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Forum topic by Coel posted 01-10-2015 04:48 PM 662 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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#1 posted 01-10-2015 04:54 PM

Skill tools are low-end tools but if you can not afford a higher end router ,this router should get you by until you can upgrade.

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#2 posted 01-10-2015 05:01 PM

Hmm. At $100 it’s a lousy deal I’d think because on Amazon a new one with plunge base is $109 with free shipping.

And for about $30 more you could have a dewalt or Porter Cable. Skill used to be good when I was a kid. Now there not so great. Heck, a black and decker (similar quality) can be bought for $58. So, if you need something under $100 go for that instead. If you can do $100 or more then look to others.

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#3 posted 01-10-2015 05:08 PM

Stay away, I bought a very lightly used Porter Cable 690 a couple months ago for $25. Didn’t need it, but couldn’t pass up the deal.

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#4 posted 01-10-2015 05:12 PM

I got a ryobi for 10$. Deals are out there. I’d stay away from paying more than 50% or so of retail for a lower end router.

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#5 posted 01-10-2015 07:00 PM

Do you currently have a router?
What are you looking to do with it?
What other tools do you have?

For $30 to get one in your hand and learn what is what and how it works, it’d be a decent place to start, especially if the seller has some bits to throw in that aren’t fried.

Router’s aren’t like table saws and most of us that get bit with the sawdust bug have a few, so if/when you upgrade, it won’t be obsolete,it’ll just have you appreciate the better quality tool all the more.

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#6 posted 01-10-2015 07:02 PM

I just saw it as cheap tool but I’d rather wait. Thanks for the input

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#7 posted 01-10-2015 07:23 PM

I bought one of those new. After warranty work and getting two more, (my shipping costs to send it), I gave up.

I bought 3 of the Harbor Freight units. All of them have been working for the last 3 years, one in my router table with bits up to 3” across. Not a single problem.

For $60 with a 20% off coupon, I am happy.

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#8 posted 01-12-2015 09:06 AM

Good, I see you passed it up. It says right on the box, 1/4” collet. That’s okay for small straight and profile bits, but very limiting otherwise. I’d check the collet size on any cheap router, such as Ryobi and B & D. Oh, and an awful lot of Craftsman routers, too.

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#9 posted 01-12-2015 08:47 PM

Skill tools are low-end but the defining element of a cheap tool to an expensive tool is their bearings, cheap tools usually have sleeve bearings not sealed ball bearings, except routers, at 20,000 RPM they definitely have ball bearings, so the motor will serve you a long time, then it comes down to features and weight, does this router have what you wont and can you lift it

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