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    Suggested Router?

    I have a Skill Router that tends to not keep its height adustment while I am using it in the router table. I am guessing it is because it was not a very good one.
    I am thinking of getting a second router just for the router table, any suggestions?
    I do not want to spend alot, but I want quality.

    Thanks
    Dan
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    Not wanting to spend a lot, but get quality. Sounds like me!

    I was going to suggest that you look at the Triton 2 1/4 HP which is a good router for a table installation with built in above the table bit change and height adjustment. However, I just checked Woodcraft and Amazon and neither have it listed on their websites any more. What happened?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rennie Heuer View Post
    ...Triton 2 1/4 HP ...I just checked Woodcraft and Amazon and neither have it listed on their websites any more. What happened?
    I've heard that the Triton routers have been discontinued - or at least the importation of them has been. Don't know why.

    I do know that one of my local dealers said they weren't carrying them any more due to support problems...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Thibert View Post
    I have a Skill Router that tends to not keep its height adustment while I am using it in the router table. I am guessing it is because it was not a very good one.
    I am thinking of getting a second router just for the router table, any suggestions?
    I do not want to spend alot, but I want quality.

    Thanks
    Dan
    Dan,
    If it's slipping in it's mount, you might try roughing up the inside of the mount, and the mating surfaces on the router body with some 60 or 80 grit sandpaper. Also, make sure there's no oil or wax present on either surface.

    Maybe that'll cure it.

    I have one Bosch trim router - a very old one - that I did that to, and it's been working well for several years. The original owner gave me that router because it suffered the same problem you described.
    Jim D.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Thibert View Post
    I have a Skill Router that tends to not keep its height adustment
    Dan
    My choice is Freud. But beware that the router you buy fits the mounting plate of your router table. There must be oodles of combinations.

    DKT

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    Milwaukee fan here. 5616 would do ya. I run a 5625 but they're a bit more. Both come with T-handles for above the table adjustment. Both have soft start, electronic feedback controlled torque and variable speed.
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    another portercable fan here.
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    Although I don't own one I've become a Milwalki fan ever since I saw Sam Maloof use one. He said that they put the strap on the router just for him..
    When I buy a new one I'm gonna try one
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    i have a milwaukee router, and that strap does come in handy.
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