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Blog entry by bobbo1963 posted 06-16-2009 08:20 PM 889 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

What are your thoughts on a router? I have a Craftsman 1/4 inch shank that has been used lightly for 5-6 years. I just purchased a 1/4 slot bit that is about 1 1/2 in diameter. It vibrates to much to use. Going forweard,I am thinking I need a new one. I think that I should go with a 1/2 inch shank. What price range and wheather or not to go to a big bloc store are my concerns.
Any thoughts or expierences are welcome.



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Rustic

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#1 posted 06-16-2009 08:44 PM

I would go with Porter Cable, But then again I own a PC

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#2 posted 06-16-2009 09:01 PM

I guess the real question is how much are you willing to spend. And what do you intend to do with it. That would determine size, quality, etc. Are you going to use a router table or just hand held. Personally, I like Bosch and Freud. Porter Cable also makes good products also. If money is no object, I would go Festool in a heartbeat. These are all quality tools that would serve you well for years. There are other options that are cheaper, but someone else would be better qualified on that. I know I asked a lot of questions, but there is no cut and dry answer without more information.

That said, a dual base kit is a good option if you need a plunge router.

Good luck

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#3 posted 06-16-2009 09:20 PM

I’d stick with the old faithful of the bunch, porter cable. And to address the vibrations issue, you need to dial down the speed a bit. 1/4” shank will vibrate when using wide bits.

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

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#4 posted 06-16-2009 09:28 PM

I think Kent covered the subject very well and juilian hit the nail on the head about 1/4” bits. I own a large number of routers but of the ones I own I like the Porter Cables 690 for general use . I also like the ability to get parts and accessories for the 690.

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#5 posted 06-16-2009 09:35 PM

IF YOU UPGRADE TO A LARGER ROUTER I WOULD RECOMMEND THE PORTER CABLE, HAVING AN ADJUSTABLE SPEED AND THE CHOICE OF A 1/4 OR 1/2 INCH SHANK IS ALWAYS A GOOD CHOICE TO HAVE…IVE ALSO GOT A VARIABLE SPEED BOSCH, THAT HAS SERVED ME WELL….WHEN BUYING ONE , DONT FOREGET THE SMALLER GUY OUT THERE THAT MIGHT HAVE A GOOD CHOICE OF POWER TOOLS..THE BIG BOX STORES ARE RUNNING THESE GUYS OUT OF BUSINESS…...AS LONG AS YOU KNOW YOU CAN GET IT SERVICED…THAT IS AN IMPORTANT ASPECT WHEN BUYING TOOLS….PORTER CABLE IS TRIED AND TRUE…AND FOR A GOOD PRICE…YOU CAN SPEND 400 T0 600 FOR THE SO CALLED CADILAC’S..BUT PC IS A GOOD CHOICE…GRIZZMAN

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#6 posted 06-16-2009 09:59 PM

I faced this same dilemma a few months back. I had $150 to spend (Christmas present money) on a new tool (or two). I already own an old Craftsman 1/4” collet router, but it is single speed and I don’t have a plunge base for it (or any base) so I leave it in the router table (table and router inherited from my late father-in-law). I decided to go with quantity over quality and bought both a Skil compound miter saw and a Skil 2.75 HP router with fixed and plunge base. I got them both from the Big Blue Box store for about $160 total. The also had a Bosch 2.25 HP router (with both fixed and plunge base on sale) for about $150. I have been really happy with the Skil so far and I have used it pretty extensively with my router planing jig (project to posted soon, but very similar to others on this site). Variable speed is quite helpful and the 1/2” collet is nice when using big bits for planing. The only complaint that I have with the Skil is that the depth adjustment using the fixed base can be finnicky. You have to hold the router in the right place when adjusting the depth or the router will skew in the tracks and stop moving vertically (at which point you have to raise it back up and try again). You get what you pay for – I am sure that I would not have had this problem with the Bosch router, but I also would not have a compound miter saw right now either.

-- A bad craftsmen blames his cheap #$%ing tools

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jhatcher

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#7 posted 06-16-2009 10:05 PM

I went with the Dewalt with 2 bases, fixed and plunge. I keep the fixed base attatched to my router table and use the plunge for surface work. I seems to make it easier to install the bit when I can slide it from the base in the router table and handles 1/4 and 1/2 bits fairly well. Also the weight is not bad to tire you out doing surface work…. Can’t seem to think of the model, but is very common.

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#8 posted 06-16-2009 11:13 PM

THANK YOU grizzman about the smaller guy.

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#9 posted 06-17-2009 03:28 PM

I picked up a PC. So far happy with it.

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#10 posted 06-17-2009 05:03 PM

I have Bosch and have been very happy with it.

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#11 posted 06-17-2009 05:36 PM

This is a little bit off the subject…but where is the best place to get parts for a PC router. I have one and like it, but the fixed base needs a couple of parts. My next router (for a table) will either be the 3-1/4 hp Freud or if I win the lottery a Festool.

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#12 posted 06-17-2009 05:46 PM

Ive owned and used almost all of them.

I broke down and bought an “Elu” about 15 years ago and it worked “perfect” until a friend borrowed it, without asking, and returned it broken…......he did foot the repair bill but it was never quite the same and sadly, Elu was bought out by one the big boys and it is now a mere shadow of what it once was.

I broke down and bought a “Festool” a few months back and I have ZERO complaints. Its truly a fantastic router and it should be for the money I paid, but with out a doubt it is the nicest router I have ever held in my hands. They have dust collection figured out to a “T”, ratcheting collet release and micro-adjustment, perfectly balanced, soft start, not heavy to lift but powerful in its performance.

I often go to “woodworking auctions” and see Makita, B D, PC etc…...........go for a song.

Routers are like clamps…...........you cant too many

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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