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Old 02-11-2011, 01:38 AM   #1
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Router Reccomendation


I want to purchase a router/table for doing hardwood floors and to make various moldings myself. I don't have a whole lot of knowledge about routers, so I am looking for a recommendation. I will need to be able to use it on floor boards that are in place to add a groove to the boards, round overs etc. I believe that this is called a plunge router. I would also like to be able to rip things though it to add tongues, grooves, round overs etc. So I would like one that can do both plunge and table. It would be nice if their is one that comes with the table. Any help is appreciated.
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Old 02-11-2011, 08:24 AM   #2
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Re: Router Reccomendation


I would get the Bosch 2-1/4 combo kit that comes with a fixed and plunge base. You can keep the fixed base mounted in a table.

For a table, look at the Kreg an JessEm. They make good stuff.

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I second that.
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If your just using it for hard wood floors, I say make your own table. And I like portercable routers. Keep a fixed base in your table and buy a plunge router to keep for free hand.
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I have a unisaw with a 4x6' table. I have a router base mounted in that so I can flip my rip fence and use it for routing also. Couple that with a couple of jigs and I can make a piece of flooring or molding with factory tolerances.


As far as the router itself I have a 2 1/4 hp Dewalt that also has a plunge base. It works for most of my needs, although sometimes wish it was a bit bigger. I just make a pass or to more with it.

I also have a craftsman rotozip with a plunge base that I carry with me 90% of the time. You would be surprised how much you use it when you have it.
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Porter Cable for a table setup. My Festool 1400 is the best one I've ever used for free hand work and it works with the guide rails so making long runs for something like an insert are a breeze.

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Porter Cable for a table setup. My Festool 1400 is the best one I've ever used for free hand work and it works with the guide rails so making long runs for something like an insert are a breeze.

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Bosch MRC23EVSK with either the Bosch RA1171 Cabinet Style Router Table or Bosch RA1200 Deluxe Router Table
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I have 2 routers, One a PC 690for hand held work, the other a PC 3 1/4 HP Veroable speed for table mount only. There both about 15 years old. I had the 3 1/4 's bearing replaced once after I used it for a Hickory Kichen job,

I was looking at the festool routers but mine are still working fine. So until they go TU Im gonna keep'em
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I've always had good luck with Linksys.
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I would get the Bosch 2-1/4 combo kit that comes with a fixed and plunge base. You can keep the fixed base mounted in a table.

For a table, look at the Kreg an JessEm. They make good stuff.
I have had this setup for around 3 years and like it.
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I would look at the kits that include both a fixed and plunge base.

While I am not a huge DeWalt fan, the 618 kits are great. I have the D-handle, fixed, and plunge bases, and a couple of motors. They are well balanced, plenty powerful, and incredibly well built.

The Porter Cable 690 series is great, but may be undersized depending on your requirements. Not as feature rich as some offerings, but a true workhorse. I don't care for their 2.25HP offering. The 7*** stuff is awesome.

I really like the Bosch router setups. They are a little top-heavy compared to the DeWalt, but their soft-start is second to none.

The Festool 1400 is a great router for hand-held and rail use, it is near worthless for table operations.

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Re: Router Reccomendation


I have a stack of routers----Mostly Porter Cable---1 3/4 fixed is the best for hand held

2 1/4 Variable speed fixed in the tables---

Bosch makes a fine router,too.

Plunge routers are more clumsy and difficult to adjust than fixed base routers and should only be used when you actually need to make a plunge cut.

Lots of reports of early failures on the DeWalt routers-----Mike-----
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I would say if your planning on running larger hardwood material through it aspecialy molding I would buy a 3 1/4 hp right away. I have a freud on my table saw and love it.
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I haven't ever used the bosch so I can't comment on that. I have the porter cable 890 series and have just punished the poor thing and it still sings right along! You can get it in w/ a plunge and a fixed base.

If you decide to go w/ a router that comes w/ a fixed and a plunge base and plan on permanently mounting the fixed base to a table, changing the router motor in and out of the table can be a pia depending on how often you'll be doing it. I would think for flooring starting w/ a table setup would be better, you'd get more use out of that than you would a free hand. For just doing roundovers and what-not, a palm router is a great way to go. Light weight and easier to control. Porter Cable or Bosch are the best.

If you do decide to go w/ a plunge router, I've used this one for many years and love it- http://www.amazon.com/DEWALT-DW621-2-Horsepower-Plunge-Router/dp/B00005S7TD

The Porter cable 7518 is an awesome router for a table (3 1/4 hp), but I wouldn't want to lug it around free hand. It's pretty heavy and besides, for free hand work you really don't need that much power. But it's really nice in a table!!

In summary, I've decided you should build yourself a table w/a router lift using the PC 7518 router motor; and get a palm router. You can thank me later !
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You can probably still find the PC 2 1/4 HP on closeout at one of the Home Depot's for $99. That price is not consistent with all HD's, but I found about 5 stores in my area that were selling it at that price. The PC 1 3/4 sells for $140.
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You can probably still find the PC 2 1/4 HP on closeout at one of the Home Depot's for $99. That price is not consistent with all HD's, but I found about 5 stores in my area that were selling it at that price. The PC 1 3/4 sells for $140.
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I grabbed one of those, but got it for only $50. I asked the clerk about the $99 unit, and he said it was the display model only. I said "ohh, no case , wrench, etc.?". He said "no, just the router. I can do it for $50 if thats a problem.". It wasn't a problem for me, since it's getting permanently mounted in a router lift, so I scored big time!!
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I have this 2-1/4HP fixed/plunge set from Makita. Itís been a great all-purpose router kit for me.

http://www.amazon.com/Makita-RF1101K.../dp/B00005OQME
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porter cable routers they are hard to kill_ not sure about the new stuff they make now mine are all older and work like they did when i got them

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