I also like the porter cable router with the two extra bases, I have
it mounted on a homemade table that works just fine.
I also bought a 3.5 hp variable speed router on ebay for about $70.00
which I plan to mount to the other end of my table for heavier
Good Luch Johnny!
Please. I don't think this is the question the OP is asking. I mean, we
don't even know if they need switching functionality too. We have a pair of
nice Cisco 6500 layer 3 core switches that both switch and route between
VLANs. With the redundant supervisor modules, you could buy a really nice
workshop and tools for what those babies cost (OBWW).
I'd get at least a 1.5 HP or more if you can, If you are going to use this
router hand held then I'd also suggest getting a Plunge Router, it's much
better for a varity of jobs. A very good mid priced router id the Porter
Cable 690 series, you can get it in a kit with both a fixed and plunge
Cheers Mike H
If you need just one router, buy one with some balls. You will need
them at some point.
One helluva deal is the Hitachi M12V and there are still some older
models available for a song.
It will give you 3.25 HP, 1/2" collet and plunge. I have 4 of those
puppies now and love them.
Somone told me that these routers are now made in China from the
Japanese tooling. Yes? No?
I know they moved a lot of their manufacturing over there, but this
particular router has been an industry standard workhorse even before
Bob and Rick (good day, eh? We're here to talk about yoosing your
Just wondernig. I used to see them on sale every once in a while and
always wondered if I >>needed<< one.
Assuming you are interested in pursuing woodworking as a hobby and
this is not just a one-shot project, spend the dollars up front and
get a Porter Cable, Dewalt or Bosch kit with both a plunge base and a
fixed base, 1/2" and 1/4" collets (accepts bits with both 1/2" and
1/4" shank). Stay away from Craftsman, Black & Decker, Skil, Ryobi
and Harbor Freight or anything else that is substantially cheaper than
the name brands in the first group. You will soon have more invested
in bits than you do in your router. Buy only Carbide tipped bits and
stay away from the ones that seem too good a deal to pass up. If you
are just buying a router for one project and don't see any further
need for it, still buy a good one and sell it on Ebay when you are
finished. The good ones bring good prices, but you can't give the
cheap ones away.
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