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Forum topic by WOODIE1 posted 06-11-2012 07:07 AM 1019 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-11-2012 07:07 AM

Not sure how I made it so far without one but I need a router. I was looking at the new Bosch but have a question….

If you can lock the plunge on a plunge why do I need a fixed base router?? They all sell in kits but I know I will need more then one say for trim or dedicated table so what is the need for the 2 set ups???

I am looking to do some cabinet doors with shaker style rail/stiles and flat panels. I do not have a table yet.


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#1 posted 06-11-2012 07:21 AM

First, the screw base is easier to adjust.

When my last router died I purchased one of those kits with the motor and two bases, one plunge and one screw. I mounted the screw base to my router table and after a couple times of removing and replacing it I purchased another router with a screw base.

Turns out it was one of the best tool buying decisions I ever made. I now have two identical motors & three bases. Sometime in the future you’re gonna want to leave the router table setup as is and need a hand held at the same time. Sure makes life easier.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#2 posted 06-11-2012 08:48 AM

Well, I also got one of the combo kits, (Milwaukee), and generally dedicate the non-plunge base to my router table…I rarely do any router work that is not at the router table, but if I do, I use the plunge base…whether I’m plunging or not. So for me, having 2 bases is convenient.

-- I'm strictly hand-tool only...unless the power tool is faster and easier!

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#3 posted 06-11-2012 09:12 AM

Fixed bases tend to have less slop and a lower center of gravity.

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#4 posted 06-11-2012 11:17 AM

Kits are okay…....I have 18 routers, only one has plunge….I rarely use the plunge. I would buy as large as possible motor you can if you are planning on using it for panels. Spend extra dollars on motor size vs. two bases.

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#5 posted 06-11-2012 11:53 AM

Yeah me to …dont use the plumge much…use fixed for router table for fine adjustment bosch 1617 evs


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