On Jun 25, 1:24 am, email@example.com wrote:
WARNING: It's an Eeevilll plot, a slippery slope. Once you get a
router and find out what it can do, you will invest in a box of bits,
and then find a need for a router table. Then a good clamping
straight edge, and on, and on! But I agree, a single speed, basic,
router will work just fine to get started. Hope this helps.....
I have a shameless inventory of routers and I'm surprised how well some
of the newer Craftsman models perform.
For the price they do very well.
I bought this one several months ago and it has worked flawlessly.
I paid 79.99 for it and I see where Sears has it now for $84.99
I recommend the Bosch Colt. It is often sold as a "trim" router because it
is small, but it is very reliable, can be used with most 1/4" shank bits,
and has enough power to do most tasks if you don't try to do to too much in
a single pass. It runs about $25 new in most stores.
With the building industry in the dumps(in most areas),
I would start touring the pawn shops.
I would look for almost any Porter Cable router,
with the 690 series being a very nice choice.
You might also run across Dewalt or Hitachi
but steer away from Ryobi or any brand not
ever heard of.
You want a router with the ability to change
collets(all Porter Cable) and you want a 1/2"
collet for the best service.
I would think a decent router can be found
for well under $100 these days.
I would mention Ebay, but that is pot luck
and too many thieves and crooks like that venue.
Someone previously described themselves as "shamelessly" owning a stable of
routers. I also fall into that category claiming parenthood of 11 units
(Bosch, Makita, Freud, Craftsman and Porter Cable). But the reconditioned
Hitachi at this site (mentioned in a couple of earlier posts) looks like a
great deal... especially as a starter kit.
Click on the "details" tab and you'll see that it offers 1/4" and 1/2"
collets, electronic speed control, seven template guides and a centering
gauge. Template guides are a great accessory that you'd probably want to add
soon after you gain a bit of experience... and they already come with this
kit! And at 79.5 db... it's whisper quiet... uhhh, well for a router anyway
(always wear hearing protection!!)
I prefer 1/2" router bits for most work but every now and again you need a
small bit that works best in the 1/4" configuration. So both collet sizes is
almost a necessity. And you're able to buy bits when they're on sale...
regardless of size.
And since pawnshops have been mentioned a couple of times... let me add my 2
cents worth on that subject. I'm a Detective Sergeant with a fairly large
municipal police service in Canada (700,000 pop.) and I'm in charge of our
Pawn Unit. My experience is that most power tools in a pawnshop have been
stolen from a construction site, a manufacturing plant or from a homeowner. I
say MOST 'cuz there are some items that are pawned legitimately by the owner.
My job is to vet everything in our 40 odd pawnshops and determine if the
items originated as the result of a criminal act. If I can't connect the
goods to a crime then I have to consider them to be legit and to be fair game.
No morality judgments here. If you don't buy it, someone else will. My only
caveat is that a beginner should be cautious about plunking down hard earned
cash for a power tool with an unknown history. Experienced users usually can
figure out if the goods are in useable condition and whether buying them
constitutes a deal or not. If a newbie wants to shop for power tools at a
pawnshop... take along a friend who has experience with the type of product
in mind. As they say in court... caveat emptor! (buyer beware)
K.... nuff out'a me! Time to get back to kicking a** and taking names...
I checked their website and the KM12VC listed $315 new and $102
recondtioned. But I saw it at Lowe's for $179. So now I'm wondering, if
they're wrong about that, what else could they be wrong about? Like
179 is a discounted price--that's the same as Coastal Tool charges and
Coastal is about as cheap as a reputable supplier gets.
On the other hand, Amazon right now has it for 129--I'd bet that that
was a limited time special though.
Yikes!!! I just checked Amazing.com and they talk about a July shipping date.
So I don't think the sale is over yet. I thinks that's an outstanding deal
for this machine. If I didn't have so many already... I'd jump on it!
(Amazon.com product link shortened)
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I just had a close-up look with the zoom feature on Amazon's website (pretty
cool, actually) and I see that this is one of the "new generation" of Hitachi
tools with their swoosh styling and jazzy color scheme. I don't think this
current incarnation quite compares to the vintage Hitachi products, but I
still think that for the money... this is a good deal for a 2 base router kit.
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