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Forum topic by elkevo posted 02-24-2017 06:22 PM 350 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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elkevo

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02-24-2017 06:22 PM

I had posted a few days ago asking for advice on a router purchase. I haven’t pulled the trigger on it yet because I started looking at miter saws also. I currently have a 7 1/4” Craftsman miter saw. So now the question is do I upgrade my miter saw or get the router? I have very limited space and want to get the most bang for my buck. Thanks!

-- Kevin


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#1 posted 02-24-2017 06:28 PM

Get the router. It adds capability you don’t currently have, and can do things that most tools can’t do. Plus, if you ever get a decent table saw, it’ll have potential for better accuracy than a miter saw.

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#2 posted 02-24-2017 06:35 PM

Router. You have a miter saw. In my opinion, they’re for breaking down stock and not necessarily for making accurate cuts, though they can be tuned a bit to make “mostly accurate” cuts, especially used with a jig/backup fence. But as knotscott said, a sled will do a better job and you don’t have a router which will add tremendously to your repertoire of capabilities.

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#3 posted 02-24-2017 07:13 PM

I third the router. And build a sled.

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#4 posted 02-24-2017 08:58 PM

Router, miter saws are for construction (IMHO).

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#5 posted 02-24-2017 09:22 PM

Thanks, all. That’s what I was needing. I’m glad I posted here instead of making that impulse purchase at HD.

-- Kevin

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#6 posted 02-24-2017 09:42 PM

Now you have to ask the peanut gallery what router to buy ;)


Thanks, all. That s what I was needing. I m glad I posted here instead of making that impulse purchase at HD.

- elkevo


-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#7 posted 02-24-2017 09:54 PM

Lol, already did. Between the Dewalt dwp611pk and Bosch 1617EVSPK the consensus was the Dewalt dw618pk.

-- Kevin

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