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Forum topic by grandpasworkshop posted 01-15-2013 05:04 AM 786 views 0 times favorited 19 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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grandpasworkshop

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01-15-2013 05:04 AM

Any one own a Skill plunge router 1830 if so what are the pros an cons

-- Grandpaj


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#1 posted 01-15-2013 05:36 AM

Pros : price
Cons: everything else

Just kidding, I don’t own one but I wouldn’t expect much from a skill. They made a good circular saw at one point, but there router is like the Black and Decker : el cheapo.
I have good luck with the Dewalt 618 plunge router. Very precise.

Good luck in your search.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#2 posted 01-15-2013 05:36 AM

Plunge routers are great but SKILL is another question .
The price is right but for heavy duty use I would upgrade to a BOSCH or MAKITA .

-- Kiefer 松

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#3 posted 01-15-2013 06:51 AM

Thanks for replies however Skill is made by Bosch which Idid not no until this evening at another site

-- Grandpaj

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#4 posted 01-15-2013 11:08 AM

Skil is definitely owned by Bosch, but is a far cry from being the same as Bosch. Milwaukee and Ryobi are owned by the same company, but have very little in common quality-wise. Corvette and Aveo are both GM cars, but…

There are a lot of good low cost routers Hitachi, PC, and DW often go on sale near or below $100. The new Chervon Power routers under the Craftsman name are good value for hobbyists. Unless you’re getting a killer deal on the Skil, I’d definitely look to a few others first.

Be sure to get decent 1/2” shank carbide tipped router bits.

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

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#5 posted 01-15-2013 05:00 PM

So many choices .Never saw Chevron power router .The Skill is 73.00 rebuilt and Craftsman has a 2-1/4 horse 1/2 and 1/4 for 107.00 .

-- Grandpaj

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#6 posted 01-15-2013 05:11 PM

I agree I would consider another brand almost any brand is better than Skill or Ryobi.

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grandpasworkshop

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#7 posted 01-15-2013 05:49 PM

One poster said Chervon craftsman is that a model or company that builds Craftsman tools

-- Grandpaj

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#8 posted 01-16-2013 01:14 AM

If you can afford it, get the Milwaukee. Fantastic machine. I also have the bigger one (3 1/2 hp) in my router table and a non-plunge for most off the table routing.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#9 posted 01-16-2013 04:08 AM

Little pricey Jack but I no for a fact there tools are fantastic.

-- Grandpaj

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#10 posted 01-16-2013 04:13 AM

I’ve had the Craftsman router KIT for almost a year. No problems yet…

by KIT, I mean I got both bases in one box/bag..

Of course, one COULD buy just the plunge router….

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#11 posted 01-16-2013 04:42 AM

That maybe but you’ll only buy it once. In tools, you really do get what you pay for.
Try Amazon.
Jack

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#12 posted 01-16-2013 04:50 AM

I agree to that for sure but you would have to really use it on a constant usage to make it pay for itself

-- Grandpaj

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#13 posted 01-16-2013 04:55 AM

What model Craftsman is that

-- Grandpaj

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#14 posted 01-16-2013 05:49 AM

Reliability is the key. Do you buy the cheapest insurance or brake linings for the same reason? Just sayin. I have lots of “over spent” tools according to some folks (panel saw for one) but when the pedal hits the metal, I get the job done with no problems.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#15 posted 01-16-2013 07:22 AM

I happen to have a 1/2 miller Falls drill that is no longer in business but the darn thing runs like a champ any day any time .Im sure it cost maybe 30.00 new CHEAP ,I’m guessing it is 60 yrs old along with some cheap craftsman 1/4 inch routers which I have outgrown in my shop. One ins 1960’s all I have done is clean it up after every use and replaced a switch and keep things in there respective cases

-- Grandpaj

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