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A Lot of Value for the Money

A Lot of Value for the Money

02-01-2016 04:02 PM by jaysuzi | 7 comments »

This package comes with a lot. First as the product says, it has both a fixed base and a plunge base. It is 2 HP, plenty for most hobbyist, especially if used as a hand held router. I think the build quality is very good. I have not used it for a long time, but I certainly like it much better than the Craftsman router that I bought 12 years ago. The price is also very good. The website says regular price is $214, but I have NEVER see it for that much. The sale price online is $106, whi...

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Bosch Colt router has collet problems.

Bosch Colt router has collet problems.

11-02-2015 10:53 PM by PatrickB | 28 comments »

I thought I would add to this review due to some of the replies I have received. Every time I operated the tool I experienced an issue with either the fence vibrating loose or the bit vibrating loose. Every time I operated the tool means maybe 7 or 8 times total. It appears to me some people think “every time” to mean 150 or 500 times or whatever they want it to mean. When purchased this tool was meant to go on a cnc router build I was going to do so other than looking it over ...

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The Hitachi 3-1/4 router - My Two Cents

The Hitachi 3-1/4 router - My Two Cents

06-20-2015 05:34 AM by MikeSpanky | 10 comments »

I purchased mine about a year ago with one purpose in mind, using it strictly for dovetails on a Leigh jig. When I pulled it from the box I knew I had made a poor choice on this one. Thirteen pounds is no easy tool to handle for any long period of time. I have terrible tendoitis and back trouble, and this thing was a monster. Nevertheless, the money was spent and I was gullible. Besides it had the POWER. This router has a variable speed knob on one handle with easy access. It is a plunge r...

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Harbor Freight Router good for the price.

Harbor Freight Router good for the price.

01-28-2015 12:08 PM by TheLorax | 9 comments »

What’s in the box: You get the 2 HP 11 AMP Fixed base router, a 1/4”,3/8”, and 1/2” collets, two wrenches for changing bits one to hold theshaft and one to loosen the bit, it comes with a 1/2” shank 1/2” straight cut bit and finally it has an edge guide that comes with it. So far I’ve used it to cut some dadoes and some mortises while mountedto a homemade table for it. It appears to have plenty of power I’vecut through maple and plywood with...

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First Impressions, Second Thoughts & the Third Degree: Ridgid Compact Router

First Impressions, Second Thoughts & the Third Degree: Ridgid Compact Router

12-04-2014 10:55 PM by ajw1978 | 12 comments »

Today, I picked up this very popular—judging from the reviews on this site and others across the web—little offering from Ridgid. It’s was the fourth compact/palm/trim router I’ve tried in the last few weeks, but I think I’ve got a keeper. Earlier this summer, I purchased my first router; a Craftsman combination fixed/plunge base kit with a router table. And so far, so good. They’ve been very adequate for my incredibly-basic skill level, though I found m...

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Porter Cable 690LR "Ouch"

Porter Cable 690LR "Ouch"

11-23-2014 11:47 PM by captferd | 11 comments »

Been using Porter Cable routers Since mid 80’s. Cant wear them out. Well at least not till now. I was setting the adjustments on my plunge router when the handle suddenly just broke. My thumb got a pretty good slice in the process. Luckily it wasn’t running at the time, that could have been disastrous. My advise to anyone that has one of these routers with the hard plastic handles would be to replace them. I had some rubber ones from another base that fit. I’m not sure if ag...

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Router Mega Review - Dewalt and Porter Cable

Router Mega Review - Dewalt and Porter Cable

10-14-2014 09:01 PM by pintodeluxe | 11 comments »

Whether you are looking for your first router or adding a new model to a growing collection, DeWalt and Porter Cable fit the bill. The current crop of 2-1/4 h.p. combination kits have proven their merit for years. With the precision of a dedicated plunge router and the versatility of a fixed base, it’s no wonder why their popularity continues to grow. The newest crop of 1-1/4 h.p. combo kits are a great concept: squeeze all the functionality of a mid-size combo kit into a pint-sized pa...

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Excellent routers for the money (and in general for that matter)

Excellent routers for the money (and in general for that matter)

09-30-2014 06:46 AM by jtm | 17 comments »

So I figured it was time to contribute to the review section of this site. Rather than review each router individually, I decided that since these share a lot of the same features, it might be a good idea to review them as a whole. I have four routers, all of which are current production models sold at Sears: 1) Craftsman Professional 14-amp, 2.5-hp Fixed/Plunge Base (in my router table)2) Craftsman 12-amp, 2-hp Fixed Base (for my dovetail jig)3) Craftsman 12.0 AMP/VS 2.0 HP Digital Plu...

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New Router for the Router Table

New Router for the Router Table

02-09-2014 10:04 PM by Jerry | 11 comments »

This router is amazing. Quiet, powerful – 2.25 HP, variable speed – 10,000-24,000 RPM, a breeze to adjust, which you can do three ways. 1) With the adjustment screw2) By pushing the release button you can adjust quickly to a given range, then dial it in3) Best of all, with a T-Handle wrench ( provided as part of the package ) through the bottom of the router, this makes it perfect for a router table, and you don’t have the added expense of a router lift. You can also ...

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Powerful Tool In a Small Package

Powerful Tool In a Small Package

01-28-2014 03:04 AM by Jim | 19 comments »

For Christmas I received this little router and finally got a chance to put it to use today. I’ve always had a lot of respect for the big routers and their potential for beautiful work, and great damage. I’ve always felt like I was wrestling a runaway chainsaw. This compact bodied router still has power to do most of the work I need, yet doesn’t feel like it’s going to get away from me like my full body router. I also noticed that the smaller body made it much easier t...

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