Can one use the Dremel Advantage Plunge Router Attachment (Model 963-01) with Standard Router Bits?

After buying a PC Model 301 trim router and returning after the bit got stuck to badly it got destroyed during my attempts to remove it, I decided to follow up on a suggestion that one of you made in reply to my post at the time, i.e. to use a Dremel Advantage rotary tool (Model 9000) with the above mentioned plunge router attachment.
According to their web site, it takes 1/4" router bits. However, it does not specify the size of the opening of the router base. When I called customer service tonight, I got a big surprise: they stated that using any router bit other than those manufactured by Dremel would void the warranty!??
I was not planning to use it with very large bits, I have my table-mounted Bosch for that, but I was thinking that using roundover bits up to 1/4" would be nice. Also I much prefer carbide over steel, but the Dremel router bits are only made with steel.
I was wondering if one of you has this attachment, and if (a) the warranty does indeed say that, (b) what your experience has been --- have you used it with standard router bits, and (c) what is the size of the opening in the base?
Thank you in advance for the feedback!
Adriaan
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Adriaan,
It may have been my post your are referring to. My Dremel is presently at my nieces house where they're remodeling (everything). The Advantage kit now comes with a plunge router base and a flexible extension. Since it's not here, I can't read the warranty in the manual but that should be available on-line.
I've been using 1/4" bits (roundcover, straight and a core box bit) without any ill effects to the Dremel - so far. I also have the PC310 and the Dremel is rated at 4.5a - same as the PC310. I wouldn't expect it to do heavy routing but so far everything I've done has come out nicely. As for using other than Dremel bits, I'd say that's hog-wash. When I spoke to customer service (a very nice and knowledgeable lady - she's the one on their web site), I told her my intentions of using carbide tipped router bits and she's the one that recommended the plunge base. It's not junk but I wouldn't call it heavy duty but certainly designed to handle anything for 1/8" Dremel bits and most other 1/4" router bits as long as you're reasonable about your cutting.
It is not a replacement for the PC310 if that's what you're thinking and I don't want you to think that - it is a step below for lighter duty applications but much handier than a medium sized router.
As for the base - it's removable.
Bob S.

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