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#1 posted 03-20-2012 10:51 AM

I can sympathize with the “buy it” responses since I like to find good 2nd hand tools. Best way is to plan way ahead for what you want, educate yourself to reliable “gems” in the many tools out there, and pounce before some other opportunist does. That said, I bought a 3hp Hitachi plunge router (TR12 I think) many years ago that I was happy with and I only used it a dozen times, if that. Since those days, I’ve retired and am looking forward to a renewed woodworking effort. A lot of things have changed, either in reality or in my awareness, but router tables have become so sophisticated and manufacturers have started making router kits with dual bases. One base stays under the table and the other serves you free hand when you need a plunge router. I had an opportunity to pick up such a kit for a song and it all looked practically new. It was a Hitachi kit and I “pulled the trigger” based on my previous Hitachi experiences. I was a couple of hours from home and no research was done. Sometimes you just gotta trust your gut!

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