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09-06-2018 07:12 PM

Hey guys, looking for recommendations on a plunge router under $150. I’m hoping to snatch one from CL or marketplace but nothing yet.


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#1 posted 09-06-2018 08:16 PM

Look for an American made PorterCable 690. Mine just keeps on runnin’.

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#2 posted 09-06-2018 08:18 PM

This seems like a decent deal for $100 or whatever you can negotiate> https://orlando.craigslist.org/tls/d/dewalt-2-1-4hp-router-kit-new/6682060067.html

I don’t have this router, but I’ve heard it’s a good one and it sells for ~ $250.00 new.

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#3 posted 09-06-2018 08:21 PM

https://smile.amazon.com/Hitachi-KM12VC-Variable-Plunge-Router/dp/B0002ZZWX8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1536264898&sr=8-1&keywords=hitachi+router+plunge

That’s $159, but oh well, what’s $10? I have this and it’s a good router, both bases, plenty of power, nothing weird. I’ve had some issues with bits sticking. I got a non-Hitachi collet (it’s compatible with some Bosch collet) and that cured the issue.

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#4 posted 09-06-2018 08:38 PM

+1 on the Porter. Usually around $90 around here with both bases. A bonus if you find one with the D-handle base too.

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#5 posted 09-06-2018 08:54 PM

I like the Hitachi at that price point. Quiet, light, well balanced, variable speed, works well, and is about as close to being on budget as a new reputable brand name router is going to get. Refurb or used might stay within budget.

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#6 posted 09-06-2018 09:20 PM

I’m primarily looking for a router for circular tables and edge work. Maybe the plunger can wait?

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#7 posted 09-06-2018 09:53 PM

Try BigSkyTool.com for refurb Hitachis. I got mine there. I had to return the first one but the 2nd is good.

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#8 posted 09-06-2018 10:06 PM

Heck, if you’re just shaping edges, unless it’s really heavy cuts or hard stuff, I’d rather have something easy to hold and maneuver like a trim router. There was a fake Makita everybody in the router forums liked a while back that they were getting at Menards for really cheap. IIRC, it was also a bit stronger than the usual laminate trimmer types. If you went that way, you could put aside a big chunk of the money for a workhorse router next. Small ones will always be handy for something.

Good Luck

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#9 posted 09-07-2018 12:38 AM

I agree about PC 690 being a great router but I think it has one of the worst plunge bases. If that Dewalt is in your area and budget, it seems to be a fair deal.

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#10 posted 09-07-2018 02:14 AM

I have the Dewalt DWP611PK compact router, 1-1/4 hp with a fixed base, plunge base and carry bag. I recently picked it up and have put it to use and am very impressed with it. Plenty of power, easy to handle, has great features and appears to be of great quality. I got mine from Home Depot but see that Rockler has it on sale right now for $159. I have an older Craftsman router but wanted something with a plunge base for sign making and other purposes, thus went with the Dewalt. My Craftsman can now maintain it’s residence in the router table and save the hassle of switching from the table to portable use. It may be $9 over your budget, but it is brand new and a great functioning machine.

https://www.rockler.com/dewalt-dwp611pk-compact-router

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#11 posted 09-07-2018 03:19 AM

What do you guys think of this deal?

https://offerup.co/WBbuDaxv0P

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#12 posted 09-07-2018 04:27 AM

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#13 posted 09-07-2018 04:30 AM

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#14 posted 09-07-2018 04:37 AM


I m primarily looking for a router for circular tables and edge work. Maybe the plunger can wait?

- LeopoldWallace

This one like BattleRidge said. https://www.rockler.com/dewalt-dwp611pk-compact-router

Great little router. I got 5 of them. Remember is only has a 1/4 collect. I use my all the time for edge work. How big of router bit profiles do you need for your circular table work?

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#15 posted 09-07-2018 06:36 AM


What do you guys think of this deal?

https://offerup.co/WBbuDaxv0P

- LeopoldWallace

That Freud router is built like a tank. It has huge capacities for work, however as a handheld tool it might be a bit unwieldy for a person starting out. Kept in the router table, and you’ll want for nothing. Pull it out, and like I said your holding a tank, but a very capable tank. For that money I’d suggest stretching your budget, and also buying a Bosch Colt trim router for your handheld stuff. Nothing at all wrong with the Hitachi, or DeWalley units, it’s just the Colt works for what you want to do as a standard tool, so no need to buy a plunge base. I’ve seen them on sale at Menards with 11% off making them 54 bux + tax. For that much firepower, that is hard to beat. I’ve got a half dozen or so of them, and they work hard for a trimmer.

Just make darn sure you get to run that Freud, when Bosch bought them out, part of the agreement was they quit selling routers in the US, and it seems parts flow also stopped, so if they get broke, they tend to stay broke. So if you run that one, and anything EXCEPT a router sound is present, just walk away. I’ve got 3 of them all used fairly heavily for 7 years, a few years back, and I still count all of them among my living routers.

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