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How many of you get by with one router?

by AlaskaGuy
posted 04-11-2018 05:49 PM


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Handtooler

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#1 posted 04-11-2018 05:52 PM

I own three. The Bosch Colt gets the most use however.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 bassboy40@outlook.com

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Ripper70

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#2 posted 04-11-2018 05:52 PM

I’ve got a Skil 2 1/4 h.p. combo and a Rigid trim router. So it’s kinda like having one and a half routers.

-- "You know, I'm such a great driver, it's incomprehensible that they took my license away." --Vince Ricardo

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#3 posted 04-11-2018 06:02 PM



I ve got a Skil 2 1/4 h.p. combo and a Rigid trim router. So it s kinda like having one and a half routers.

- Ripper70

Ditto. If I had all 1/4” shank bits I’d do with the big one as well.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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jbay

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#4 posted 04-11-2018 06:02 PM

I get by with one….....................at a time…..........

(But A1Jim has us all beat)

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Ripper70

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#5 posted 04-11-2018 06:06 PM



I get by with one….....................at a time…..........

- Jbay

Ya know, you can change the bits on those things. You don’t need a separate router for every bit in your tool box!

What happened? Did you lose the collet wrench?

-- "You know, I'm such a great driver, it's incomprehensible that they took my license away." --Vince Ricardo

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John Smith

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#6 posted 04-11-2018 06:16 PM

LOL = X2 with Jbay

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that’s like asking a tournament fisherman why he needs so many rods on his boat.

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-- Graduated Valedictorian from the University of HardKnocks --

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#7 posted 04-11-2018 06:17 PM

I get by with one….....................at a time…..........

- Jbay

Ya know, you can change the bits on those things. You don t need a separate router for every bit in your tool box!

What happened? Did you lose the collet wrench?

- Ripper70

Time is money to some, changing bits cost time.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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TheFridge

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#8 posted 04-11-2018 06:19 PM

Plus it never hurts to have a dozen backups :)

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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ArtMann

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#9 posted 04-11-2018 06:30 PM

I get by with three.

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CRAIGCLICK

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#10 posted 04-11-2018 06:31 PM

And here I am, Agonizing over whether I should keep borrowing my brother’s router.

-- Somewhere between raising hell and amazing grace.

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jbay

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#11 posted 04-11-2018 06:56 PM

I used to have a shop, with employees, so I just seemed to acquire them over the years.

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BlasterStumps

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#12 posted 04-11-2018 07:20 PM

I have a couple of the 690 routers. They haven’t seen much use but considering their age, I might should get some new bearings and brushes for them and spend some time working on them. : (

-- "I build for function first, looks second. Most times I never get around to looks." - Mike, western Colorado

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John Smith

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#13 posted 04-11-2018 07:44 PM

Blaster – buy more routers now just in case the bearings and bushings wear out
on your old ones when you least need it.

.

-- Graduated Valedictorian from the University of HardKnocks --

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BlasterStumps

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#14 posted 04-11-2018 08:04 PM

I was thinking about working on the routers just the other day. I have been stupid sick for a week and a half so I didn’t get with it. I don’t have storage space for any more routers with maybe the exception of a trim router : )


Blaster – buy more routers now just in case the bearings and bushings wear out
on your old ones when you least need it.

.

- John Smith


-- "I build for function first, looks second. Most times I never get around to looks." - Mike, western Colorado

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AlaskaGuy

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#15 posted 04-11-2018 08:13 PM



And here I am, Agonizing over whether I should keep borrowing my brother s router.

- CRAIGCLICK

It was you post that made me think of posting this question.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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ruger

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#16 posted 04-11-2018 08:24 PM

i only have 3 the bosch colt is what i use for lettering. i’m looking for something with a light and a bigger opening than the colt so i can get a better sight of what i’m routing. but
small like the colt the reason being, i rout some small letters,

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OSU55

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#17 posted 04-11-2018 08:40 PM

1 in a table, 1 2-1/4 hand held, 1 trim. Unless you do production work whats the point to having more? I dont think they have the same collecting appeal as hand planes but I could be wrong.

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AlaskaGuy

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#18 posted 04-11-2018 09:12 PM



1 in a table, 1 2-1/4 hand held, 1 trim. Unless you do production work whats the point to having more? I dont think they have the same collecting appeal as hand planes but I could be wrong.

