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New Router for the Router Table

New Router for the Router Table

02-09-2014 10:04 PM by Jerry | 6 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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My thoughts on the Makita RP2301FC router

My thoughts on the Makita RP2301FC router

01-11-2014 09:07 AM by harry1 | 6 comments »

Here is a link to my review of the Makita RP2301FC. Please click on the link https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B13jQxW5N_l9NmRQYklzSzdhdDA/edit?usp=sharing

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giant Triton router

giant Triton router

12-29-2013 10:48 PM by csifishguy | 10 comments »

Just got my router today and installed it on my grizzly 1023 router table extension. I really like it. I had to drill a hole as you can see so I can use the above table height adjustment tool, that was kinda scary if you look close I screwed up and drilled 2 holes hahah but its gonna work out I can use the extra hole that lines up with the gauge on the crank what I am planning on doing is filling the hole with something that will stand out and look good. , any suggestions would be greatly app...

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Very nice palm router with one annoying flaw

Very nice palm router with one annoying flaw

10-28-2013 05:09 PM by JayT | 8 comments »

I’ve had this router for nearly two years now, so feel I can give a good review based on actual usage. When looking for a small router to do light tasks, I purchased this one because of the price ($89.99 everyday, purchased on sale for $79.99) and I thought the included larger sub-base with the handles looked like a good idea. It has been used quite a bit and overall has been a good investment. The Good: Soft start. I’ve heard of people not liking soft start motors, bu...

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Craftsman Professional Router

Craftsman Professional Router

07-15-2013 06:39 AM by TianZi | 6 comments »

I recently purchased this Craftsman Professional router, though I did decide to return it a few days later. I only had it for 3-4 days, but figured I’d make an account here to post a review since the original reason I purchased the router was based off of lumberjoe’s review (thanks for the review!). Since his review was from about a year an a half ago, I figured I may as well post a new review since I was able to test it out. His review was very accurate compared to my experience...

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I love this router so much, I bought another for under the table!

I love this router so much, I bought another for under the table!

06-04-2013 05:50 AM by JCMeyersIV | 10 comments »

Hey guys! Figured I would do my first ever review. Now this is going to be my impressions of this tool, as well as my rating of the accessories for it. I havent used many routers other that DeWalt so theres no point in comparing. So here we go! I bought the DW618B3 kit over a year ago. I had a 1-3/4hp Craftsman router that just wasnt cutting it for some of the bigger projects i was getting into once I went pro. So upon review and after using a friends DW616 i decided i was going to go with...

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Does Not Compare To Dewalt

Does Not Compare To Dewalt

05-22-2013 05:31 PM by pintodeluxe | 26 comments »

The 1617 has rave reviews, so I thought I might give it a try. The base is tricky to release, because you have to align the tabs, then twist the router together. The old version had a magnesium motor case, but this is the newer version with an aluminum motor case. I played with both versions at the store, and the aluminum version is an improvement, but not as smooth or easy to operate as my Dewalt 618. The switch is known to fail frequently, and mine works intermittently. I guess the r...

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Solid, Simple, Powerful.  Router Lift Not Required (Really!).

Solid, Simple, Powerful. Router Lift Not Required (Really!).

02-12-2013 11:23 AM by MetallurgyNerd | 9 comments »

I bought this router specifically to install in my router table, replacing a crummy Chinese router I bought years ago when I was poor. It installed easily on my 9” round Veritas phenolic base plate and the built-in above-table adjustment is great. Obviously not as precise as a $350 after-market router-lift that lets you precisely adjust bit depth a thou at a time, but perfectly adequate for everything I do, which is primarily furniture-making. I had to remove the router D handles t...

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Trend T4 Router

Trend T4 Router

01-27-2013 08:31 PM by simmothewoodturner | 3 comments »

Its got a brilliant variable speed adjustment and there start/stop switch is easily reached. Although it doesn’t have a soft start, it doesn’t really need it as it doesn’t really jerk when its switched on. One of the complaints people have is there is no fine height adjustment. No there isn’t but you can buy one to screw on for a small extra cost, but this is a budget router. You can’t expect it to have everything.The guide bushes are very easily attached to t...

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