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Forum topic by Kevin S Leadbeater Sr. posted 06-23-2012 10:21 PM 2002 views 0 times favorited 47 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Kevin S Leadbeater Sr.

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06-23-2012 10:21 PM

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My 17 yr old son thinks that I’m nuts, because I believe a woodworker can never have enough routers. I currently have a Jessem router table/lift powered by a porter cable 7518, 2-pc 690lr, 3 1/4h Freud plunge, Rigid dual base, Ryobi multi base and two Rigid trim routers. I’m still looking for more. Have I really gone too far, or not simply far enough?

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#1 posted 06-23-2012 10:49 PM

Your son is correct…you’ve gone off the deep end! I currently have 4, but could get by with just 2….one in the router table, one for hand use. Those other two are just because they were such a good deal, and it gives me a backup for each one! ;-)

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#2 posted 06-23-2012 10:53 PM

I think one for each bit would be great. I have three but would like to have more.

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#3 posted 06-23-2012 10:57 PM

I only have one, but I do think I could use two more. I have a 1.75 router with both fixed and plunge bases, and switch it from hand to table use. I would like to have a larger router to leave in the table, keep the 1.75 in the plunge base for handheld type use, then have a small trim router that would be easier to handle for the smaller stuff.

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#4 posted 06-23-2012 10:59 PM

It depends how much you use a router. As a hobbyist I use one a medium amount, and I get by easily with two (one mounted, one hand held). I will likely add a trim router to the arsenal as well. Beyond that they just become clutter for my purposes. But if I used them heavily I could make a case for a couple more to keep them set up with commonly used bits.

-- PaulMayer,

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#5 posted 06-23-2012 11:11 PM

Needs got nothing to do with it. :)

-- John -- Racine, WI -- Woodworking..."It's not just a Hobby, it's an Adventure"

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#6 posted 06-23-2012 11:14 PM

I have 5. But, maybe you should ask Jim… a1jim

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#7 posted 06-23-2012 11:14 PM

You can never have too many routers. :)

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#8 posted 06-23-2012 11:27 PM

I have 7 had 8 but one let go.

And they are all for sale.

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#9 posted 06-23-2012 11:32 PM

I couldn’t get by with less than 3. One in the table, 1 for plunge cutting and the little trim router that gets used the most.

-- I cut it off 3 times and it's still too short!

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#10 posted 06-23-2012 11:33 PM

I have two router tables, with routers, and five routers in addition to those.

To answer your basic question of “how many is enough?” ... When I get there I will let you know.

I have a friend who has 28 routers. So, obviously, I have a goal to shoot for.

-- The more I work with wood the more I recognize only God can make something as beautiful as a tree. I hope my humble attempts at this craft do justice by His masterpiece. -- Tim

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#11 posted 06-23-2012 11:34 PM

I have 12 , mostly P/C some Rockwell (pre P/C).Only 1 purchased new, others from yard sales and eBay . Just like clamps never have too many.

-- Nat - West Sayville,L.I., NY

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#12 posted 06-23-2012 11:39 PM

if ti makes u happy, buy them all , I have 4 or 5 if u start to lose count thats enough? right? i still want the bosch multi base

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#13 posted 06-23-2012 11:39 PM

I currently have 2, one mounted in a an extension table on my table saw and one hand held with fixed and plunge bases. I’d like to add one of the small format units like the Bosch Colt but that’s not in the budget right now.

-- Mike P.

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#14 posted 06-23-2012 11:41 PM

people spend $$$$$$ on worse things

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#15 posted 06-23-2012 11:51 PM

......slow horses,fast women and cheap whiskey….

-- Nat - West Sayville,L.I., NY

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