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    Which router for table?

    What's everybody using in their router tables? Also, what do you like - or hate - about it?

    I've been using an Hitachi M12V - with a Router Raizer - for about the past five or six years, and while it's got plenty of power, and good speed control, it does have several problems.

    I just finished taking it apart to clean and re-lube the plunge mechanism because, once again, it's sticking and won't adjust.

    Also, changing bits is a pain, since it uses one wrench and a spring-loaded holding mechanism. I do have the 'bent wrench' accessory wrench which makes it a little bit easier, but it's still a problem.

    It's getting to be replacement time, so what I want is a ~3 hp router, with soft start and variable speed; table top adjustment; easy, above-the-table, bit changing; and a mouth opening that will accept up to a 3" panel raising bit. Price is always a criteria, but $300 or so is not out of the question.

    Okay folks, help me decide on a new router for the table!
    Jim D.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt Dunlap View Post
    Jim,

    After getting to play with the smaller Triton router, I would say it's safe to say that the 3 1/4 router from Triton would be a great deal and matches up with everything you want.

    Amazon doesn't have it in stock, but you can get it for about $300 at Router Table Depot. Also, I think they have the table mounting plate for it too.
    Thanks Matt. I'll take a look at that one.

    As for a plate, I won't be using one. The router will ne mounted directly to the underside of my Corian topped router table.
    Jim D.

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    I am using the Milwaukee 5625 attached to a Woodpeckers aluminum plate.

    Things that I like: The quality is top notch. I do not have to use a lift although you already have one. Above the table heigth adjustment although you do have to reach under the tabletop to lock it into place. The heigth adjustment is very smooth and accurate. It is red. I like red!!! Well, at least part of it is red.

    Things that are netural to me: When you put it into your table you need to have it so that the lock lever for the heigth adjustment is in front and easy to get to and this places the on/off switch and the speed control toward the right rear. The on/off switch is no problem for me as I use an on/off foot switch that I attached to the cabinet and operate with my knee. I just listen for the speed that I need as I cannot read it without a mirror or lifting out the plate and router to make the adjustment. I use bent wrenches (offset wrenches) and change the bits above the table top. The Woodpecker plate makes this easy as the rings are very easy to slip out for a wide opening. I think that most people like to just drop the motor out of the housing and change the bits outside of the table. If this is your preference be sure to allow enough space below the tabletop.

    Things that I hate about it: Nothing.

    P.S. I just saw your response to Matt. You can just bolt the 5625 directly to your Corian tabletop and it will work great.
    Last edited by Allen Bookout; 09-05-2007 at 06:28 PM.

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    I've used a Milwaukee for three years now and have been VERY happy with the result.

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    Hey Jim,
    I think Matt's on the right track with the Triton. I haven't used it myself, but lots of the folks on the Festool forum get a Triton for their table. If Festool fanatics are going for the Triton over Festool, then it must be darned good.

    Personally, I have a PC7538 in my table. It does the job, but I wind up skinning my knuckles every time I change bits.
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    5625 here. Love it. I own three other makes to compare it to. He wins. Been awhile but I think it was an Amazon deal at about $260 taxed and shipped. Laughs at raised panel bits. The only thing I wish it had was a brake. It takes quite a while to stop spinning with a large bit in it.
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    I don't know what kind of router that you are going to decide on but if it is a Milwaukee I have found the best deals on them at HeavyDutyTools. I happened to think about this thread when I was looking for the 5616 dual base router and I notice the 5625. Great price but they are out of them. You can get on a list to be notified when they are back in stock. They are also out of stock on the 5616 dual base router so no luck for me there. They sell out really quick so you have to be on your toes.

    http://www.heavydutytools.net/Script...p?idproduct=99

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim DeLaney View Post
    What's everybody using in their router tables? Also, what do you like - or hate - about it?

    I've been using an Hitachi M12V - with a Router Raizer - for about the past five or six years, and while it's got plenty of power, and good speed control, it does have several problems...
    Sometimes, decisions along this line can take a loooong time to reach; as a result, my best wishes for a speedy find...

    http://www.sawmillcreek.org/showthre...t=router+table




    PLEASE understand, Jim - I am just pointing out that some decisions may take longer than others.



    Al

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    Quote Originally Posted by Allen Bookout View Post
    I am using the Milwaukee 5625 attached to a Woodpeckers aluminum plate.

    Things that I like: The quality is top notch. I do not have to use a lift although you already have one. Above the table heigth adjustment although you do have to reach under the tabletop to lock it into place. The heigth adjustment is very smooth and accurate. ...
    I looked at the Milwaukee yesterday, at Hartville Hardware, and was pretty impressed. It has nearly every feature I want, and is within - although at the very upper end - of my price range. I may end up getting that one.
    Jim D.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt Dunlap View Post
    Jim,

    After getting to play with the smaller Triton router, I would say it's safe to say that the 3 1/4 router from Triton would be a great deal and matches up with everything you want...
    Actually, it doesn't. It can't be adjusted from above the table. You coarse adjust it by turning one of the handles, and fine adjust it with a separate knob.

    The place where Ilooked at it was closing out their whole stock of Triton. According to the department manager, they were talked into carrying them several years ago, and promised manufacturer/distributor support that never happened. He said they get a new catalog and an order blank every few months, but no on-site presence, and no participation in their open houses. They also don't (can't?) stock any parts, or provide any service for them, even though they're factory authorized service center for many other brands. That whole conversation pretty much turned me off the Triton - at least until I do a LOT more research.
    Jim D.

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