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Forum topic by Iggles88 posted 05-08-2012 03:13 AM 2653 views 0 times favorited 32 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Iggles88

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05-08-2012 03:13 AM

Just going to keep this one short and sweet, which trim router do all of you reccomend? I want to get one with a plunge base along with the fixed base for mortises. The three I’m looking at right now are the dewalt the porter cable the new Makita rto700c.


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abie

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#1 posted 05-08-2012 03:18 AM

I suggest you examine the Trend router bot mine for around $100.00
great router and great performance.
Price right too.

-- Bruce. a mind is like a book it is only useful when open.

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#2 posted 05-08-2012 03:19 AM

I have used older porter cables for a while and they are good, though uncomfortable to use for long periods of time. Currently I have a bosch and it’s pretty good so far, I’ve only had it since christmas so I can’t say much about the longevity of it, but it is far more comfortable. But I will say I probably use tools more on average than others will, so a few months might equal a few years for others.

-- The mark of a good carpenter is not how few mistakes he makes, but rather how well he fixes them.

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oluf

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#3 posted 05-08-2012 03:33 AM

Who is making a trim router with a plunge base? This is the first time I have heard of it.

-- Nils, So. Central MI. Wood is honest.Take the effort to understand what it has to tell you before you try to change it.

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#4 posted 05-08-2012 03:43 AM

My full sized plunge I use a Porter Cable, but for my plunge trim router I use (and love) my dewalt palm router. A couple key parts, variable speed is a MUST and there are LEDs mounted underneath, which is great for when i am inlaying.

-- -Joshuah

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TCCcabinetmaker

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#5 posted 05-08-2012 03:54 AM

Oluf, a couple different companies have them available now, I don’t use plunges for the most part so I don’t have one.

-- The mark of a good carpenter is not how few mistakes he makes, but rather how well he fixes them.

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#6 posted 05-08-2012 04:09 AM

I’ve heard good things about Dewalt I noticed Charles Neil uses one. I own a trend and it’s plunge action is pretty stiff and it has some bad reviews.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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nwbusa

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#7 posted 05-08-2012 04:17 AM

The DeWalt 1 1/4 hp kit comes with the fixed and plunge bases. It’s a really fine little trim router. I especially like the LED lights in the motor base… really increases the visibility of my layout lines.

-- John, BC, Canada

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bestwoodrouterman

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#8 posted 05-08-2012 04:28 AM

You should also take a look at the Bosch 1617EVSPK and the Hitachi KM12VC. I review both models on my blog at Best Wood Router Reviews

-- WoodRouterMan, http://www.bestwoodrouterreviews.net

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#9 posted 05-08-2012 04:33 AM

The Festool OF1010, while spendy, has excellent plunging
and dust extraction. It also has an available accessory that
allows it to be used on its side to somewhat emulate
the function of the MFK700, which in turn somewhat
emulates what a lipping planer can do with solid wood
edging.

-- http://lawoodworking.com

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#10 posted 05-08-2012 01:37 PM

Love the little DeWalt. Hope to use the plunge base to get into some inlay work.

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Mainiac Matt

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#11 posted 05-08-2012 01:43 PM

When I looked at the DW, I found it too big for my mits to use one handed.

Bosch is supposedly coming out with a plunge base for the Colt soon.

I think there’s something to be said for buying multiple budget trim routers (the Grizzly would be my pick) and leaving them set up for chamfers and fillets.

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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waho6o9

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#12 posted 05-08-2012 02:05 PM

I’m not impressed with my Colt. I do leave a 1/4 round bit in there to break the edges though.
The machining and accessories seem crude and not well machined.

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BilltheDiver

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#13 posted 05-08-2012 02:08 PM

I got the Trend recently on a sale from Peachtree and so far I have no complaints with it. It is a plunge, and has adapter plates to accept PC type guide bushings if you need them. They had a bunch, so maybe you could call them and see if they would still honor the expired sale.

-- "Measure twice, cut once, count fingers"

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Iggles88

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#14 posted 05-08-2012 04:11 PM

The Makita was the one I was really excited for it sounds like a really nice tool and nice features but everyone says such good things about the dewalt so I don’t think I’m going to be able to pass up on that. I have the Bosch 1617 evspk but that’s a full sized router to the person who said to check those out. Great router but I want something smaller for round overs, chamfers and such. Looks like I’ll go with the dewalt lot. Thanks everyone

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Bsmith

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#15 posted 05-08-2012 05:38 PM

Loving my DeWalt.

-- Bryan

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