Wanting a smaller trim type router for hand held use around the shop with a
1/2" collet. The TR12 mainly stays in the router table, it being a 5
minute pain to remove, remove the plate, reinstall the old plate, change
the bit, use it, remove the bit, put the old bit back, remove the plate,
install the plate, reinsert into the table.
I'm not aware of a trim router with a 1/2" collet. You're probably looking
at having to settle for a smaller, but full-sized router, like the DeWalt
DW621, or the Porter-Cable 690 series. You may not have to remove the plate
from your existing router to use it hand-held. Consider just leaving it on,
and taking advantage of the larger base, with straight sides.
If you want a trim router, because it's light and handy, then there are
some good ones.
If you want a 1/2" collet, because you don't want to buy more router bits,
that's OK, too.
I have the Porter Cable 310P, as well as the 7310. Both were improved
substantially, from a safety and usability perspective, by purchasing Pat
Warner's clear router bases, both round and offset.
So was the 690 that I have. Used with Pat's clear offset base, I used it
to cut door hinge mortises last weekend, something that I normally would
have used a trimmer for. The larger router base bridged the mortise more
easily, and spun the larger bit I was using more easily as well. (large
hinges, maple ply edge work.)
www.patwarner.com Lots of good router advice. No affiliation, etc. Just a
happy, repeat customer of a bright fellow, who stops by here occaisionally.
Pat offers his experienced opinions of a wide range of routers there.
Have you considered the Milwaukee "Body Grip" router?
http://tinyurl.com/6a7b8 (Amazon - $169.99)
It's fairly light and compact for a 2 1/4 hp 1/2" router and features
comfortable one handed use. I've tried one and liked it but I don't own one
so I can't offer much of an opinion on it.
: Wanting a smaller trim type router for hand held use around the shop with
: 1/2" collet. The TR12 mainly stays in the router table, it being a 5
: minute pain to remove, remove the plate, reinstall the old plate, change
: the bit, use it, remove the bit, put the old bit back, remove the plate,
: install the plate, reinsert into the table.
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