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trixiebelle

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10-10-2016 12:59 PM

Topic tags/keywords: router

I would like to surprise my husband with a router table and router. My husband is just starting to get into wood working. I’m looking for a good starter table and all purpose router, but I’m really not sure which router is a good all purpose one.

I’ve read reviews and people recommend the below Bosh Table.

http://www.sears.com/bosch-ra1181-benchtop-router-table/p-SPM5961591807?plpSellerId=CPO%20Outlets&prdNo=6&blockNo=6&blockType=G6

Craftsmen sells a router and router table combo, but it gets mixed reviews.

https://www.amazon.com/Craftsman-Router-Table-Combo/dp/B00HJJ4QEQ/ref=zg_bs_tab_pd_mw_3

I would appreciate any help. Thank you.


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#1 posted 10-10-2016 02:38 PM

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#2 posted 10-10-2016 03:08 PM

This is the router I recommend, the Dewalt 618 combo kit. It will do anything. I have had a dozen routers, and by far this is the best.

As far as a table, go to Benchdog.com and look at their laminate tops. He can build a base for it.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#3 posted 10-10-2016 03:30 PM

Agree with Pinto on the Dewalt. Tough call for the table though, I started with a bench top and found it to be very “tippy” with long stock and dangerous at times. Rockler has some good tops and packages as well as the Benchdog too. Much of the decision part of the table is going to be what is currently owned and how much time will be spent? I’ve got my router table built into a wing of my saw because I’m in a garage and it’s an efficient use of space. Maybe consider the router first & then the table??? Oh, and pinto is also right about having more than 1 router,,, LOL tools seem to multiply.

-- I've decided 1 mistake is really 2 opportunities to learn.. learn how to fix it... and learn how to not repeat it

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#4 posted 10-11-2016 02:38 AM


I would like to surprise my husband with a router table and router. My husband is just starting to get into wood working. I m looking for a good starter table and all purpose router, but I m really not sure which router is a good all purpose one.
I ve read reviews and people recommend the below Bosh Table.
http://www.sears.com/bosch-ra1181-benchtop-router-table/p-SPM5961591807?plpSellerId=CPO%20Outlets&prdNo=6&blockNo=6&blockType=G6
Craftsmen sells a router and router table combo, but it gets mixed reviews.
https://www.amazon.com/Craftsman-Router-Table-Combo/dp/B00HJJ4QEQ/ref=zg_bs_tab_pd_mw_3
I would appreciate any help. Thank you.
- trixiebelle

Hi, there is a big price difference between the Craftsman combo and the Bosch table + a router.

I like these routers http://www.homedepot.com/p/Milwaukee-2-1-4-Max-HP-Router-Kit-with-Case-5616-21/203407538
For a bench top table I would go this route http://www.homedepot.com/p/Kreg-Precision-Bench-Top-Router-Table-PRS2100/204615904

What is your budget?
Don’t worry, no matter how high you go I can spend it all ;-))

You mentioned your husband is a beginner woodworker, do you know what other power tools he has now?
Brands/model numbers would give me an idea of where the tools he has been choosing for himself falls in the tool food chain.

-- Regards, Charlie

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#5 posted 10-11-2016 02:49 AM

I got the Sears combo 2 years ago for $79 on Black Friday. I’ve seen it go that low on a couple other sales since then. It’s on sale at sears.com for $99 currently.

It’s flimsy plastic, particleboard, and a pain to adjust or remove the fence. OTOH, it was only $79 and does function mostly as intended.

I also have a Dewalt 611 combo for non-table router use and it is awesome. It also has 5-star rating on Amazon.

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Chashint

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#6 posted 10-11-2016 02:53 AM

The Dewalt router is a very nice tool too.

-- Regards, Charlie

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#7 posted 10-11-2016 04:57 AM

Avoid any router table with grooves in it. Wood chips get caught and bind while feeding. Not good.

Sears has been selling a variant of that router kit for 20+ years for the same $$$/

M

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trixiebelle

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#8 posted 10-11-2016 05:01 AM

Thank you for all the replies. From the responses I’m thinking maybe I should buy just the router and suggest he makes his own table.

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Chashint

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#9 posted 10-11-2016 11:02 AM

A nice router is an awesome gift.
Soft start and electronic speed control are very nice features.
A router that comes with a fixed base and a plunge base is also very handy.
Its not necessary, but getting a router that includes a 1/4” and a 1/2” collet is also a very nice feature.
Shop around for the best price.
It really varies by product, but Home Depot mail order is certainly worth looking at.

-- Regards, Charlie

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#10 posted 10-11-2016 12:04 PM


This is the router I recommend, the Dewalt 618 combo kit. It will do anything. I have had a dozen routers, and by far this is the best.

As far as a table, go to Benchdog.com and look at their laminate tops. He can build a base for it.

- pintodeluxe

I have this kit too. Great router. However, the kit I got had the “D” handle included. I wanted that because I would be mounting the fixed base underneath the table. Keep that in mind!

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#11 posted 10-12-2016 07:38 PM

Yeah, agree with Scott, the d handle kit is a nice 1 and done kit, only thing to add later would be a 611 for small work, Amazon shows it for $270 and I think you’re right to let him build the table,

-- I've decided 1 mistake is really 2 opportunities to learn.. learn how to fix it... and learn how to not repeat it

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#12 posted 10-14-2016 12:04 PM



Thank you for all the replies. From the responses I m thinking maybe I should buy just the router and suggest he makes his own table.

- trixiebelle


I think that’d the best way to do it. I bought the Bosch kit and love it. I built my own table to mount on my table saw extension and it works great.

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