The pantograph assembly of the PantoRouter™ is precisely machined to hold some 110 Volt routers commonly available in the US and Canada markets, and critical dimensions are the diameter and length of the mounting cylinder. The diameter must be 3.5”. No other size will work, and the pantograph must not be altered in any way. The mounting cylinder must be at least 3-7/8” long to fit between the router mounts. The DeWALT model DW618 and the Porter Cable Model 892 (with a minor modification) meet both specs. If you select a different brand or model, be sure there are no pins or protrusions in the area where the router mounts in the pantograph assembly.
The Porter Cable Model 892 is our router of choice. It has a variable speed router motor, a rack and pinion height adjustment and an aligning pin used for their fixed and plunge router bases. Removing the rack is easily done by unthreading the two screws shown in the photo. The two pins on the router body will fit through the slots on the router mount of the 2016 and newerPantoRouters™ (with our website address cast into the router mounts). Once the pins are clear of the router mounts the router motor can be twisted into the best position so the cord will clear and the router shaft locking pin lines up with the port on the dust collector hood.
Older versions will need a slight modification of the router to work. Please send us an email and we'll walk you through it. It's very simple.
Please note, the Porter Cable model 690LR will not fit the PantoRouter™.
We can special order pantographs with larger router mounts for Ridgid and possibly other brands. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional guidance.
We do not have access to 220 Volt routers but some of our customers abroad use Draper and AEG.
We recommend a dedicated router for your PantoRouter™. We believe it’s safer and you’re more likely to use your HPR more often if it’s always ready to go.
We also recommend a dedicated auxiliary paddle switch for your PantoRouter™. The on-off switch on the router might not be in a convenient place to be easily accessed, whereas a paddle switch could be mounted where you could turn the router off without removing your hands from the two handles controlling the PantoRouter™ much like many table saws on the market today.