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Forum topic by Brutal posted 07-06-2012 03:23 PM 3529 views 0 times favorited 18 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-06-2012 03:23 PM

I am wanting a router that i can use for small fine detail. I was thinking of one of the dewalt small routers like the 1.5hp pr the dremel 4000 series with a plunge router attachment or even the dremel 3 in 1 tool. which is better?

-- Brutal, some where in Kansas


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#1 posted 07-06-2012 03:25 PM

I’ve got the Foredom rotary tool. I went through about 10 dremels before I just ate the price. You really can’t compare the other tools to the Foredom (or its kin). Good luck!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#2 posted 07-06-2012 03:26 PM

I’ve heard great things about Dewalts smaller router set on the other hand Dremel is good for inlay work,
but that’s about it.
I have a foredom too but it won’t do what a router will do unless you just want to power carve.

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#3 posted 07-06-2012 03:42 PM

I have a Makita 1/4” plunge router. Had it for abt. 20 yrs. It was my first router, and for the small stuff, it can’t be beat.
Bill

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#4 posted 07-06-2012 03:46 PM

Are you looking for a detail router or a detail rotary tool? Like Bill says, don’t rule out the little laminate trimmers for certain projects. I’ve got the Bosch Colt but I think all the popular ones (Bosch, Makita, Dewalt, etc.) are really good. They’re fun to use, too:)
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I also just remembered: I bought a Black and Decker Wizard rotary tool for less than $20 about 10 years ago. I bought it to abuse, to spare my Dremel. That crazy thing is still going strong! One never knows, I guess:)

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#6 posted 07-06-2012 03:50 PM

Ridgid

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#7 posted 07-06-2012 05:49 PM

Makita just came out with a new kit RT0700CX3 with several bases. It’s gotten good reviews in the magazines.

-- Rich, Seattle, WA

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#8 posted 07-06-2012 05:54 PM

I don’t do a whole lot of detail work, but when I do I use the Dremel and the plunge attachment. Works great for me.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#9 posted 07-06-2012 05:56 PM

Wow Loren! I’d never seen Microfence before. That’s an awfully nice looking $400 plunge assembly for a $20 Dremel, lol;)
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This is the rotary kit I bought about 8 years ago. Mine looks a little retro compared to this one but I’m told the guts are the same. Mine came with a hanger and an extra handpiece for just a tad more than this one. If you have any questions about this unit, I can help you.
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http://www.amazon.com/Foredom-K-TXH440-Industrial-Kit/dp/B001VXZX4I/ref=sr_1_1?s=power-hand-tools&ie=UTF8&qid=1341597176&sr=1-1&keywords=foredom
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While we’re on the subject of detail work, I found a lot of the stuff I was struggling to do with a rotary tool; could be done with a woodburner. Just thinking outloud here.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#10 posted 07-06-2012 05:57 PM

I’m sensing now that you’re looking more for a laminate-trimmer type router. If so, ignore above. I’ve got the Bosch Colt if I can be of any help.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#11 posted 07-06-2012 06:35 PM

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#12 posted 07-06-2012 11:22 PM

The project i am working on is a wedding arch. and i plan on engraving or router out the kid’s name’s into the side of the top of it. but not entirely through it i jus want to go like a 1/4 of an inch deep. I also wanna show detail on by shaving some parts of it lower then other parts and i figured a small router could do it.

-- Brutal, some where in Kansas

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#13 posted 07-10-2012 04:34 AM

I’m with Bertha on this one. I also have the Bosch Colt and it is FUN to use! Don’t let the Apparent Small Size fool you. It DOES The Job!

It’s 5.6 Amps, 1HP, 15 to 35M RPM, you can easily operate it with one hand. I paid $168 (CDN) about a year or so ago at HD.

For the names (I’ve never done that) I think you’re going to have to use “Lettering Templates” of some sort. You can also buy various other accessories for it.

Hope it helps Brutal.

Rick

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#14 posted 07-10-2012 01:28 PM

if it aint bosch…its just something else!

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#15 posted 07-12-2012 09:38 AM

Hey kizerpea!! Good One!

I have a few Bosch Tools and they never dissapoint me. Including a Ten Year Old “Top Handle Jigsaw”. I’ve torn it down maybe three times just to clean it up and Grease it. I kinda like doing that with all of my tools. That Jigsaw still runs like new!!

Of course I have a few “something else’s” also. ...LOL..

-- COMMON SENSE Is Like Deodorant. The People Who need It Most, Never Use It.

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