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Great Deal

Great Deal

2223 days ago by DannyBoy | 6 comments »

After being overly frustrated with the Craftsman router that I started out with (which still makes a good router for my router table), I finally broke down and bought this one this last weekend. I intended on picking up the Bosch combo at Lowes, but this one was on sale and I’m price minded to a fault. However, I can’t see how I could have made a better decision. The router is solid. 100%. I’ve not had the luxury of working with a mid-grade router like this before, bu...

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Bigger isn't always better.

Bigger isn't always better.

2252 days ago by Loren | 3 comments »

I have 8 routers and this one is my favorite. I will confess that several of my routers are older orhave limited features and I’ll just leave them set up withthe same bit for a long time. Having a lot of routerslets you do that. An old Craftsman from a garagesale never got used for anything but trimming edge-banding. This Festool router is lightweight and it is easy to usewith one hand. It has variable speed, excellent dust collection and smooth plunging action. The plungedept...

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A Router Designed for the Table

A Router Designed for the Table

2266 days ago by mikebremner | 7 comments »

I recently decided that I needed a new router as my old DeWalt was looking a bit long in the tooth. A quick trip to my local store to check their price on a new DeWalt and I found this Triton with 75% off. As soon as I seen the price the decision was made for me. Triton sell two models of router – the smaller 2-1/4HP model and this one – the bigger 3-1/4HP. The first thing I noticed when I got it home was the weight as I lifted it out of the box – this is one heavy beast ...

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Craftsman Professional Palm Router

Craftsman Professional Palm Router

2286 days ago by runngt | 16 comments »

I had been searching for a new lighter router for easy handling and finer work. The Craftsman Professional palm router was my second pick over the Bosch, but after having the Bosch for an hour I packed it back up and returned it (I will save that for another review) and picked up the Craftsman. First thought out of the box was it felt good in my hand, comfort was great. The tool was solid but not too heavy. This was my first “soft start” router and although I have read some guy...

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Just not the same anymore.

Just not the same anymore.

2314 days ago 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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A Router for Inlays

A Router for Inlays

2344 days ago by Karson | 14 comments »

When i was asked to make the frame for mark’s Memorial I wanted to do an inlay. I’d seen a couple of small routers on the web and I’d seen what mark DeCou does for cutting the outlines on his letter carving. This router came from Steward-MacDonald. They make tools for the construction and repair of string instruments. This is their router being used for an inlay in a guitar. I bought the router as a kit which contains an air pump and an edge guide. The edge guide i...

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Nice router with excellent depth adjustment.

Nice router with excellent depth adjustment.

2344 days ago by kshipp | 8 comments »

This is a really nice router. It has an all metal case which is a rarity among tools now and it just feels sturdy without being heavy. There are two removable shields for dust and chips and you can also put one in that has a 1” dust port. I just run this with the ShopVac hooked up to that dust port and almost none escapes because it’s completely sealed. It comes with both 1/4” and 1/2” collets so it’s nice for a variety of router bits. The base has 3 LED li...

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Who needs a lift?

Who needs a lift?

2364 days ago 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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Great Router and a steal for the price

Great Router and a steal for the price

2373 days ago by teenagewoodworker | 18 comments »

this router is amazing! it is my first router and i am thoroughly pleased. i purchased this router combo kit for 200 dollars at Lowe’s. most of the other combo kits that i saw anywhere else for around 200 dollars were only 1 1/4 hp but this has a great 2 1/4 hp and it cuts through any woods that at thrown at it with ease. it proved to be an especially helpful tool when recently i used a straight edge guide with this router to joint an 8 ft piece of mahogany so i could reference of of th...

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Not bad, Not Great

Not bad, Not Great

2376 days ago 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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