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Forum topic by Douglas Bordner posted 06-05-2010 06:35 PM 2084 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-05-2010 06:35 PM

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Woodcraft is offering Trend’s new mini one-horse plunge router for 99 bucks for a short time. I’m curious if anyone here has given one a spin…

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#1 posted 06-05-2010 06:40 PM

Hi Doug
I’ve had one for a couple years every now and then woodcraft comes out with a sale on them. since I have a number of routers I’ve only used it a few times but the plunge action seems pretty stiff to me . It might just be my particular router.

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#2 posted 06-05-2010 06:56 PM

Hey Doug, was wondering the same thing…......... I’m following this one to see what feedback you get.

I was thinking that this might be a good router for inlay??

If your out there Autumn and see this post, what do you think? compared to the setup you use with the dremmel?

Thanks for bringing this up Doug…..

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#3 posted 06-05-2010 07:01 PM

maj eagle 1…i bought the same tool that autumn has from stewart mcdonald…i really like it…its very nice for doing inlay…..its a well made tool…..and you dont have all the router in the way…just my 2 cents…this new one thats on sale..i always figure you get what you pay for…jim already says the action is stiff…i tend to doubt that your going to get a whole lot for 99 bucks…but just my 2 cents again….i look forward to seeing what feed back says…grizzman

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#4 posted 06-05-2010 07:05 PM

oh just a side note…i think autumn does pretty good with some of these tools that are in the shadow’s…there not real visible, but they are a specialty tool for making guitars..doing inlay…grizzman

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#5 posted 06-05-2010 08:01 PM

If it’s any relation to this one I would not spend the money or the time.
The router wobbles on the posts making accuracy impossible for freehanding.
I can use it for laminate trimming with a guide bearing but that’s all.
I’m not saying they are the same but it makes me suspicious.

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#6 posted 06-05-2010 08:27 PM

Thanks Grizz…........ that’s what I was thinking as well but wanted some extra feedback on confirmation.

Bob 2 – sure looks similar to the one woodcraft has, just a different color. With your concern, A1Jim’s concerns and Grizz’s comment ” Not going to get a whole lot for $99” ( which is true ), I’m having second thoughts….

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#7 posted 06-05-2010 09:24 PM

Maj: I’d sure want to test it out before I had to live with it in the shop.
It may be and improved version of mine ( about a year old)

As I remember I only paid about $40.00 for it so it’s no big loss.
Just proves how stupid I am sometimes. <g>

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#8 posted 06-08-2010 02:37 PM

I have the Stew-Mac. Think I’ll hold off for now. Thanks Bob, Gene, Grizz and Jim. Anyone else want to weight in?

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#9 posted 06-08-2010 02:52 PM

Doug I saw this accessoriy that could make a big difference to your accuracy.
It only fits certain models and brands of router so I thought you may want to have a look at it before you make a choice of new router.
Us older guys need all the help we can get. :-)
http://www.mlcswoodworking.com/shopsite_sc/store/html/smarthtml/pages/OnPoint_Router_Plate.html

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#10 posted 06-09-2010 12:56 AM

Hey I resemble that remark! Thanks Bob.

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#11 posted 06-09-2010 01:09 AM

Don’t worry Doug , at least you still have your hair. ;-)

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#12 posted 06-09-2010 01:58 AM

Hey Doug, did you just get the Stu Mc? How do you like using it for inlay with the Dremel?

Went down to Woodcraft today to check out the Trend…............ thought it was a bit big and bulky for what I was looking for. The plunge was a little sticky as well…....
I currently have a Dewalt plunge that I am using but I think it is also a bit bulky and heavy for inlay…...
any thoughts?

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#13 posted 06-13-2010 08:35 AM

The Trend is, well, a hundred dollar router (die grinder). That said, I bought one and don’t regret it. However, that is based on limited experience.

The Trend router has enough is comfortable enough and functional enough that I don’t mind reaching for it for many situations. The plunge mechanism seems adequate for most uses (it beats having to align the running bit with an area and easing the router down). However, I haven’t used it in a situation requiring dead on accuracy, so I cannot comment either positively or negatively with regard to such.

For its small size, I have no complaints. In fact, its small size makes it useful where a laminate trimmer is a bit too small, but a full size router is over kill. I ran some dados in 3/4” ply the other day and was happy with its performance.

Lacking imagination, in spite of my claims elsewhere, I bought a Trend router because you can’t have too many routers. Too, it was touted as a variable speed die grinder. I already had a die grinder, but it wasn’t variable speed, but which is a must for some die grinder operations. Thinking things over a bit more, anything that can hold a 1/4” shank could qualify as a die grinder. Still. I test drove it for that function and think it an improvement over my actual die grinder because it is variable. Its slim, tall profile makes it comfortable to use for situations requiring a die grinder.

Oh, and shipping was reasonable (inside joke)

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