I have to replace, upgrade, and get some new tools for a set of bookcases I will be beginning next week. I have been building boxes and other small projects in my garage/shop for the last two years and have made due with what I had. Now that I am branching out and getting back into cabinets I have to change around my shop.
This first episode is the replacement of an old 1 1/4HP Craftsman router I inherited from my step father. It had seen better days before he got it used, but I used it so little it wasn’t a problem.
I decided to go with the 2 1/4HP Dewalt. I also went ahead and got the kit with all three bases. In my old cabinet shop we always had D handles and since I am most comfortable with that style it was a must. I also use the router table extension on my table saw so a fixed base was needed. My old router only got used on the table because I was to lazy to take it off the table. Now I can attach the fixed base and just remove the motor when I want to route by hand. It also comes with the plunge router base. There have been many times over the last two years I wished I had one and now I do.
I choose the 2 1/4 because I didn’t want to always use a heavy 3+ HP and a 1 3/4 isn’t idea when using larger bits. I think the 2 1/4 will be a happy medium. I plan to do a review once I get through this project and give it a good work out.
One last point is that it is variable speed. Once again this played into the fact that I wanted a all purpose router that will be able to do just about anything I need it to.
Thanks for taking a look. I am waiting for a few more deliveries, so stay tuned so I can show off my new toys.
-- JoeyG ~~~ http://www.facebook.com/JHGWoodWorks