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Forum topic by b2rtch posted 02-12-2010 04:43 PM 4025 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-12-2010 04:43 PM

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I have a Milwaukee combo router.
I am very happy with it but sometime it is just too big, to heavy.
I have been thinking about buying a so-called trim router.
I have looking at HF, Rigid, Bosh , Craftsman and other.
I am not hesitating between the Rigid and the Craftsman (I like the two handles base)
Now I am thinking that all this routers are fixed base and that a plunge router would be more versatile but I cannot find any small plunge router.
Does any one know of such a thing?
Say a 1HP plunge router for around $120.00-150.00?
Thank you.

-- Bert

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#1 posted 02-12-2010 04:53 PM


I have the Botsch trim router and love it. I use it more than my other.

Dremel makes an attachment for their tool that turns it into a small plunge router. i don’t know anything about it yet, just been looking at it thinking I want one.

I love my Dremel, does a lot for me, but I don’t know anything about how it is as a small router.

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#2 posted 02-12-2010 05:58 PM

Greetings Bert: I also have a trim router. It’s the DeWalt, and does a good job for what I need it to do. I have 4 other routers, and the smallest one is 1 3/4 horse. They make a 1 1/2 horse, but I’ve never seen or heard of a 1 horse… they may make one…don’t know. I like the trim router for small jobs. The only drawback (to me) is it only takes a 1/4” bit….wish it was 1/2”, but that would defeat the purpose of being small….right? I’d be interested to know if a 1 horse is made…... keep on keeping on…..later.

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#3 posted 02-12-2010 06:21 PM

If you want a small plung router, trend makes one I think there around $120.

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#4 posted 02-12-2010 08:53 PM

I looked at the new Rigid trim router, I really like.
I wish they made a plunger base for ti.

-- Bert

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#5 posted 02-12-2010 09:04 PM

Thank you Jim,
It looks pretty nice: $93 new from 5 sellers

Trend T4EK is a light duty 1.1 HP plunge base router with variable speed for hobbyist and light tradesman use. The kit includes two extra collets for use with metric tooling making the T4EK versatile enough to do some shaping, sharpening and carving tasks. Also included is a standard guide bush and an adapter plate for using screw-on type guide bushes. A dust spout for vacuum hook-up and a side-fence are also provided in the sturdy blow molded storage case. Spindle lock. Hex collet nut allows easy cutter changes. 43mm diameter collar removeable base for carving, die grinding and pillar drill fitment. Tapped fixing holes for Trend standard guide bushes. Separate dust spout fixing holes. Adjustable twin rod side fence for guiding along a straight edge. Trend T4EK Specifications: Rating: Hobbyist /Light Trade Plunge stroke: 0 to35mm Power input: 850watts Power ampage: 3.7amp Standard collet dia. : 1 /4”, 6mm and 8mm Dust spout size: 34mm Guide bush dia. : 16mm No load speeds: 11500 to 32000rpm Cutter dia. « less…

-- Bert

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#6 posted 02-12-2010 09:10 PM

Don’t even know if it is still available, but I have Makita plunger-1/4” chuck. Small, light, and works just fine.


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#7 posted 02-12-2010 09:39 PM

As Dennis said, Dremel makes a plunge router base for its tool; about $30. This Dremel base will also accept a Foredom handpiece that is proprietary to Stewart-McDonald (about $70). S-M also has a fixed base that will accept either Dremel or their Foredom handpiece. It’s a nice precision apparatus for inlay such as on musical instruments.

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