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Posted on That new Trend plunge router - anyone lay hands on one yet?

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#1 posted 06-13-2010 08:35 AM

The Trend is, well, a hundred dollar router (die grinder). That said, I bought one and don’t regret it. However, that is based on limited experience.

The Trend router has enough is comfortable enough and functional enough that I don’t mind reaching for it for many situations. The plunge mechanism seems adequate for most uses (it beats having to align the running bit with an area and easing the router down). However, I haven’t used it in a situation requiring dead on accuracy, so I cannot comment either positively or negatively with regard to such.

For its small size, I have no complaints. In fact, its small size makes it useful where a laminate trimmer is a bit too small, but a full size router is over kill. I ran some dados in 3/4” ply the other day and was happy with its performance.

Lacking imagination, in spite of my claims elsewhere, I bought a Trend router because you can’t have too many routers. Too, it was touted as a variable speed die grinder. I already had a die grinder, but it wasn’t variable speed, but which is a must for some die grinder operations. Thinking things over a bit more, anything that can hold a 1/4” shank could qualify as a die grinder. Still. I test drove it for that function and think it an improvement over my actual die grinder because it is variable. Its slim, tall profile makes it comfortable to use for situations requiring a die grinder.

Oh, and shipping was reasonable (inside joke)

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