namluke

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Hi, 

Im looking to get a new Jessem Mast R Lift Excell II Table Package with Phenolic Top, Fence & Stand  router table that uses cylindrical router bodies.

Ive been given a list of routers from Jessem that would be compatible.

Can anyone recommend a good quality one that can take half inch bits also.

Are there any thats not on the list that are worth looking at?

 

 

  • Bosch 1617/1618,
  • DeWalt 610/618/616,
  • Makita 1101,
  • Hitachi M12VC and KM12VC,
  • Milwaukee 5625/5615/5616/5619,
  • Rigid R29302,
  • AEG MF1400KE,
  • Felisatti RF-62,
  • Bosch 1400CE

Many Thanks

Luke

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I also happy to have the big Porter Cable in my Incra lift (made by Jessem), so I'm curious why that unit is not on Jessem's list.

For unmounted work I have the Bosch 1617/1618 with fixed and plunge bases that I am also happy with.  

Caveat, I don't do nearly as much router work as others on this forum.  

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4 hours ago, Tom King said:

If it won't hold a Porter Cable 7518, I'd keep looking.

 

1 hour ago, pkinneb said:

I would consider the Porter Cable 7518 its a solid contender for router table use.

I agree with both of these.  Its what I use in my Incra lift. 

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4 hours ago, Mark J said:

Out of curiosity what does anyone think about the Portamate router?

I have the 7518 in my lift and have been happy with it. Sometimes the speed control is a bit wishy-washy, but it's performed well, all in all. My brother got one and used it for a week and sent it back for speed control issues and replaced it with the Portamate. He's been happy with it.

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I have the big Milwaukee router and love it. It has built in infinitely variable speed control and has served me well for more than ten years now. I have Porter Cable routers too and prefer the Milwaukee better.

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I spent 10 minutes on google and could not find out where Portamate is made. Afinity owns it I think.

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5 hours ago, curlyoak said:

I spent 10 minutes on google and could not find out where Portamate is made. Afinity owns it I think.

At Woodpeckers' web site, they list the country of manufacture as China. https://www.woodpeck.com/routing/router-accessories/portamate-3hp-router-motor.html .  It's under the "Additional Information" tab.

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I like that remote speed control.  That would be a nice feature to have.

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Has anyone used the MLCS 9564? It's US$220. It gets pretty negative reviews on Amazon but MLCS sells a few nice things.

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I don't use any router daily, or weekly. I have a Bosch 1617 in my table that does everything I need it to do. The 3+ HP routers are monsters though; you won't overload them. Then again, come to think of it, I've never overloaded my 1617.

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41 minutes ago, Chip Sawdust said:

I don't use any router daily, or weekly. I have a Bosch 1617 in my table that does everything I need it to do. The 3+ HP routers are monsters though; you won't overload them. Then again, come to think of it, I've never overloaded my 1617.

Nor have I. I to have the 1617 in my router table. I have 3 or 4 others as well.

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On 5/24/2020 at 12:03 PM, namluke said:

Are there any thats not on the list that are worth looking at?

 

 

  • Bosch 1617/1618,
  • DeWalt 610/618/616,
  • Makita 1101,
  • Hitachi M12VC and KM12VC,
  • Milwaukee 5625/5615/5616/5619,
  • Rigid R29302,
  • AEG MF1400KE,
  • Felisatti RF-62,
  • Bosch 1400CE

You can either go for Bosch or Dewalt. I am saying because i used routers from these companies only. And i like them very much 

But before buying you need to read about their pros and cons.  Like Bosch 1617 has pros - 

The router is a very versatile option because it can work both with a plunger as well as a fixed base.
The router is loaded with LED lights such that you can always keep a track of what you are doing and never go wrong.

And cons like  - The bases in this router are difficult to change.

Read about different routers available over net before purchase. You can read this article which give detailed description with their pros and cons of various router table used in table mounting.

Best regards ,

Alexmusk    

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Like Robby W I run a couple of Milwaukee 5625's. One has been in service since 2007 and never given me any problems.  I have changed bearings on Bosch routers but, mysteriously all my Milwaukees are still on the originals . . . and they get used much more.(???)

At any rate, once you go to a lift the two top choice locomotives seem to be the PC 7518 and the Mil 5625.  I don't know if either company's products are what they were a decade or so ago.

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