Does anyone have recommendations/thoughts about placing a small power feeder on a router table? If so, what size and make? I have a large feeder on the shaper that works great but would like one on the router, primarily for climb feeding.
From contributor M:
I just did the very thing of which you speak. I used a homemade router table with a 4 X 4 fence for stability, which I clamp at the ends.
I use what's called a "mini power feeder" from a company called Harbor Freight, but I think Grizzly also has them. They are only about $200 (made in China) but mine has worked great for about two years. It has all sorts of adjustments for positioning and feed rates.
It's been great how well a power feed works on this application. I can dispense with all the hold downs and hold ins. The power feeder does it all and never gets tired. No more router burns, either.
I would offer a bit of advice, though. I would use these for smaller pieces. It is a lightweight compared to my 1hp feeder. It is good for feeding door material, but may not be hefty enough to hold down a panel.
I have Freeborn cutters for a 3 HP Powermatic shaper with a 1 HP Grizzly feeder and it works great, but I would rather take a beating than set the thing up. A while back I took out a loan and purchased a router lift from Woodpeckers and a fence from Jointech. It was the best tool purchase I've ever made. Bit changes are fast and easy and bit settings can be returned to within a couple of thou. My time at the router table has probably increased ten fold.
Thanks again for your thoughts. I just recently found this site and have really enjoyed reading all the comments and have learned a bunch.
Also, I have had absolutely no problem with this feeder being underpowered, and its small size is a real asset.
I would think this would be fine for stiles. One thing that you want to keep in mind is that the feeders/stand is only as strong as the table it is bolted to. Unless you strengthen your base, a 1/4 may break your table. The nice thing about these feeders is that they are variable speed vs. a choice of 4 speeds. I would think that the 1/4hp would be a stronger unit, though.