It's my first trim router, so I don't have anything to compare it to, but it seems like a nice little unit.
I wish it came with some sort of carrying case, but I guess I'll have to pick one up at HF or HD. There's no LED or micro-adjust, but at under $100 for the router and plunge base, I'm not complaining.
I did a quick round-over on a short piece of 1 x 6 and it was nice to be able to use one hand for the router and one hand to hold the board. The plunge base seems to work, but I haven't really tested it yet.
Here's my question:
In with the accessories was a 3/8" collet. As shown in the link below, the 3/8" collet (on the left) is just a conical sleeve with a single slot. The more standard 1/4" four-slot collet is on the right.
I was not aware that router bits came with 3/8" shanks, so I called MLCS. When I asked about the 3/8" collet, the tech support guy said:
"Yeah, they throw that in at the factory. You won't get much use out of it since there aren't too many 3/8" shank routers bits available."
Is that true? Obviously the larger the shank the better, so I wouldn't mind springing for a couple of 3/8" shank bits if they were available. On the other hand, the fact that the 3/8" collet is much more "basic" than a standard four-slot router collet, it almost seems like it's not meant to be used full time.
Your thoughts and opinions are most welcome.