I'm seeking some explanations regarding the huge plunge routers available on the market right now.
All tool manufacturers offer a 3+HP plunge router in their lineup (some have more than one) but only two makes a fixed base router (PC and 3HP). My impression is the following:
- Those routers are very heavy and not really suitable for hand held work. - Some of them have a very small base opening preventing them from using large diameter bits. - Some may claim they're designed to be installed in a table. Well, you don't need a plunge router to gain the ability to raise the bit? A fixed base router does the job well... Many plunge routers have powerful springs that makes them very hard to raise once they're installed in a table. - As far as I'm concerned, a plunge router is designed "to plunge" in the material. I don't know many "plunging" tasks that requires such a monster. Making mortises is done easily with any 2HP plunge router.
Well, this is my understanding so far. Am I missing something? There must be over 10 plunge router monsters available but only 2 fixed base. There must be a reason for it that I ignore. What's the advantage of the plunge base in such big router?
I would appreciate if anyone of you can shed some light on this...