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gfadvm

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994 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: router

I,ve been looking at a Freud router and Freud router table on CL for 6 weeks (priced at $250). They both look unused or very low mileage and I can’t believe he hasn’t sold them yet. I don,t really NEED them but this looks too good to pass up. Any thoughts appreciated. Sorry, I don’t see a model # in the ad but it looks like a big plunge router.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm


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Minorhero

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#1 posted 994 days ago

Depends on which table. Is this the little mini portable one with the folding legs?

Brand new the portable table is about 200 dollars.

If you don’t need it then its not a good buy. If you do need it, it might be an ok buy but it certainly doesn’t sound like anything to write home about. Essentially you are getting a used router for 50 dollars which is alright but if you don’t need it, it doesn’t grab me as a must buy.

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gfadvm

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#2 posted 994 days ago

No, it doesn’t look like a tiny one and I don’t see folding legs. I’ll see if I can find them on Freud’s site and get more info before I go look at them tomorrow.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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rance

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#3 posted 994 days ago

I got my Freud router with combo fixed/plunge base(and a table insert) for a little over $100 on sale. I waited a long time for the sale though. I’d say the CL one might be ok, but not great. There are very few router tables out there that I like. I tend to build my own. I REALLY like the ” Stow-and-Go Router Table ” one I found online (designed by Roland Johnson of FWW). I have mine all built except for the router insert plate.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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knotscott

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#4 posted 993 days ago

If it’s an FT3000 then it’s a good price, but if it’s the older FT2000 or FT2200, or the smaller FT1700 not such a good deal IMO, though they’re all good routers. The FT2000 or FT2200 were pretty bare bones plunge routers with no above table features, plus they had a small throat opening….workhorses though. The FT1700 and FT3000 are loaded with top side features. Find out the model #, and/or make a reasonable offer if it’s something you want.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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popmandude

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#5 posted 993 days ago

+1 what knotscott said about the ft2000. No frills, but a real workhorse. I can use mine a long time an the motor not get more than a little warm. It will spin a 3” panel raising bit without breaking a sweat.

Randy

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grizzman

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#6 posted 993 days ago

well, awhile back i came across a really good router deal, it was a 3.5 hp porter cable, a porter cable trim router and a small cheap router table with a cheaper router in it, some very big amana router bits for the big router, and i got it for 130 bucks, now i didnt really need it either, but tool frenzy over came me..i also bought some walnut and cedar from him , very cheap…....but if i were to give wise council , i would say save your money for something you might need…....but, if you think that you might need this down the road….getting good deals are just that …so take your pick….i do like having extra tools for when the trusted one quits…ive got my back up…funny thing is andy, the big router weighs so much i can hardly move it around…lol…you know how that goes…older we get…the weaker…im not as old as you are, but it is what it is…....i really should build a router station and put that monster in there…...yea i really should…good luck on what ever you do…....grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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rance

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#7 posted 993 days ago

Andy, here’s how I feel about bigger purchases whether tools, wood, or underwear. Well, maybe not underwear…

Always be on the lookout for something you are likely to need in the future. When you come across a very good deal(whether used or new), buy it. If you wait till you absolutely have to have it yesterday, you’ll pay a premium for it, maybe even more with shipping.

Does that CL find come with a good fence? Got any pictures?

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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chrisstef

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#8 posted 993 days ago

Ive got the Freud FT3000 router and table set up, i think i paid around $350 for it on sale from WC. Its a great table and a more than powerful router. If its the same one the table should have microadjustments on the fence which are awesome. Id scoop it up.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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gfadvm

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#9 posted 993 days ago

This may be a moot point as the phone # in the ad was a wrong number! I have no way to contact him. I did figure out that the router is an older, discontinued model which cooled my ardor considerably. Grizz, Yea I know all about that “tool frenzy”. Great term for insanity when it comes to tools! Rance, The fence is what drew my attention. There are pics in the ad but I don’t know how to post those blue link things. Bentlyj always used to do that for me. You can look on Tulsa CL under tools and search router table. Sorry.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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Jerry

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#10 posted 993 days ago

I feel it is high. And I have a preference for shapers. I see small delta, jet and craftman shapers that have 1 or 1.5 hp induction motors on CL for 200 or less. Just yesterday I found a grizzly g1024 for 200.00 that would have been a decent deal.

I personally have not used or had a router in our shop for about 3 years. This being said, I just bought our first unisaw. I have a 3.5 hp milwaukee with above table features and it is so under utilized. I plan to purchase a cast iron router wing and place that beast in the unisaw. I dont really have a vision for it’s use at this time though.

-- Jerry Nettrour, San Antonio, www.topqualitycabinets.net

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billy142

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#11 posted 990 days ago

Hi friend,Buy the router and send it to me if you dont need it billy142

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billy142

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#12 posted 990 days ago

Does anyone have a plan on how to make a slot mortiser they would be willing to share a cope with me thank you
billy142

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