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Forum topic by Beginningwoodworker posted 10-10-2009 06:33 PM 2338 views 1 time favorited 48 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-10-2009 06:33 PM

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I am wondering its a good idea to own a second router? my shop teacher says I only need one? I have Hitachi M12VC 2-1/4-Horsepower Variable Speed Router looking at put it in a router table and get a Milwaukee 5615-24 1.75-Horsepower Multi-Base Router Kit Includes Plunge Base and BodyGrip Fixed Base for handheld use. I wont to be to cut mortises with a plunge router but I have a mortising kit for my drill press for to cut mortising but I havent use it much. I dont wont to own to many tools :)

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#1 posted 10-10-2009 06:55 PM

Hey Charles
Different routers do different task . Sure you can make one router work but if you have more than one it makes it far easier. I would usually suggest if you budget allows to have one “D” handle, one plunge ,one 1 3/4 hp or more Hp for a router table and one trim router.

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#2 posted 10-10-2009 07:04 PM

I was going to use my Hitachi M12VC 2-1/4-Horsepower Variable Speed Router in a router table.

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#3 posted 10-10-2009 07:29 PM

Of course Jim would tell you to get another router. I’m surprised he didn’t tell you to get 30 routers! LOL
I do agree with him though. You can never have too many tools.
Hi Jim


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#4 posted 10-10-2009 07:29 PM

I now have 5 routers, laminates, full sized, plunge and installed in a table. WoodWorkers Rule, You can nerver have too many tools.

during any given project I will set my choice of router with my choice of bit. No more changing bits or depth or speed.

Basically buy as many as you would like to have.

Create it With Passion!!!

-- Ronald Coone, Florida,

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#5 posted 10-10-2009 07:56 PM

Wow, not sure about 5 routers :) but I was in your position last year and I find having 2 is great. I don’t have to mess with the setup of my router table each time I want to do bigger pieces by hand.

Good luck – have fun shopping.

-- JimGuy, StAlbert

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#6 posted 10-10-2009 08:02 PM

Hey Kent
I guess I’m never going to live down having a large number of routers. Oh well :-))

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#7 posted 10-10-2009 08:37 PM

“I dont wont to own to many tools :)”
Hey Charles… are in danger of being asked to leave Lumberjocks!!!!!! Too many tools!!!! Impossible!!!
I too am looking into getting another router. I have a Porter Cable “D” handle. I bought another base to install it in my router table but don’t have a plunge router. Recently on this list there was a discussion about the Bosch Combo router. Thinking about it.

-- Don, Pittsburgh

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#8 posted 10-10-2009 08:45 PM

I can buy a Hitachi plunge base for my router but it cost a 129 bucks!

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#9 posted 10-10-2009 09:27 PM

JIM I only have 13 routers but I want to buy 2 more.. one for the new Incra router table set up I have just ordered.. and one for the Leigh FMT… I move the router from the leigh to the Torque Workcentre..
Charles go for it both are a good deal..

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#10 posted 10-10-2009 09:57 PM

I only have 2. 1 in a cast iron extension on my table saw, and a plunge. I someday will get a small trim, or maybe a dremel router.

-- My reality check bounced...

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#11 posted 10-10-2009 10:00 PM

Having 2 routers is a little more than mere convenience. One can be dedicated to a router table; the other to hand held functions. Often times, when making a project, it is very time consuming to have to tear down the router table setup to make a hand held cut. If you need to go back and remake the same table cut, resetting the exact cut can be a real pain.


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#12 posted 10-10-2009 11:03 PM

I have 4. One for my router table, a plunge router, fixed based router, and palm router. I put them all to use. It is nice to have more than one when doing a larger project. Sometimes I wish I had m,ore…LOL.

-- Randy, Allen Texas

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#13 posted 10-10-2009 11:17 PM

Beginningwoodworker, you can find the plungs base for the Hitachi router on ebay. I bought the set which includes both bases for $75 and that included shipping. I am now the proud owner of 6 routers…and my garage isn’t even done yet!!!

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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#14 posted 10-10-2009 11:36 PM

I have 7 routers and use them all.

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#15 posted 10-10-2009 11:44 PM

Tools for a woodworker is like candy for a kid!
You always want more tols as soon as you see something new you want it.

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