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Forum topic by HarveyDunn posted 05-02-2015 12:49 PM 1032 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-02-2015 12:49 PM

I’m researching routers for using in benchtop router tables. To be used for profiling trim and molding – no raised panels, no joinery.

I found this free article from FWW that was helpful: However, it is from 2007, so I imagine there are new options on the market.

I’m looking for ease of bit changes and ease and accuracy of bit height adjustments. Ideally, all the functionality of a lift without having to actually buy a lift, if that is possible.

Any opinions?

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#1 posted 05-02-2015 01:15 PM

Well, the Triton comes to mind, it offers above the table bit changes and being a plunger you can get by without a lift. It does have an awkward (for table use) switch arrangement; you have to slide a gate back to turn the switch on but either model (large or small) would be good in a table. My preference would be a Milwaukee (either a 5616 or a 5625. They have above the table adjustment features, but the bit doesn’t quite come up above the table unless you use a lift.

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#2 posted 05-02-2015 01:19 PM

I have the big Triton (3-1/4 or so HP) and really like it for router table. I’ve had it about 2 yrs. I’m not sure what new models/features have come out since then. For micro adjusting the height, I find it better to reach under table and use the micro-adjustment knob instead of the above table handle. The auto locking arbor (when fully raised) and single wrench bit changes are nice. I have it mounted to a Rockler aluminum plate. I had to drill a hole for the above table handle.

On Fred’s comment about the switch, I connect mine to an external switch so the only time I fiddle with the router switch is when changing bits. The switch has to be in the off position to lock arbor.

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#3 posted 05-02-2015 01:33 PM

On the other end of the economic scale, I have a little Ryobi that came with a bench top table. I put it in my big table fully expecting to have to replace it. It just keeps going and won’t die! Easy to adjust height. Easy to change bits. The only downside is it only does 1/4” bits.

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#4 posted 05-02-2015 01:46 PM

I like that end of the economic scale! However, I think I’d like to stick with 1/2” in order to keep my options open.

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#5 posted 05-02-2015 01:55 PM

Harvey, have you looked at the Bosch 1617? It’s price point isn’t too bad (I got mine almost a year ago for $140 brand new), and it’s well regarded. It has above the table height adjustment, but I don’t think you can change bits from above the table. For me, it’s easy enough to just pop the whole insert out and swap the bit.

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#6 posted 05-02-2015 01:56 PM

That is interesting, because the Bosch benchtop router table also seems pretty highly regarded.

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#7 posted 05-02-2015 05:09 PM

+ 1 on the Bosch 1617EVS. It does have above table adjustment, although you do have to lift the plate to change bits, which is really no trouble. I got the kit with the fixed and plunge bases from CPO outlets for around $164 reconditioned. May have gone up a few dollars since then.

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#8 posted 05-02-2015 05:12 PM

I remember watching “Router Workshop” on PBS and seeing those guys whip their routers out of the table everytime they needed to change anything!

Does anyone happen to know if the plate in the Bosch benchtop router table has to be fixed in place or if it just hangs there and so can be easily lifted whenever needed?

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#9 posted 05-02-2015 05:23 PM

I use a Grizzley, so I can’t swear to it, but I did a quick check on Amazon, and it looks like the Bosch tables do have removable plates.

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#10 posted 05-02-2015 06:32 PM

PC 7539 with a rouseau plate and the Router Raizer kit installed for adjustment above the table, 1 crank = 1/16th I’ve had it since before others incorporated the feature to a base model. works very well.

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#11 posted 05-02-2015 09:49 PM

I have the Ryobi router and its like 59 bucks and I just drilled holes into my table top and counter sunk them then put in machine screws and washers and screw them into the base on the other side of the table . Its a little hard to change bits but it is always level and there is no insert. Also This way dust doesn’t fall below the table. And don’t forget ot drill home for bit in the middle of the 4 screws

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#12 posted 05-02-2015 10:10 PM

Bosch 1617 pretty much gets the nod as the best made currently in its price range over in the router forums for table mounted solutions. And this is coming from a Milwaukee 5625-20 user.

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