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Great router, great value

Great router, great value

05-26-2012 02:07 PM by lumberjoe | 24 comments »

As you can probably tell by my reviews, I am not a tool snob. I am an IT engineer with a strong background in mechanical engineering, and am very vigilant about finding the best tool that suits my needs for the best price. Also of note, I have a lot of what most would consider cheap tools. I am not bragging at all, but our household income would likely invoke the “99%” crowd to picket at my doorstep. I feel it is important to mention this because a lot of reviews of “cheap&#...

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Who needs a lift?

Who needs a lift?

02-09-2008 11:16 PM by CharlieM1958 | 23 comments »

After starting a forum topic recently to solicit opinions about what type of variable-speed router I should buy to leave mounted in my table for the most part, I eventually decided to go with the Trtion MOF001KC 2 1/4 HP plunge router. I thought hard about going with a more powerful motor, but I decided that my needs at the present time just didn’t justify it. If I decide I need something bigger later on, I figured the 2 1/4 would still be a dandy machine to have around for handheld wo...

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Cannot tighten bits in Triton Router

Cannot tighten bits in Triton Router

03-04-2011 07:51 PM by Paul | 23 comments »

When using the 1/4 inch collet adapter I just cannot tighten the bit securely. I know enough to leave it not quite bottomed out in the chuck and I know that if I tighten it any more it will shear the router away from the mounting plate. The 1/2 inch bits seem to be much more secure. I think the way it is it is a dangerous situation because the bit will ‘climb’ out from the collet.I E Mailed the Triton people over a week ago and have gotten no response (yet).Has anyone els...

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Just not the same anymore.

Just not the same anymore.

03-31-2008 08:06 AM by hobbylogger | 22 comments »

I have been using the porter cable 690 for over 20 yrs. About 4 yrs ago I was at a Home depot, and they had them for $99.00. I thought, what a deal, so I bought two. “Well”, I got them home and packed them away to use as backups because my old ones still ran great, but eventually I did need them, and the first thing I noticed was the poor fit and finish. The threads on the collar were rough and did not feel the way they used to, and after about six or seven months of normal use, t...

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Not bad, Not Great

Not bad, Not Great

01-29-2008 03:19 AM by roundabout22 | 21 comments »

For a few years I made do with a ryobi plunge router. In fact it’s still going strong, but the time came for an upgrade. I knew I wanted a kit, that way I could put the fixed base under the router table and just switch the motor over. The plan was to make some rail and stile doors so I figured on at least a 2hp router. In doing the research it seemed like this router and the dewalt were fairly close. I wasn’t planing on doing much template routing and actually liked the feel...

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Triton MOF001KC 2-1/4 HP Plunge Router

Triton MOF001KC 2-1/4 HP Plunge Router

06-30-2011 04:48 PM by woodmaker | 21 comments »

I am so impressed with this router.I was looking for a permanent under the table router, but I didn’t want to pay $200 + for the router and another $300 + for a router lift. The Triton includes the crank handle. just drill the hole for it, insert crank and raise and lower. I also like the fact that the collet is automatically locked at full height making bit changes really easy. The only thing I wish for (and from any router co.) is that they include a template to help affix to the rout...

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Bosch 1617EVSPK: a fine museum piece

Bosch 1617EVSPK: a fine museum piece

06-13-2012 10:12 AM by foleyinmaine | 20 comments »

I purchased this router set about 2 months ago and it has performed as I expect any tool with Bosch’s name on it to perform: perfectly. What I didn’t expect, is just how beautifully finished this router is. This tool belongs in art museums to represent the epitome of modern industrial design. Everything about this router, including the case it comes in, suggests that the people who designed and built it cared about it, and that makes you care about it and the work you do with it. ...

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Piece of junk

Piece of junk

10-08-2011 08:37 PM by twoblacklabs | 20 comments »

Not much of a review. Not knowing better, we purchased this years ago and I have used it every since. However, it wasn’t until today that I realized what a piece of crap it really is. I came to this conclusion after using it side by side with a Hitachi M12vc. How did I happen to use them side by side? The piece of crap died while I was using it so I opened the M12VC which I purchased last Christmas. I had never used it. Frankly, I had not used ANY router since last year. Whatever ...

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Bosch 1617EVS 2.25 HP Variable Speed Router

Bosch 1617EVS 2.25 HP Variable Speed Router

07-18-2008 03:06 PM by Timber4fun | 19 comments »

Introduction – After 20+ years of woodworking, I have discovered a couple important facts about routers – safety is very important and it is convenient to have more than one router. I have had the opportunity to use a number of branded routers, with my favorite two being Porter-Cable and Bosch. This review discusses the Bosch 1617EVS 2.25 HP Variable Speed Router. My priorities included safety, accurate/efficient cuts, performance, quality components, functionality, size, and price. I am ...

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Bosch Colt Router

Bosch Colt Router

03-06-2009 06:59 PM by wing79 | 19 comments »

I have this same router and I have been very impressed by the power and overall performance of the router. Maybe yours was an isolated case, or maybe mine? Either way I am sorry you have had problems, I would definitely return it. One other thing that made this router pretty sweet was the mini router table I made for it which is awesome for router small pieces and small rabbets. wing79

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