- OSU55

Production or not, I don’t like changing bits and having to matching a setup exactly as it was used used before.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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Rich

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#19 posted 04-11-2018 09:35 PM


Production or not, I don t like changing bits and having to matching a setup exactly as it was used used before.

- AlaskaGuy

Same here, AG. My PC 7529 stays chucked with the half blind dovetail bit I use most often on my Leigh jig. I just grab it and start cutting, no test boards needed. The DeWalt 625 gets put away with the 1-3/4” straight bit I use on my router sled. I could go on, but you get the idea.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#20 posted 04-11-2018 09:52 PM

Apparently, routers are like clamps. You can never have too many!!!!

Me, though, I have 3, 2.25 HP Bosch 1617 with the plunge handle and the regular handle, 3 HP Porter Cable in the router table, and a Dewalt compact 1.25 HP.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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Rayne

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#21 posted 04-11-2018 09:53 PM

Mine was 3 until yesterday. Bought the Ridgid cordless, brushless trim router for $60…I figured it would be worth a try just to stop struggling with a cord. (clearance from Home Depot).

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pintodeluxe

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#22 posted 04-11-2018 11:12 PM

I have so many that a few years back I was inspired to take a “Glamour Shot” of my routers like they were French models or something. This is an addiction. I mean it could be worse… drugs or gambling or something… but I’m ready to admit I have a problem.

The sad part is, there’re other routers that aren’t pictured.

All I hear when I see that picture is Ahhh-a-Ahhhhhh! (phonetic joy)

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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bandit571

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#23 posted 04-11-2018 11:20 PM

Have 3…a 2hp “kit” with plunge and fixed bases, a B7D in the router Table(1/4” collet) and a DeWalt with a 1/2” collet I haven’t even fired up..yet. mainly using the 2 hp one….

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#24 posted 04-11-2018 11:34 PM

I got by with one for the first year or so. I’m down to four, but could get by with two.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#25 posted 04-12-2018 12:26 AM

I have two but only use one at a time:)

-- Aj

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Manitario

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#26 posted 04-12-2018 04:05 AM

I have three; one in the router table, a small 1.25HP Dewalt and a larger 2HP Dewalt.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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tacky68

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#27 posted 04-12-2018 04:06 AM

I have five:
A Craftsman 1/4 inch, 1-1/2 HP; works great-never gets used.
Rigid trim: used for small roundovers. Want the Dewalt trim.
Craftsman 2Hp; used in router table. Will get get a PC 7518, when I get new Woodpecker router table.
DeWalt 618; my go-to.
Bosch 3-1/4 plunge. Used it one time to cut out a circle for a lazy susan. Absolute beast. Paid $60. NIB on CL.

Tim.

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mel52

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#28 posted 04-12-2018 04:22 AM

I have three, all Bosch. One in my router table, one that I use with reg. or plunge set-up and the Colt which I use a lot.

-- MEL, Kansas

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woodbutcherbynight

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#29 posted 04-12-2018 04:24 AM



I get by with one….....................at a time…..........

(But A1Jim has us all beat)

LOL, saw that coming…

- Jbay


-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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JohnDi

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#30 posted 04-12-2018 09:57 AM

For some reason, routers are like hand planes. They keep following me home.
I currently have 3, down from 6, but I could easily have more by the end of next week depending on what I come across.
I usually end up giving the better ones away to friends and then go get more.

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BFamous

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#31 posted 04-12-2018 10:20 AM

I get by with 3, but could use a few more… Ideally, I think it would be great to have one router for each but – think of all of the time savings of not having to change bits, that would definitely justify the cost of the routers.

-- Brian Famous :: Charlotte, NC :: http://www.FamousArtisan.com

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ScottM

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#32 posted 04-12-2018 12:26 PM

I just have one, but 3 bases. I pull it out of my table when I need it and use the applicable base.

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Tennessee

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#33 posted 04-12-2018 12:55 PM

I think I am at nine. I have to think. No pictures, too ashamed…...

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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d38

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#34 posted 04-12-2018 02:49 PM

I have one. But I can see how multiple routers saves setup time on bigger projects requiring multiple bits.
When I make new kitchen cabinet doors in the future, I might add a router.

