Dies this exist: Compact Router with 1/2" Collet?

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Forum topic by Billy E posted 09-14-2013 01:37 AM 2509 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Billy E

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09-14-2013 01:37 AM

Does this exist? Every compact router I have seen will accept 1/4” bits and some will even take 3/8” (not that I’ve ever seen those bits sold anywhere), but I cannot find a compact router that will take 1/2” bits. This is important to me because almost all my bits are 1/2”. Thanks for any help.

-- Billy, Florence SC

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#1 posted 09-14-2013 01:41 AM


When I was starting out I invested in 1/2” bits and spent a
pretty penny on them, but eventually realized 1/2” routers
are heavier and more awkward to handle than small
ones like laminate trimmers. I buy bits as I need them
and have acquired a lot of 1/4” for handheld router use.

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#2 posted 09-14-2013 02:50 AM

I don’t feel like my Hitachi km12vc with the fixed base is large. It is 2 1/4 HP, but not too large to handle easily. It comes with 1/2 and 1/4 collets. It may be as small as you can get with a 1/2 collect.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#3 posted 09-14-2013 07:56 AM

The porter cable 690 and dewalt dw616/618’s are very compact for full size routers and take 1/2” bits.
Avoid 618’s though. The motors are unreliable.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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Fred Hargis

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#4 posted 09-14-2013 12:37 PM

The Milwaukee 5615 comes close as well. It’s rated at 1.5HP and is a nice package. I was able to get a 3/8” collet since I do have a number of 3/8” bits, they are a nice compromise, too bad they aren’t more common.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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