are in Woodpeckers lifts. Since I don’t use bases on mine, the base relationship to the shaft does not enter into the equation. I am very happy with the performance. I don’t think that you can go wrong with one of these. Porter Cable has changed in recent years, and many of their tools have cheapened considerably. I am not sure if the manufacturing on the 7518s have suffered as well, but I can only speak about my personal experiences which have been excellent.

-- "Now I'm just another old guy wearing funny clothes"

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#7 posted 10-01-2014 03:10 PM

I too have older 7518s and was unaware of bearing problems on newer models, I also have a Triton with the built in lift that has given me great service .


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#8 posted 10-01-2014 04:24 PM

Anymore for my router choices it is not so much size, but ease of use that is important to me. I like routers that allow you to change bits topside. My first table router was a 3hp Hitachi that was nearly impossible to change bits without removing the router. I use Freud, but I hear Triton routers are good too.
If you are raising panels all day long, the big ‘ol speedmatic may just be the ticket.

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#9 posted 10-02-2014 01:29 AM

This gives me a lot of avenues to research. I have my Abrams cabinet about half done, so I better start my looking!!

-- Duckster, Texas. {Any day of fishing, Beats a good day at work.} Wash your feet and love Jesus

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#10 posted 10-02-2014 01:55 AM

I have a triton 3 1/4 router I bought at Menards on clearance 3weeks ago for 209.00. They still have them but you need to find a Menards that have them in stock.

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#11 posted 10-02-2014 02:00 AM

I bought just the 7518 motor for my table and it’s been great so far.

-- Earl

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#12 posted 10-02-2014 02:11 AM

I think after listening to the suggestions, and doing some research, I’m going with the Bosch 1617 with a BenchDog 40-150 Pro Lift

-- Duckster, Texas. {Any day of fishing, Beats a good day at work.} Wash your feet and love Jesus

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#13 posted 10-02-2014 02:13 AM

If you’re really wanting a nice router table, the lifts are nice to have. We’re using the older Woodpecker lift and have been happy with it. Basically it allows for fast and precise height adjustments, above the table bit changes and interchangeable plates for different sizes of bits.

I think the motor we have installed is a Porter Cable 7518 but can’t remember. The variable speed mechanism had to be repaired at one point but otherwise it’s been working fine. The motor is at least 4 years old.

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#14 posted 10-02-2014 02:42 AM

I’m partial to the Hitachi M12V, not only for it’s soft start, but also for it’s base stability when using larger panel raising bits.

Tried three or four to find that out, but that was a few years back,.

maybe the others have improved since then.


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#15 posted 10-02-2014 09:28 AM

Happy MW5625 owner here.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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