Porter cable has one for the 690 and the 890. Get it as part of a set
because the separate d-handle is $100 at rockler, and I think $70 on
I was going to get one for use with the 690 and leigh d-4. I think the
d-handle would give me better control. Then I got that new bosch colt.
Now, I think I'm going to get a larger clear base and attach two large
shop-made wooden handles to it. I think that will better provide the
control and light weight I'm really after.
Segment extracted from router CD:
Users of D-handled routers like the switch-in-hand and claim they have
“more control”. Few other advantages are reported. D-handled
routers are outsold by their two handled counterparts by more than 8 to
1. They are the least popular of all routers and more expensive than
their two handled fixed based relatives. Moreover, and to this
woodworker, they have control problems. Like the circular saw, their
feed direction should be in line with
● D-HANDLED ROUTERS
the handle axis and when you’re behind the handle you can’t see the
cutter, (Fig.-5). Turning corners on the outside of stock requires high
skill to keep the router from rocking. It’s a lot more difficult to
use one with an edge guide. Expect the cord set to be in the way when
the tool is upside down for bit changes. The Bosch 1618 will not rest
upside because of the wire. The high up handle grip will require some
getting use to, to keep the router balanced. The two-handled fixed base
takes less effort and skill to control.
Have identical Makita 1101 routers: one D-handle and the other a two-knob
type. Used the D-handle a couple of times and put it away when I found it
difficult to control when using a guide or straight edge. When doing tasks
such as solid surface countertop work, I much prefer the two-knob
arrangement as the router seems better balanced and much easier to control.
I suspect that if one is knocking the square edge off of a table top with a
round-over bit with a pilot bearing, the D-handle would be fine.
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