|Review by tenontim||posted 07-21-2009 01:57 AM||7692 views||0 times favorited||12 comments|
I bought one of these routers about 10 months ago. It’s the first and only plunge router that I own, and I couldn’t be more pleased with it. I guess the thing that I like the most is the size to power ratio. I think it’s listed at about 8 lbs and puts out just over 1 HP. It’s very well made and easy to operate, with it’s variable speed motor and smooth plunge mechanism. It has a plunge stop with 3 different settings. Comes with a very nice oversize guide, which I use almost every time I route with this machine. I use it to cut dadoes for panels in the legs of the desk and buffetts that I make. The only down size is the part support. There aren’t many distributors carrying parts, mainly due to the cost of the machine, about $100. I did contact Trend with a request for a locking plate, for holding the spindle when changing bits. The rep at Trend said he would find one for me and sent it out, no cost to me.
Overall, this is a good “bang for your buck” router. I’m looking at getting the plunge base for one of my Bosch 1617’s and see how it is to use a large router with the plunge capabilities.