I'm considering buying my first router and not having used one much in
the past, I'm unsure what the important features are. I'm sure more
HP means better cutting power. I've seen some that say "fixed speed"
so I assume some are variable or multiple speed. Is a fixed table OK
or is plunge important? Any brands I should run screaming from? (I
saw some poor reviews of Craftsman here.)
Knowing nothing about routers I suggest you try to buy from a place that
allows returns in a reasonable time. Or perhaps rent one like you are
thinking of buying.
I am sure others will ask you what your intended uses and usage will be.
More HP means more cutting power. It also means more weight to handle when
trying to do fine work.
Some are variable speed. If you are going to use large bits, the variable
speed is important as they must turn slower to keep tip speed down.
I'd recommend getting a kit with changeable bases so you can have the best
of both. De Walt and Porter-Cable are good, as is Bosch I have a Bosch
mounted in a table that gets 905 of my router use. Visit www.partwarner.com
for good router information and reviews.
On Thu, 1 May 2008 18:57:55 -0700 (PDT), Christopher Nelson
Variable speed is good. Lets you slow down and safely use large
cutters. Plunge base is useful for plowing out stopped dadoes. More
HP means more power; king of the beasts is the 3 HP Porter-Cable, but
it's very big and heavy for handheld use. Great for a router table.
Soft start is a good feature to have - gives you enough time to get
both hands on the router before the bit is up to full speed. I have a
Hitachi kit that includes both fixed and plunge bases. Porter-Cable
and DeWalt make good routers as well. Tons of accessories available
for the Porter-Cable.
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