Someone previously described themselves as "shamelessly" owning a stable of
routers. I also fall into that category claiming parenthood of 11 units
(Bosch, Makita, Freud, Craftsman and Porter Cable). But the reconditioned
Hitachi at this site (mentioned in a couple of earlier posts) looks like a
great deal... especially as a starter kit.
Click on the "details" tab and you'll see that it offers 1/4" and 1/2"
collets, electronic speed control, seven template guides and a centering
gauge. Template guides are a great accessory that you'd probably want to add
soon after you gain a bit of experience... and they already come with this
kit! And at 79.5 db... it's whisper quiet... uhhh, well for a router anyway
(always wear hearing protection!!)
I prefer 1/2" router bits for most work but every now and again you need a
small bit that works best in the 1/4" configuration. So both collet sizes is
almost a necessity. And you're able to buy bits when they're on sale...
regardless of size.
And since pawnshops have been mentioned a couple of times... let me add my 2
cents worth on that subject. I'm a Detective Sergeant with a fairly large
municipal police service in Canada (700,000 pop.) and I'm in charge of our
Pawn Unit. My experience is that most power tools in a pawnshop have been
stolen from a construction site, a manufacturing plant or from a homeowner. I
say MOST 'cuz there are some items that are pawned legitimately by the owner.
My job is to vet everything in our 40 odd pawnshops and determine if the
items originated as the result of a criminal act. If I can't connect the
goods to a crime then I have to consider them to be legit and to be fair game.
No morality judgments here. If you don't buy it, someone else will. My only
caveat is that a beginner should be cautious about plunking down hard earned
cash for a power tool with an unknown history. Experienced users usually can
figure out if the goods are in useable condition and whether buying them
constitutes a deal or not. If a newbie wants to shop for power tools at a
pawnshop... take along a friend who has experience with the type of product
in mind. As they say in court... caveat emptor! (buyer beware)
K.... nuff out'a me! Time to get back to kicking a**
and taking names...
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