Am looking to buy a router for the first time. One with a 1/2" collet would
be nice but they seem to be much too costly. Better options to start with
seem to be
(Amazon.com product link shortened) ?67
(Amazon.com product link shortened) ?83
I have seen a positive video review of the Trend T4 but the Amazon reviews
indicate some build quality problems.
The Bosch seems to have a comprehensive set of features for a good price.
The reviews say that it has the problem that its power cannot be locked on
and this makes it unsuitable for use in a table. I have checked in the
product manual to be sure that the reviews are correct. Unfortunately, they
are. The manual says: "Note: For safety reasons, the On/Off switch 22 cannot
be locked; it must remain pressed during the entire operation." Pretty
weird, huh. To use that router in a table an option seems to be to hold the
switch with a tie-wrap though I cannot confirm that that will work.
There is another Bosch, the 1400, with a constant-speed control, a light and
a case, for another ?13. That might be worth getting.
Could you recommend a set of bits and/or other accessories to buy with the
router? I would rather get a comprehensive set of accessories up front. That
would probably work out cheaper in the long run.
Incidentally, I am thinking to make the router table when I need it. There
seem to be some good options described in Youtube videos. There's quite a
wide range of advice there!
The T4 seems to be a bit of an anomaly in the trend line, in that I get
the impression that they badge it rather than make it - so it does not
always seem to live up to the quality of the rest of the lineup. Having
said that its been out for a while now and is well priced, so ought to
still be usable.
That's a common problem with lots of routers these days. Usually it can
be fixed in one way or another though.
1400W is a more useful power for a general workhorse router...
Well that's a harder call... I would caution against buying a huge set
of cutters - since you may well find that most never get used, and a few
get used to death!
You will need a selection of straight fluted cutters, say a 1/4", 1/2"
and maybe some other sizes. Round over and ogee profiling bits are
always useful, and perhaps a couple of bearing guided flush trim bits
(one with a top baring and one with a bottom bearing).
After that, buy bits as you find applications for them. Keep in mind
that over time the investment in cutters will soon amount to several
times the cost of the router.
Yup making a table is often a good idea, and you can produce something a
much better size and more solidly built than many commercial tables.
Get a good book on making router jigs as well, since much of the
creative power of the router comes down to the jigs you build for it.
On Monday, September 1, 2014 12:39:00 PM UTC+1, Gazz wrote:
+1 - it's another piece if Eurobollocks I believe.
One thing the OP will find is that if he builds a table, and I would I wouldn't be without mine, you inevitably find some application that requires the machine to be hand held ..... so you go and buy another router!!
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