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post #1 of 4 Old 03-02-2008, 11:49 AM Thread Starter
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3-1/4HP Fixed Router - Milwaukee or Porter Cable??

I'm debating the purchase of a 3-1/4HP fixed router for my Bench Dog portable router table. It's the one that is a box with a door and it's attached to a very sturdy metal shop stand.

I'm looking to learn the ins and outs of making raised panel doors and such. Both routers get rave reviews and very high marks. The PC runs about $50 or so more than the Milwaukee but the Milwaukee base is PC-oriented so that accessories are easy to come by and use.

This router will be dedicated so I don't see any need for a plunge router at this time. I already have 2 PC 1-3/4HP's (one is VS with plunge), a PC 3/4HP fixed and a Bosch VS Colt.

Any advice on the best way to proceed will be appreciated. Thanks!

EDIT: The Milwaukee Router is actually a 3-1/2HP model. The PC is 3-1/4HP.

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I have the MW and have been pretty happy with it. Any power differences are likely be neglible. It's hard to go wrong with either. The PC was THE go-to table router for years. The MW has more modern above table features that are convenient. Both get high marks from owners and reviews. See what kind of deals you can find...
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which one will be easier to change out the bits when they are mounted in the table?
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Once again, I'll say that I have had the PC 7518 in my table for 14 years. I have no shaper and it does 98% of all my edging, shaping, etc. I use it almost daily, sometimes for hours on end. I have never had a single problem with it. I have even run 3" panel raising bits in it. No problem. It's a good machine.

Don't know the Milwaukee. Probably, it's as knotscott said, see what kind of deal you can swing on either one.
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