I am getting ready to build a 24x48 solsylva router for woodworking. I am a toymaker and I will mostly be cutting 1/4", 1/2" and 3/4" hardwoods, mostly poplar. I purchased a Porter Cable 690LR (1.75 HP 11 amp) router for the spindle. I was looking at the Xylotex drives but Jeff from Xylotex warned me that the drives are not powerful enough for what I would like to do. (Thanks Jeff, I appreciate the honesty)
I would like to achieve cutting speeds of 100ipm or above, after all this is supposed to be an entry level production machine and not just a hobby.
What drives should I use and what steppers? The plans are layed out for nema 23.
PS: Please keep in mind that I don't have unlimited funds or I wouldn't build the router myself.
Thanks in advance!