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Powerhouse Routers Faribault MN

What's the one thing you need most when you're shaping dozens of raised panels on a router table? Power! These 3-hp monsters deliver plenty. There are two completely different kinds of 3-hp routers: fixed-base and plunge.

Fastenal- Faribault
507-333-0588
1101 Division Street West Faribault, MN, 55021
Faribault, MN
 
Lamperts
(507) 332-7436
320 N W 8th Avenue
Faribault, MN
 
Faribo Farm & Home Supply
(507) 334-3232
80 Western Avenue
Faribault, MN
 
Dundas - Auth Hometown
(507) 645-7774
396 Shilling Dr
Dundas, MN
Store Hours
Hometown Dealers
Store Type
Hometown Dealers
Hours
Mon:9-20
Tue:9-20
Wed:9-20
Thu:9-20
Fri:9-20
Sat:9-18
Sun:12-17
Store Features
Mon:9-20
Tue:9-20
Wed:9-20
Thu:9-20
Fri:9-20
Sat:9-18
Sun:12-17

Fastenal- Dundas
507-645-4499
401 North Stafford Rd Dundas, MN, 55019
Dundas, MN
 
Met-Con Lumber & Hdwe
(507) 332-6823
1515 30th Street Nw
Faribault, MN
 
Faribault Ace Hardware
(507) 332-7414
421 2nd Ave NW, Central Park, downtown Faribault
Faribault, MN
 
Kmart 3777 / Cross Merch
(507) 645-8484
404 Schilling Dr
Dundas, MN
Store Hours
Miscellaneous
Store Type
Miscellaneous
Hours
Monday To Friday Working Hours is :8-22 and for Sat:8-22
Sun:8-21
Store Features
Monday To Friday Working Hours is :8-22 and for Sat:8-22
Sun:8-21

Owatonna - Auth Hometown
(507) 455-9186
6380 W Frontage Rd
Medford, MN
Store Hours
Hometown Dealers
Store Type
Hometown Dealers
Hours
Mon:9-20
Tue:9-20
Wed:9-20
Thu:9-20
Fri:9-20
Sat:9-18
Sun:11-16
Store Features
Mon:9-20
Tue:9-20
Wed:9-20
Thu:9-20
Fri:9-20
Sat:9-18
Sun:11-16

Arrow Ace Hardware
(507) 645-0617
670 Water St S, River Park Mall
Northfield, MN
 

Powerhouse Routers

Powerhouse Routers



What's the one thing you need most when you're shaping dozens of raised panels on a router table? Power! These 3-hp monsters deliver plenty. There are two completely different kinds of 3-hp routers: fixed-base and plunge. Both types have 15-amp motors with variable speed (a must for big bits), soft start (so your arm isn't wrenched when turning the machine on in a hand-held cut) and feed back circuitry (which helps the motor maintain rpm as it bears into a heavy cut). There's a huge difference between fixed-base and plunge routers, however, in how easy they are to use in a router table. Adjusting some of these big routers can be a real headache. Few of them have been specifically designed to be used upside down in a router table, but some manufacturers are clearly catching on.

Fixed-Base Routers
A fixed-base router is our first choice for use in a router table. It has two distinct advantages: it's easy to change a bit quickly and it's easy to adjust the bit's height. Making a coarse height adjustment is a simple matter of loosening a clamping mechanism and twisting or lifting the router's motor (Photo 1). To change bits, all you have to do is remove the router motor from the base (Photo 2). The collet is right out in the open.

PHOTO 1:
A fixed-base router has two independent parts: the motor and the base.

PHOTO 2:
Changing any bit on a fixed-base router is a breeze. All you've got to do is remove the motor.


Plunge Routers
A powerful plunge router is a great tool for cutting large dadoes and mortises, but the features that make it handy for hand-held work get in the way when you hang the machine in a router table (Photo 3). Adjusting the bit height is awkward on most plunge routers because there's no coarse height adjustment. Instead, you end up turning and turning a micro-adjust knob. Changing bits can be even more of a hassle, particularly when the bit has a large diameter, like a panel-raiser (Photo 4).

PHOTO 3:
A plunge router doesn't come apart. The motor is permanently mounted on
two posts.

PHOTO 4:
Changing large bits on a plunge router can be difficult, particularly if the base has a small opening. You can't retract the motor to give
you more room around the collet.

Router Table-Friendly Feature
Discombobulating problems crop up when you turn a router upside down and tuck it under a router table. Labels are difficult to read. Switches are backwards. Whether you choose a fixed-base or a plunge router for your router table, here are some features that make any machine safer and easier to use. Unfortunately, there are only two 3-hp fixed-base routers on the market. The Porter-Cable 7518 has been around for quite a while, and was our Editors' Choice when we last tested 3-hp routers in AW #78, February, 2000. The new Milwaukee 5625-20 is even better. Both routers pack plenty of pow...

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