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Forum topic by bues0022 posted 04-12-2011 09:43 PM 1525 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-12-2011 09:43 PM

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I have a 1 3/4 hp Milwaukee Plunge router. I need a few bushings for the project I’m working on (actually, I think just one right now because of a work-around). I was looking online, and some come with an extra base plate, some kits don’t. So, a few questions: First, will nearly any bushing work with my current base? I haven’t measured the base plate hole opening as I’m at work, but it seems about the size most kits are talking about. Also, I’d like to get something that is quality, but not break the bank. I’m a hobbiest, and won’t use them often, but I hate buying crappy tools. I saw some kits at Rockler, and individual ones at Woodcraft, any thoughts?

-- Ryan -- Bristow, VA

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#1 posted 04-12-2011 11:46 PM

The MW base accepts the standard “PC style” bushings. Any of the brass sets from the places you mentioned should work fine.

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#2 posted 04-13-2011 12:06 AM

And if the kind you want won’t fit, make a baseplate that will take them . . . laminated tempered hardboard or lexan (if you want to see throught the baseplate) make great replacement plates.


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#3 posted 04-13-2011 12:25 AM

If you have a Harbor Freight nearby try these, I have them and they have workeed fine for me.

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#4 posted 04-13-2011 03:56 PM

a few months ago I purchased the MILESCRAFT TurnLock Router Baseplate Kit With Metal-Nose Bushings Model #1211. It works quite well with my Ryobi plunge router. I paid 24.99 for it at woodcraft. There is a cheaper version with plastic bushings but I was a little apprehensive as to the durability of them holding up.

MILESCRAFT TurnLock Router Baseplate Kit With Metal-Nose Bushings Model #1211 at Woodcraft


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#5 posted 04-13-2011 05:00 PM

I boutght a new base plate for my Sears router from ACE Hardware. I think it was $15 and it came with another bushing set. Most plates are standard. 3 screws attach the plate to the router then the bushings either fit into a recess and use a nut or fit into a recess and use 3 screws. I think all of mine use 3 screws to attach the bushing. I bought my son-in-law a router for a gift. I didn’t pay enough attention and got one with an odd ball base plate. After having a problem I read about them on the internet and see that I made a serious mistake by not doing my homework. I have a 40 year old Sears router and love it. Lots of power. His router…...well I just don’t care for it.

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