Best router for table use?


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Old 07-23-06, 11:37 AM
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Best router for table use?

I am looking to build or buy a router table and router... too many makes and models out there to choose...what is the best router to use with a table?
 
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Old 07-23-06, 06:25 PM
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You're right, alot of stuff out there. Your highest consideration is the table, not the router, OK? It must be stable, good fence, all the bells and whistles. If you plan on alot of routing, I would consider a 1/2" shank, mainly because of its stability, and less vibration due to the bulkiness of the shank. If, on the other hand, you use it occasionally, then a 1/4" will do, as the router will be cheaper as will be the bits. I use a hand-me-down craftsman 1/2 horse variable speed in my table, and a lesser espensive Ryobi plunge router for free hand use. They both do a fine job. Don't just shop price. Look at the quality. Check out how the vernier works, and if it adjusts the bit easily, check how the chuck locks, see if it has variable speed which is a plus, and a machined face is IMO better than a plastic one.
 
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Old 07-24-06, 07:02 AM
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Thanks... I already own a Craftsman Professional Router, variable speed 15amp... it is a large unit.. very good capable of 1/2 oe 1/4 bits.... my concern is that it may be too big for a router table???
 
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Old 07-24-06, 06:58 PM
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No, the Craftsman Pro is what I have mounted and love it. I use the 1/4" collet, because the bits are cheaper.
Now, you need to go shopping....for a plunge router. I love spending someone else's money! Good luck!
 
 

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