When you need a machine that uses electricity to make something as
sharp as a razor travel several thousand RPMs and you will be standing
less than a foot away from it during the process . . . DON'T buy the
Nothing in particular. I was just thinking of buying a light-weight
1/4" router for light trim, etc. and there are some really cheap ones
out there. But the thought hit me. Do I want to trust Bosch or Makita
or something imported from Thailand with a crooked label showing a
brand name of "Busy Bee" or somesuch?
Good thinking. The wife got me an el cheapo router, and it nearly
took my palm off. Now there's a nice PC 691 in it's place. OTOH,
there are some good uses for cheap tools- my dad got me a "tool shop"
(dirty words in my household) reciprocating saw last X-mas, and so far
it's worked just fine- all I use it for is roughly chopping holes in
drywall and lopping a bit off the occasional piece of angle iron or
rebar, so cheap is all I need.
Aut inveniam viam aut faciam
I'm put in mind of the cartoon that appeared in Aviation Leak many years
ago--two astronauts are in a Gemini spacecraft in orbit and one says to the
other "I just realized that every part of this thing was made by the lowest
There was a great Herman cartoon where he had his arm around what looked
like a 30 inch saw blade. He was trying to loosen the nut and had it wedged
under his arm. The caption read "Get away from that switch!"
I wouldn't use a Homier power tool (even if the didn't break in the first 5
minutes), but I doubt any tool sold by a normal store is going to fail
catastrophically. The law suits would quickly put them out of business.
Your house brand router is going have significant run out, the bearing will
wear out pretty quickly. and they might be poorly designed. It will not
explode. If bad run out and short life aren't problems for you, they can be
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