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Forum topic by willhime posted 08-10-2014 08:26 AM 559 views 0 times favorited 16 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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willhime

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08-10-2014 08:26 AM

Topic tags/keywords: router joinery compact question

I’ve been thinking of picking up a compact router- either the makita, or dewalt – $99, $129 (lowes). I have 2 decent plunge ones – craftsman 8 amp, and a B & D 9 amp, (one was given to me), but whenever I’m doing something I’m wondering- would this be a lot easier and faster with a little palm one? Mainly I’d like it for smaller and more delicate stuff like making shallow joinery and aesthetic work on timber, but don’t know if it’s just extravagant to lay down a bill for one. I’m guessing most of this topic is just a case by case basis, like ‘well, this works for me, but ‘Tom’ over there prefers the other way’. Any input would be helpful; I’m the only woodworker in my family so my education is very tedious, minimal, and painstaking.


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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 08-10-2014 10:02 AM

Being somewhat of a router addict, I would say get it. I have a Bosch Colt that is wearing out and I will probably get the Dewalt compact router. I love the small routers for small jobs.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 08-10-2014 10:58 AM

Agree with Monte. I own a Colt and a Dewalt. I like the Colt, but I love the Dewalt. There are a couple things I don’t like about the Colt, one being I don’t like the depth of cut adjustment. To me the Dewalt surpasses the Colt

I seen the recent Rockler email I get and noticed that the Dewalt model with a plunge base is on sale for $20 more than what Lowes is offering without the plunge base.

IMO I’d splurge the extra $20 plus shipping to get the Dewalt with the plunge base. I find the plunge base incredibly useful.

Link

http://www.rockler.com/dewalt-dwp611pk-compact-router

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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English

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#3 posted 08-10-2014 12:33 PM

I have a Bosch and a HF. I use the HF more than the Bosch.

-- John, Suffolk Virgina

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#4 posted 08-10-2014 12:39 PM

Depth adjustment slips on my Colt. Pisses me right off.

-- - Crud. Go tell your mother that I need a Band-aid.

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dhazelton

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#5 posted 08-10-2014 12:56 PM

I bought a reconditioned Colt at CPO Bosch. I can confirm that the depth can slip. But man, compared to my big mid 90’s Craftsman (Emerson, I assume) it’s a pleasure to use. Wish I hadn’t waited.

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Gene Howe

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#6 posted 08-10-2014 01:28 PM

I love my Colt. Have had no issues with the depth adjustment….so far.

-- 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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#7 posted 08-10-2014 01:55 PM

The DW611 kit is a pretty good deal, IMO. There’s also an identical Porter Cable one but the fixed base is a different, worse shape. Same motor, same company, etc.

If you can afford it, I’d get that Dewalt kit over a Bosch Colt.

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Greg..the Cajun Box Sculptor

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#8 posted 08-10-2014 03:20 PM

You can add me to the list of Dewalt palm router satisfied users. I have two of them…one has a frequently used bit that stays in it and the other is used with the plunge. I previously had a ridged palm router and would have to really search to remember where I put it after getting the Dewalt…

-- If retiring is having the time to be able to do what you enjoy then I have always been retired.

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RockyTopScott

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#9 posted 08-10-2014 03:42 PM

DeWalt combo is my choice

-- “When you want to help people, you tell them the truth. When you want to help yourself, you tell them what they want to hear.” ― Thomas Sowell

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MT_Stringer

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#10 posted 08-10-2014 03:54 PM

My Dewalt was delivered a few days ago. Got it through the ad posted with free shipping.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#11 posted 08-10-2014 03:57 PM

“Depth adjustment slips on my Colt. Pisses me right off.”

Same here, makes you want to do some damage to the
stupid thing.

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rad457

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#12 posted 08-10-2014 04:08 PM

I was looking at the colt but bought a Rigid, love it so far and IMO a lot quieter?

-- Andre of Alberta. Finger Prints show your hands were on the wood.

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AlaskaGuy

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#13 posted 08-10-2014 04:10 PM

I like the Dewalt 611. Don’t like changing bit all the time.

If you don’t like yellow I believe the PC is the same router.

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JoeinGa

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#14 posted 08-10-2014 11:12 PM

What? No love for this little guy? I’m pretty pleased with mine.

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AandCstyle

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#15 posted 08-10-2014 11:52 PM

I bought a reconditioned Ridgid R2401 based on a couple reviews. It has a nice list of features and the price was right at about $70 IIRC.

-- Art

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