Once I have got the worktop sourced (see previous post) I will need a half
what do the team think of the silverline offered by toolstation?
I have a couple of kitchens to do with wooden worktops
I prefer to buy rather than hire
any other recommendations without going top of the range prices
If it's like the Silverline one I got from Toolstation a couple of
years ago, don't bother. I needed a 1/2 inch router to make one
worktop corner joint and didn't want to hire but there was so much
slop in it, it went back unused for a refund. The Screwfix Titan ones
Ended up with an Erbauer which is reasonable enough for the odd
worktop and general carpentry but, if you were in the market for
something to make fine furniture with, I think you'd want to spend
Not tried it, but would not hold out too much hope!
No doubt it will mange a couple of kitchens though.
The SF own branded one gets reasonable reviews:
Mid price, MM have a reasonable Freud:
I bought a B+Q PP branded one for this job: The basic operation is
fine, but depth control is absolutely useless, not that that matters
for worktops, skimming the ends off doors etc, and it was hardly
If you're like me, the first one of anything you buy is never quite
good enough - I always wind up buying something better down the road,
if it turns out to be useful!
What surprised me though was how good the finish was when cutting my
worktop to length with a circular saw: It didn't need finishing off
with a router (except that I'd left a bit on the length to allow for
I bought this one after throwing away a Power Devil piece of crap...
It's been a great tool and has not let me down yet. The box it comes in is
really good too, lots of storage for bits.
What else are opposable thumbs for? Get to me at
wrote:>> I bought this one after throwing away a Power Devil piece of crap...
The description on that one suggests it will take a 1/2" shank, even
though the title says 1/4"
In fact if you look here at the same part number:
its got a better description of it.
Routers are very much a case of you get what you pay for IME. While not
being much of a fan of much Ryobi stuff in general, I suspect that may
be a better choice than some of the more budget options.
Although if paying that sort of money I would go for the Freud. (Wickes
used to badge a version of that in their grey body "pro" range - they
quite often charged more for it that the OEM however. You may still find
some of those in the shops)
A 1/2 inch router is one of those tools (like an angle grinder) that
when you get one you wonder how you ever managed without it.
I got sold a Freud at a woodwork show, with a good discount and a set
of their own bits thrown in. This was in about 1998, and it is still
going strong having been the power behind most of my cabinet making
since then - and that includes over a hundred panelled kitchen cabinet
doors made with both hard wood and MDF.
Buy a good one, and enjoy your woodworking.
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