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Hitachi M12V Falls Short

Hitachi M12V Falls Short

02-23-2011 09:56 AM by pintodeluxe | 17 comments »

I was excited to add this router to my collection because of its 15 amp power rating. However, several factors led me to use other machines. Ergonomics: The machine is heavy and clunky, with no particular thought to ergonomics. A router is one tool in particular that needs to feel good in your hands. The plunge action is fair. The plastic handles are hollow, and feel like they may break off at any moment. They actually creak as you pick this tool up. The height adjustment knob is a ch...

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The DeWalt DWP611PK 1.25 HP Max Torque Variable Speed Compact Router

The DeWalt DWP611PK 1.25 HP Max Torque Variable Speed Compact Router

02-07-2011 05:03 AM by plantek | 7 comments »

Well by now I’m sure you’ve many things about this router. Probably more good than bad. I can say without reservation all the good things are true.I bought it about a week ago (mail order) but have been sick and haven’t had a chance to use it until this weekend.The project I cut it’s teeth on is a white oak sofa table. So far I have only done round overs, slot cutting and running a trim bit. It has performed flawlessly! The variable speed is easily adjusted on the fly....

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Triton 2 1/4hp plunger router

Triton 2 1/4hp plunger router

02-04-2011 01:42 AM by SchotterWoodworking | 6 comments »

WOW! This was my Christmas present this year and I have been impressed every time I use this router. The construction of the tool is outstanding to say the least. The brushes are easy to access, the plunge is smooth and easy to control, the rack-and-pinion plunge is very groovy, even the depth turret is user friendly and easy to adjust. The depth stop itself is idiot-resistant and hasn’t slipped on me yet (unlike the Freud model). I didn’t know if I would like the one-wrench colle...

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Good router, okay table

Good router, okay table

01-24-2011 06:18 PM by RandyMorter | 9 comments »

I got the Bosch 1617EVSPK 2.25 HP Router Kit with the fixed and plunge bases as an upgrade to my Ryobi router. I was looking for more power and also for a router I could mount in a table (I never could get the Ryobi in a table for some reason, and I even tried a Ryobi table).I got the router from Lowe’s on 11/15/2010 for $189.00 in Phoenix, AZ. Home Depot had the same unit for $209.Those are only the two routers I’ve ever used and I like the Bosch much better. I chose it over othe...

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Router Table

Router Table

01-21-2011 03:06 AM 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.

01-03-2011 07:22 PM by Ken90712 | 28 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

12-29-2010 08:16 AM 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

12-14-2010 08:50 PM 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

12-13-2010 03:50 AM 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)

12-04-2010 05:07 AM 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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