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Offline Bob D.

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Re: 1400 Router Pros and Cons
« Reply #30 on: May 07, 2017, 08:58 PM »
I have narrowed my choice of routers to 3 Routers, P. C. 892, P. C. 7518, or Triton 2-1/4 H.P, any suggestions to help narrow my choices.

Router Table 1st choice, Incra Wonder Fence With Positioner with Incra Lift, I like JessEm however it appears from reviews Customer Service is not a strong point after the sale.

Thanks

PC 7518 would be my choice for a router that will remain mounted in a router table.
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Offline Dovetail65

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Re: 1400 Router Pros and Cons
« Reply #31 on: May 07, 2017, 09:09 PM »
I have narrowed my choice of routers to 3 Routers, P. C. 892, P. C. 7518, or Triton 2-1/4 H.P, any suggestions to help narrow my choices.

Router Table 1st choice, Incra Wonder Fence With Positioner with Incra Lift, I like JessEm however it appears from reviews Customer Service is not a strong point after the sale.

Thanks

PC 7518 would be my choice for a router that will remain mounted in a router table.
He is looking for 230V though or yeah i agree the PC has proven itself for years, though I prefer my Milwaukee in the table over it.
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Offline jdw101

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Re: 1400 Router Pros and Cons
« Reply #32 on: May 11, 2017, 10:54 PM »
Haha that thing with 230 should be called a shaper.

Offline Bob D.

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Re: 1400 Router Pros and Cons
« Reply #33 on: May 12, 2017, 04:20 AM »
I have narrowed my choice of routers to 3 Routers, P. C. 892, P. C. 7518, or Triton 2-1/4 H.P, any suggestions to help narrow my choices.

Router Table 1st choice, Incra Wonder Fence With Positioner with Incra Lift, I like JessEm however it appears from reviews Customer Service is not a strong point after the sale.

Thanks

PC 7518 would be my choice for a router that will remain mounted in a router table.

He is looking for 230V though or yeah i agree the PC has proven itself for years, though I prefer my Milwaukee in the table over it.

OK, didn't realize that. I based my response on him saying he had narrowed his choices to include the PC7518. I must have missed where he said he needed 230v power.
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Offline charley1968

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Re: 1400 Router Pros and Cons
« Reply #34 on: May 12, 2017, 05:18 AM »
I've got this setup (Of1400, CMS) and i'm happy with it. N.B. I'm a hobbyist with space constraints, and Incra is not widely available overhere. YMMV.
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Offline Woodwork Wizard

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Re: 1400 Router Pros and Cons
« Reply #35 on: May 12, 2017, 07:03 AM »
The CMS router table is brilliant with an OF2200 in it. The collet rises just above the top for easy bit changes, dust extraction is better and there's a lot more power than the OF1400.

Having tried both the 1400 and the 2200 in the CMS it's pretty obvious the CMS router table module was designed primarily for the 2200. It's okay with the 1400, but it is so much better with a 2200 installed.

Online jobsworth

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Re: 1400 Router Pros and Cons
« Reply #36 on: May 15, 2017, 02:57 AM »
I'm with you Woodwork Wizard.

I got my 2200 in my CMS and it's awesome. Though when I return to the states suddenly I won't be able to.

I have a 1010 for basic hand reading using but I also hand hold and use the 2200 for larger bits. It's  amazing matching heavy but well balanced.

Though I did have to buy a 6mm collet so I could use 1/4 shank bits in it. I feel it should of came with it.
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Offline Steven Owen

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Re: 1400 Router Pros and Cons
« Reply #37 on: October 12, 2017, 07:47 PM »
I have narrowed my choice of routers to 3 Routers, P. C. 892, P. C. 7518, or Triton 2-1/4 H.P, any suggestions to help narrow my choices.

Router Table 1st choice, Incra Wonder Fence With Positioner with Incra Lift, I like JessEm however it appears from reviews Customer Service is not a strong point after the sale.

Thanks

PC 7518 would be my choice for a router that will remain mounted in a router table.

He is looking for 230V though or yeah i agree the PC has proven itself for years, though I prefer my Milwaukee in the table over it.

