Router table for making raised panels
Hey guys, i am getting ready to build a router table for my small, part time cabinet building venture. I already own a couple of routers, (Craftsman 2HP and a Skill 2.25HP) routers, but I am unsure if either one would be sufficient enough for my intended use of this router table. I own three shaper tables but only two are functional, and I use one that is perminately setup for stiles and the other is perminately setup for running rails. I need a way to make raised panels and don't want to use either of my existing shapers for this, for multiple reasons that I won't go into.
Anyway, I want to use this soon to be built router table for two main purposes, that is, putting round over and ogee profiles on the outside edges of the cabinet doors that I build, and I also want to use this router table for making raised panels, temporarily until I can get my dead shaper table fixed. My questions are; can I use my existing 2HP Craftsman or 2.25HP Skill for panel raising, or would a 3HP router be an absolute requirement? I don't mind taking multiple passes. Most of my panels will be either maple or MDF, almost exclusively. I found a Dewalt DW625 router locally for $170, it is a 3HP unit I believe. So if you guys think that having a 3HP unit is an absolute necessity, I will pick it up on Monday. Any opinions on this would be great.