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06-16-2018 07:34 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question router

I’m in the market for a router with a 1/2” collet to use the Freud dovetail bits that came with the jig I just acquired.

Any recommendations? It’s going to live upside down most of the time, so I’d like it to be convenient to change bits. And it has to accept standard template bushing things, whatever they’re called.

Whether it’s a plunge or fixed router doesn’t really matter, for one because I have one of each already – although I’ll probably put one or both on Craigslist after this. And I prefer used, since there are so many people getting rid of perfectly good tools for very little all the time (as I will).

The main thing is that I don’t want to spend a lot of money on this. My B&D plunge router is between a toy and a pro model, and it works fine, and the other one – also B&D – also does the job. I’d be perfectly happy with them if I could retrofit either with a 1/2” collet.

TIA


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#1 posted 06-16-2018 07:41 PM

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#2 posted 06-16-2018 07:44 PM

Thanks, but for one that has 1/4” and 3/8” collets, not 1/2”.

And to be honest, while HF is great for, say, furniture blankets, I’d be afraid to buy a power tool from them.

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#3 posted 06-16-2018 08:04 PM

If you can find used in your price range, then any of the major brands are good. Since you’re doing dovetails, I’d recommend a variable speed one. For new and cheap, Ryobi comes to mind.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#4 posted 06-16-2018 08:18 PM

IF there is a Sears still open in your area, AND selling Craftsman tools…...they have a decent one that will do both 1/4” and 1/2” bits. Have had mine since they first came out..

Mine came as a “kit” with both a fixed and a plunge base. Variable speed. Used it for a while with the guide bushing for the #4210 Dovetail jig.

You might be able to get one with just the fixed base….

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#5 posted 06-16-2018 08:41 PM

Try Porter or Bosch. The Porter usually comes with 1/4” and 1/2” collets. The Bosch 1/2” collet is $9.

Both are readily available on Craigslist or Offerup.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#6 posted 06-16-2018 08:52 PM

Very happy with my Rigid.

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#7 posted 06-17-2018 02:00 AM

Thanks for the replies, everyone.

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#8 posted 06-17-2018 02:10 AM

I have a Makita, and a Hitachi, both acceptable machines that work well and accept both collets. As for getting rid of the both of the other ones, I would hold back at least one. Because I promise the moment you get rid of both Father Murphy will pay you a visit. He takes great joy in showing up at the worst of times.

LOL

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#9 posted 06-17-2018 02:53 AM

Ryobi. It’s built by champions. Works great with alder.

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#10 posted 06-17-2018 03:32 AM



Ryobi. It’s built by champions. Works great with alder.

- TheFridge

LOL

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#11 posted 06-17-2018 04:37 AM

Most of the Ryobi routers I have seen have only 1/4” collet. And I’m surprised you said the HF only takes 1/4” and 3/” bits. Mine has a 1/2” collet. In fact, bits with 3/8” shank are very rare. I do have a 3/8” collet for my PC, but I use it for high speed end mills with a 3/8” shank (works pretty well for cutting 1/8” aluminum with a template and guide bushing).

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#12 posted 06-17-2018 04:38 AM

woodbutcherbynight, yeah I know about Father Murphy. It’s probably not worth getting rid of either router anyway, because they’re worth more than you can get.

TheFridge, my Ryobi sliding compound miter saw is great, and it wasn’t expensive. I did try a bandsaw of theirs that’s ridiculously underpowered – unless it was broken? – but not everything they make is a turd!

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#13 posted 06-17-2018 04:41 AM

runswith:

https://www.harborfreight.com/power-tools/routers/2-hp-fixed-base-router-68341.html

(Scroll down the specs – it says “Accessories Included 1/4 in. and 3/8 in. collet chucks, carbon brushes, straight trimmer guide, 1/2 in. straight router bit, two wrenches”)

I sure like the price though!

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#14 posted 06-17-2018 04:45 AM

Actually this one does have a 1/2” collet:

https://www.harborfreight.com/2-1-2-half-hp-plunge-router-37793.html

But I dunno. Power tools from Harbor Freight…

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#15 posted 06-17-2018 04:47 AM

good, fast – Bosch 1617EVS kit
cheap – refurb Bosch fixed base

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