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Router Table

1266 days ago by Bill St.Pierre | 16 comments »

I purchased a Freud router table and router 2 years ago and liked it so much I bought another one last year so I had 2 when making rails and stiles.I have been having trouble with the stiles because it was as if the lumber was not straight when I would run it so the profile was uneven across the piece. I finally realized that the table top had bowed from the weight of the router so the center of the table was off about an 1/8”. I brought it to the attention of my local Woodcraft store ...

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Triton Router Catches fire.  Helpful Customer Service.

Triton Router Catches fire. Helpful Customer Service.

1284 days ago by Ken90712 | 27 comments »

For those of you that read my safety in the shop post, Thank-you for all the kind thoughts and words! http://lumberjocks.com/topics/23154 I will be replacing my fire Extinguisher today, glad I have them. First let me say, I have Love my Triton router that I bought in March. I was so bummed all weekend when it caught on fire Fri. It took me a while to find a service center on line, as there is only one Authorized Service Center for Triton in the country, in Fair Haven Mich. Of course wit...

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Trend T4 Trim Plunge router

Trend T4 Trim Plunge router

1289 days ago by Routerisstillmyname | 6 comments »

I sold couple of my routers. Mainly the Ridgid trim router is gone and also my Dewalt DW621 which could have been the most perfect light weight router if it wasn’t for ……..Still have my favorite router DW625 and a second favorite Hitachi M12. But they feel heavy these days. Mainly in table use now. and my Stanley trim doesn’t have plunge so, I’ve had my eyes on this lightweight from Trend.well, here’s the Pros:Nice lookingPlunge Lever action lock ( my preference for plunge rou...

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Ergonomics Make this Router Stand out in the Crowd

Ergonomics Make this Router Stand out in the Crowd

1304 days ago by pintodeluxe | 9 comments »

I have read the reviews for all brands of routers that appeared in woodworking magazines or online. I have used Hitachi, Freud, Craftsman, Dewalt, and other routers. I have carefully inspected Porter Cable, Ridgid, and Makita. The fixed base is lower profile than any other 2-1/4 hp router on the market. This low center of gravity helps when forming an edge. The plunge base action is “gorgeous” as described by a fine homebuilding magazine review. The router tied for 1st place with ...

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Solid router but obsolete design

Solid router but obsolete design

1305 days ago by Chelios | 16 comments »

I got this router, guide and dovetail jig because I wanted to make a small chest of drawers and thought this would be the way to go. I have used the router several times after that but I wasn’t really liking the clean up after the job was done. Dust collection is not part of the design. PC relies on an obsolete design and this is the main reason for giving it 2 stars. The positive- The tool looks like it is never going to brake and it certainly runs that way, the base has a nice...

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Makita RP2301FC 3-1/4 HP Plunge Router (Variable Speed)

Makita RP2301FC 3-1/4 HP Plunge Router (Variable Speed)

1314 days ago by lashing | 12 comments »

I just got this router. So I’ll likely update info as I get more familiar. I noticed there are not many reviews for this new model from Makita so we need one on LJ. Amazon offered a really low sale price on this for Black Friday. It was $100 less than the sale price here in Canada. Being 10 minutes from Detroit, I had it shipped there and even got free shipping from Amazon. To my horror, Amazon didn’t pack it. They shipped the router in its own box – unsealed. I guess UPS took ...

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Solid router, good value with lots of nice features

Solid router, good value with lots of nice features

1353 days ago by Vrtigo1 | 8 comments »

Picked one of these guys up secondhand on Craigslist and am glad I did. This is my fourth router coming after a Hitachi M12V, PC 7518 and a cheapo Craftsman. Of these, this is my go-to router. It has enough power to do everything I’ve ever asked of it, and when using it I get the feel that it was well designed and built. It’s not too heavy, which helps a lot if you’re going to be using a router for an extended period of time. It has an extra long cord which has a power ...

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A useful tool for the small shop

A useful tool for the small shop

1405 days ago by grosa | 13 comments »

Inverted pin routers. This machine is amazing. You can use bits from 3/16” diameter all the way through 3/4” diameter. You can use router bits on it and you can cut in three different depth settings. You can change the rpm’s and you can cut a variety of different thicknesses. It is a machine that is all steel with superb welds. You do not need to be a rocket scientist to run it and you can start making money with it the first day. It has a 36” throat capacity and a 1...

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Porter Cable 895PK - First Impressions

Porter Cable 895PK - First Impressions

1457 days ago by Hillsboro | 9 comments »

It was almost like Christmas day this afternoon: my new PC 895PK arrived care of our friends at UPS. I immediately opened the box, then the case, and then the router and plunge base from the plastic bags. Oh my! The router is a delight to look at, almost to the point where you might not want to get it dirty. Notice I said “almost.” The motor housing is very well machined and moves through the fixed base like butter. The base castings are flawless (something missing from t...

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Nice Palm Router

Nice Palm Router

1480 days ago by Bob Kollman | 8 comments »

About a year and a half ago I bought this router for 37.00 scratch and dent at sears. This router is missing some of the features you’d find on the bosch, but for the majority of my work this particular model meets my needs. Mostly I use it for flush and trim cuts, I do lots of cuts on the band saw using templets, leaving enough materialfor this router to trim the remains. This router gets warm fast, but I have run this router for long periods with out burnout. This router is also grea...

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