The Rigid Fixed Base Trim Router is $99 with a free 1/4 sheet sander tossed in.
I don't need another sander, but if the router is any good, I'd spring for it.
Good reviews and the lifetime guarantee is nice too.
Grizzly has Plunge trim router for $85 with shipping.
No reviews, 1 year warranty, but the plunge base would be nice. I've never
bought a "Grizzly" tool.
It seems like a trim router would be perfect for rounding over the edges of
the Doug Fir I'm using to build a bed, as well the mortises for the rail
fasteners and other recesses I have to make.
<$100 fits the budget. Too much more and I'll just use the big ole PC fixed
base, but I'd rather not.
I have a Ryobi and Bosch Colt. The Ryobi doesn't have soft start, and
the kick easily moves the router an inch when it starts. The Bosch has
soft start, and it's much easier to use.
I really don't miss the plunge features, but I really didn't make a whole
lot of use of the larger plunge router base on my full-size Ridgid
I didn't see if the Grizzly has a LED light, but they're really nice
especially on routers and other tools that tend to shadow ambient light.
[Aside: Why they're not on Bosch Jigsaws is either massive idiocy or
If you've got a Menards nearby, it might be worth adding a Bosch Colt to
your list. They had them down to ~80 at one time, including 11% rebate.
I don't know what they are now (but the 11% isn't going on AFAIK).
I have the Makita, and it is a very solid router. I bought the bigger
set however, I had a job that required that I trim laminate at a 15
degree angle and I needed a tilt base.
You can use one or two wrenches to loosen and tighten the collet.
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On Sunday, July 17, 2016 at 6:45:59 PM UTC-4, email@example.com wrote:
The Grizzly manual doesn't mention an LED or Soft Start.
No Menard's near me, just Lowes & HD.
Colt Single Speed $97, Variable Speed $119, Plunge Base $83.
Those prices sure make the $74 Grizzly Plunge kit pretty cheap. Sort of
makes one wonder why, although the answer might be obvious.
My vote is the Bosch Colt, lots of accessories available if you ever
a full size router will do all of what you need too. Just set the end
you are routing on your bench, use a fence, and your good. The end of
the bench provides the support on the other side of the router and a 2x4
jointed and clamped provides the top side support. Just saying.
Take a look at this router from MCLS, $70, It is pretty much an exactly
copy of a Makita that I have, and the Makita is a great router. I
nought the one with carry bag and 4 different bases for about $200 a few
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On Monday, July 18, 2016 at 8:50:06 AM UTC-4, Leon wrote:
Thanks for the MLCS link. I called them and asked if there was a plunge
base available for the Rocky 30 and got some very good news.
They have just introduced a new kit that isn't even on their website yet.
It was just announced to their e-club members and available for order:
Rocky 30 Trim Router with Standard Base and Plunge Base - SKU #9060
If you go to the Quick Order screen, it will accept the 9060 SKU even
though it can't be found via the search utility. I have placed my order.
On Monday, July 18, 2016 at 9:44:35 AM UTC-4, Leon wrote:
FWIW I asked both the sales rep and tech support if the Rocky 30 was a
re-branded Makita but neither of them knew. I'm not doing production work
so I'm hoping that the Rocky 30 is at least up to my hobby usage.
Heck, if it gets me through this bed project I'd almost be satisfied. I've
got lots of small places that need to be rounded over. Most of them would
require some sort of jig for a full-size router, so a trim router would
really make the job go faster.
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