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Forum topic by Jean-Marc posted 06-09-2011 02:15 PM 1217 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Jean-Marc

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06-09-2011 02:15 PM

Hi, I live in Belgium and I am looking after fixed base router for free-hand routing, unfortunately in Europe the fixed base router does not exist. Can I modified a plunge router into a fixe base router.
I am llookind after a model where the handles is near the base, in order to be able to route with the forearms on the table.

-- Jean-Marc


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richgreer

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#1 posted 06-09-2011 06:03 PM

If you take a plunge router and lock the plunging mechanism is place you, effectively, have a fixed base router. You could probably make the lock up permanent with epoxy glue or drilling a hole and inserting a bolt, if necessary.

The only difference is weight and balance. Plunge routers tend to be more top heavy and a little heavier in general.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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Bertha

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#2 posted 06-09-2011 06:31 PM

You can just lock down a plunger but like Rich says, they’re big and bulky. The Porter Cable 690 is well respected, reasonably priced, and I would think available almost anywhere. Perhaps you have access to a used plunger?

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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Jean-Marc

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#3 posted 06-09-2011 07:17 PM

I was willing to order a Porter Cable but unfortunately it runs on 110 volts , here in Belgium wehave 220 V

-- Jean-Marc

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Greedo

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#4 posted 06-09-2011 08:28 PM

Hello Jean Marc, i also live in Belgium and Bosch has a fixed base router available here.
the GMF 1400 :

i have it under my router table, it is very well built and powerful though it’s quite expensive (official price €540)

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Jean-Marc

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#5 posted 06-09-2011 08:50 PM

Hi Greedo,
Yes you are right, I took notice of this Bosch GMF 1400, but since I will need 3 in quantity ( it’s quite expensive),I need 3, in order not to change the bits everytime, while doing signs. Also about the power 1400 Watt, about 1 3/4 HP. Doing signs is mainly a freehand routing, some experts in signmaking suggest me a 3/4 or 1 HP, (600 to 900 Watt), since it’s a 100% hand held.

The same router in the US cost 179 $ at Porter Cable and here it’s + – 540 euros CRAZY those Belgium supplier.

-- Jean-Marc

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Greedo

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#6 posted 06-09-2011 10:10 PM

Bosch used to make 500W (green) routers with low handles, occasionally there are some that pop up for sale and they are quite cheap:
POF 52

i don’t know of anything new that could suit your use, maybe regular plunge routers and add hadles yourself on the base.

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Dan Lyke

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#7 posted 06-13-2011 10:59 PM

Most routers have a detachable base plate. You could build your base and handles on a base plate that screws on to the bottom of almost any router. Since you aren’t going to be taking off much stock while working freehand, the reduced routing depth that a ½” or so thick baseplate should be no problem. See, for instance, Pat Warner's offset baseplate.

When I did my curved shelf, the laminated front edge wasn’t aligned terribly well and I built an offset raised baseplate to let me use my router to bring it down to the same level as the plywood shelf. Worked fine.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California, http://www.flutterby.net/User:DanLyke

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Jean-Marc

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#8 posted 06-14-2011 08:33 AM

I came across this router, never heard before, the Draper router Expert 1350Watt 230V
I caan buy it from the UK, it look like a fixe porter cable router. Did someone know this machine, it’s a real alternative for competitive fixed base router in Belgium and France.

http://www.tooltrolley.co.uk/promotions-4101/draper-air-power-4106/draper-mr1350k-45368-draper-expert-1350w-230v-combination-router-kit-28684.html

-- Jean-Marc

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