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Forum topic by Iwud4u posted 08-17-2014 02:45 PM 609 views 0 times favorited 17 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Iwud4u

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08-17-2014 02:45 PM

Router base that has air running through it to make it slide easier. Seems like you would get a smoother?
I’m thinking of getting one.

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Don Broussard

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#1 posted 08-17-2014 02:49 PM

Never ever heard of this. Looks like woodworking meets air hockey. Also looks like you lose some depth of cut with the air attachment but the depth loss might be insignificant.

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Iwud4u

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#2 posted 08-17-2014 02:54 PM

Yeah, you’re right, that plate looks to be about 1/2” thick.

The air is also supposed to keep material from getting under the plate as you rout.

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#3 posted 08-17-2014 03:17 PM

looks like gimmicky thing to boost sales to me, but maybe there are some applications where it would be a big advantage.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 08-17-2014 03:40 PM

Hmmm … could be the greatest thing since sliced bread, but to me it looks like a solution in search of a problem.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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Iwud4u

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#5 posted 08-17-2014 03:57 PM

True that Mike and Gerry!

I would use it more for doing bigger profiles such as a desk edge or something. Another thing for me that I would find it useful for would be when I do metal laminate. the shavings always want to get under the base and scratch the surface. I think this would eliminate that.
Example of a drawer base unit I just made:

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helluvawreck

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#6 posted 08-17-2014 04:00 PM

That’s interesting. I’m not sure that I would ever get one.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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stefang

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#7 posted 08-17-2014 04:06 PM

Maybe you could get the seller to demonstrate it before you buy.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Loren

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#8 posted 08-17-2014 04:25 PM

Might be good for working plastic.

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AlaskaGuy

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#9 posted 08-17-2014 04:30 PM

Never seen an air sled for a router before.

Air sled are quite commonly used on shapers.

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#10 posted 08-17-2014 04:36 PM

Looks more like a means of blowing the chips away, rather than to make the router glide smoothly. Might be good in some applications!

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TheDane

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#11 posted 08-17-2014 05:24 PM


Looks more like a means of blowing the chips away …

You are probably right. IMHO, it would be better to come up with a more efficient dust/chip extraction system like those used on Festool routers. I have a DeWalt DWP611PK and the dust extraction attachments for it (both the plunge and fixed bases) are kick-@$$. There is an after-market dust extractor for the bigger routers (the brand name escapes me) that looks like a decent solution but it does take away some of the maximum depth (just like this attachment does).

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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NormG

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#12 posted 08-17-2014 05:47 PM

Never seen one, chip removal would be my best guess, I do not think I would ever have a need for one

-- Norman

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#13 posted 08-17-2014 05:51 PM

“Hmmm … could be the greatest thing since sliced bread, but to me it looks like a solution in search of a problem.”

Agreed.

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patron

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#14 posted 08-17-2014 05:59 PM

on edge routing
you would get slightly less than half airflow with it
(the rest just blowing out)
with plenty of air
it sounds ok

made it this far with the old ways
probably not all that important for me now

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AlaskaGuy

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#15 posted 08-17-2014 08:48 PM

The company sell the air base router accessory is ” The Pinske Edge. The are primary and company the sell tool for the Solid Surface industry. I doubt very much this accessory would be of great value to the average hobbyist. At a 149.00 + I don’t see many non-professionals buying this.

https://www.pinske-edge.com/media/docs/2008-catalog-updated-10-09-email.pdf

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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