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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 | 12 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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Makita RT0700C Roumer (Router/Trimmer) UPDATE REVIEW

Makita RT0700C Roumer (Router/Trimmer) UPDATE REVIEW

01-11-2013 08:37 PM by Bradley Anderson | 7 comments »

First of all ill like to point anyone who did not read my first opening the box review on this please have a read ( http://lumberjocks.com/reviews/3133 ). So ive now been using this router (and im going to be calling it a router from now on for reason ill touch below),now for 2 weeks but in those two weeks its had a good shake down and run time. Most of the two weeks use was in my full time job as a joiner making door, windows and stairs. So i thought ild put though some different types of...

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Blue Hawk?  May want to just keep on walking unless...

Blue Hawk? May want to just keep on walking unless...

01-02-2013 06:50 PM by Tennessee | 6 comments »

I saw this on sale at my local Lowes with a table for $84, (also available on Lowes.com), and with my military discount it got in at $76. You get this nice looking router, 1.75HP peak, (Rightttt), 1/4” collet, good dust collection port, very smooth plunge, lightweight. It pretty much stops there. The motor is the only one out of my seven router collection that when I hit the start button, my lights dim for a second. Not even my 2.5HP Bosch does that, nor my HF. Cheap motor…...

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Makita RT0700C Roumer (Router/Trimmer)

Makita RT0700C Roumer (Router/Trimmer)

12-26-2012 09:22 AM by Bradley Anderson | 6 comments »

So this is my first power tool review, so I will be doing on my Christmas gift I got which was the Makita RT0700C router (Picture 1). On first looks the router looks to be a cross between a trimmer and fixed base router. The router looks and feels to be very well built with an aluminium base and main body. The top of the motor is plastic with the power lead come out of the side, which makes it easy to turn upside down and change bits over. The motor on this tool is a 710 watt electronic va...

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bosch router 1617evs router

bosch router 1617evs router

11-11-2012 12:35 AM by yrob | 12 comments »

I recently acquired a Bosch router, the variable speed 2 1/4 hp 1617. It is day and night compared to my old Ryobi. First, it comes in a massive blue case with ample room for the router motor, fixed base and plunge base as well as accessories. It comes with the 1/4 and 1/2” collets, a set of wrenches, a manual and a special wrench to adjust the plunge base from above the table. You can adjust the speed from 8000 to 25000 rpm by turning a dial. It is also variable speed and will eas...

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Canadian Tires we luv ya!

Canadian Tires we luv ya!

11-10-2012 05:49 PM by CAMERONGAGNON.com | 3 comments »

We have tested many tools so far and recently decided to start recording our data.. This is the first “documentary” video of us giving this router a Hardwood Pounding! Take the time to at least watch the funeral. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0NWm63oOvAQ

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Festool CMS Router Table, A lot of money, a lot of design issues

Festool CMS Router Table, A lot of money, a lot of design issues

10-29-2012 12:24 AM by Chris Wright | 36 comments »

So, I had the opportunity to play with the new CMS Router table that Festool just brought to America. Now, I’m not a big Festool fan to start with, I agree that there tools are well made and dust collection is top notch, I just feel they are greatly over priced when there are numerous other options available. The CMS I feel is another example. The one we have set up is the stand alone complete set (retail price $1600), in the box is a table with folding legs, the router lift plate, a...

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