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Handtooler

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#35 posted 04-12-2018 02:59 PM

d38, If your current router is not a trim handheld router make a wise choice of manufacturer and get one of theses They use 1/4 shank bits but profiles are VAST.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 bassboy40@outlook.com

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#36 posted 04-12-2018 03:09 PM

HI Jbay
Not sure I have everyone beat I’m down to 38 after giving some to family members. I guess I should start my own thread that says, does anyone really need 38 routers :))

-- https://www.artisticwoodstudio.com/videos wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#37 posted 04-12-2018 03:39 PM

I get by with two routers. Small, and Large.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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jimintx

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#38 posted 04-12-2018 03:45 PM

I’ve lost count, and I am way behind a lot of the other folks on here.
I think I now have six, ...

I know there are two more I plan to add soon.
However there is one I should put in a garage sale some day.

I should make a complete tool inventory.
But I would want to make sure my lovely wife didn’t find it ;-D

-- Jim, Houston, TX

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#39 posted 04-12-2018 03:50 PM

I have 5 I think. Haven’t counted in a while and they seem to multiply if you don’t keep separated.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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bandit571

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#40 posted 04-12-2018 06:09 PM

Ok, so how many did Norm Abram actually have…let alone use?

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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Rich

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#41 posted 04-12-2018 06:30 PM


Ok, so how many did Norm Abram actually have…let alone use?

- bandit571

Norm didn’t have any. Everything on that show, including the property the shop sat on, belonged to Russ Morash aka the King of Getting Rich Off of Public Broadcasting. I just call him scumbag. All of those fundraisers designed to make you “feel good” about donating to PBS raised money that made some fat cats even fatter. Disgusting.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#42 posted 04-12-2018 06:48 PM

3.5hp Triton in the RT; PorterCable 690 that comes out of the box whenever the RT isn’t appropriate… Bosch trim router purchased for a particular laminate job and shoved in a drawer… Dewalt trim router in the CNC… That makes just 4 for me.
I’d like to have one of the quiet, cordless type like Smitty showed.

-- I'd rather be a hammer than a nail

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Ocelot

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#43 posted 04-12-2018 09:08 PM

5, I think – but one of them is only sighted every few years. Last I saw it, it was in a box. I don’t know where.

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#44 posted 04-13-2018 08:29 PM

I have a Bosch 1617 I keep in the table and a Rigid 18v cordless trim router for small stuff. I typically get by with that combo.

-- "Being a perfectionist does not make one perfect..."

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#45 posted 04-13-2018 10:09 PM

I’m scraping by with 5 at last count.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#46 posted 04-14-2018 12:07 PM

I have 3 of the Porter Cables. One in my router table, one on my cnc, and one with a plunge base. The routers run well but I keep wearing out collets. On one of them the push button to hold the bit in place for changes no longer pushes in so I have to use 2 wrenches.

-- Schooled in the advanced art of sawdust and woodchip manufacturing.

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Billfish

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#47 posted 04-14-2018 01:34 PM

2 hiachi 2 portercable 1millwakee 2 bosch 2 sears and a couple of trim routers

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GrantA

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#48 posted 04-15-2018 02:46 PM

I got by with one for a while as a hobbyist mind you – a Ridgid with fixed base mounted to the table and plunge base for handheld operations.
Then I got a dewalt plunge router (not sure the model number but the controls are on the handles and it has a 3-position depth stop) and it plunges SO much better, I love that one for handheld work.
Now the Ridgid stays mounted in the table. Of course I still have a plunge base for it.
I recently picked up a porter cable trim/palm router too so I can leave it setup with a roundover bit, I can see having a cabinet full of those setup with commonly used edge profiles!

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Desert_Woodworker

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#49 posted 04-15-2018 03:23 PM

Here are a few of mine. Note the yellow “made in America” DeWalt is only used for Alder
I don’ wan’t Maple, Oak and lesser species dust to contaminate the Alder.

-- Desert_Woodworker

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Rich

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#50 posted 04-15-2018 03:38 PM


Here are a few of mine. Note the yellow “made in America” DeWalt is only used for Alder
I don wan t Maple, Oak and lesser species dust to contaminate the Alder.

- Desert_Woodworker

A purist! I admire than in a woodworker. Alder is God’s wood, and to taint it would be heresy.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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