OK, didn't realize that. I based my response on him saying he had narrowed his choices to include the PC7518. I must have missed where he said he needed 230v power.

The Milwaukee 5625-20 is superior to the PC7518 and second fiddle to the OF2200 for Router Table use.  I’m not 100% if they make a 5625-20 in 230 V.

Offline Holmz

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Re: 1400 Router Pros and Cons
« Reply #38 on: October 13, 2017, 08:08 AM »
There is a triton in 230v which is nice for a table mount.
If one need maximum power, then there is only 1 expensive choice.

Offline Steven Owen

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Re: 1400 Router Pros and Cons
« Reply #39 on: Yesterday at 09:38 AM »
The biggest change many would like to see to the 1400 is the ability to switch from the extended handle to a knob.  There’s some jigs where the long handle can get in the way. 

Offline antss

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Re: 1400 Router Pros and Cons
« Reply #40 on: Yesterday at 10:31 AM »
There is a triton in 230v which is nice for a table mount.
If one need maximum power, then there is only 1 expensive choice.

Well, there's this baby too:

https://www.timberwolftools.com/mafell-lo65ec-hand-router


Online Cheese

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Re: 1400 Router Pros and Cons
« Reply #42 on: Yesterday at 10:36 PM »
The Milwaukee 5625-20 is superior to the PC7518 and second fiddle to the OF2200 for Router Table use.  I’m not 100% if they make a 5625-20 in 230 V.

I have a 5625-20 in a router table and it’s a beast. A truly fantastic, powerful router, but it functions best in a router table because it does not have a plunge base and a plunge base is not available.

I’m not aware of a 5625-20 router being available in 230V.

Offline Steven Owen

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Re: 1400 Router Pros and Cons
« Reply #43 on: Today at 03:24 AM »
The Milwaukee 5625-20 is superior to the PC7518 and second fiddle to the OF2200 for Router Table use.  I’m not 100% if they make a 5625-20 in 230 V.

I have a 5625-20 in a router table and it’s a beast. A truly fantastic, powerful router, but it functions best in a router table because it does not have a plunge base and a plunge base is not available.

I’m not aware of a 5625-20 router being available in 230V.

I never been able to figure out why Milwaukee won’t sell the 5625 as a motor only.  I think a lot people buy this router and toss the flat base in the recycle bin.  It runs circles around the Triton and the Porter Cable when use large panel bits in a router table. 

It’s the only motor I can think of that can give the OF 2200 a run for it’s money.

Makita and Milwaukee have the same problem.  They both build amazing motors but they forget to finish the rest of the machines. 

Online Cheese

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Re: 1400 Router Pros and Cons
« Reply #44 on: Today at 03:38 AM »
It runs circles around the Triton and the Porter Cable when use large panel bits in a router table. 

It’s the only motor I can think of that can give the OF 2200 a run for it’s money.


I agree, if Milwaukee were to enhance the handling characteristics of this router, power wise it is very easily the equivalent of the 2200. Those big goofy side handles make it only suitable for router table table use. And then there's the dust collection issue...

I also have to admit that it'd be a shame to just hang a 2200 under a router table as the reasons for purchasing it would be diminished.
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Offline amt

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Re: 1400 Router Pros and Cons
« Reply #45 on: Today at 10:29 AM »
Many will probably think I am crazy, but I have purchased a 4HP, 3-phase spindle motor and a 5HP VFD, plus the Jessem/Incra router lift for my router table.  I have not assembled it yet, but it should be the last in-table router I ever need.  Not cheap, but less expensive than the OF2200 (which I also have for hand held use).  Spindle is also water cooled, so I won't have that router air flow interference going on.

Offline antss

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Re: 1400 Router Pros and Cons
« Reply #46 on: Today at 10:44 AM »
why didn't you just buy a shaper if you needed all that power ?

Offline amt

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Re: 1400 Router Pros and Cons
« Reply #47 on: Today at 10:52 AM »
why didn't you just buy a shaper if you needed all that power ?

Shapers are (a) expensive (b) big (c) don't necessarily spin to high RPM.  The cost of my solution was slightly more than a standard router.