What type of routers


Old 09-10-02, 09:12 PM
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What type of routers

I went to the local hardware store to look at routers. There are a lot of features now, even on the most basic. I need an education in what to look for, what to stay away from, etc, etc.

I know I need a plunge router, but that's about it.

Any help would be appreciated.
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Old 09-11-02, 04:09 AM
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You may eventually end up with two routers, a plunge and a fixed base for a table. Check out the Porter Cable combo - has two bases, fixed and plunge. I think the model is 691, not positive.
Shop around for the best price, maybe even online at amazon.com

Old 09-11-02, 08:16 AM
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The current cream of the crop has soft-start and variable speed as a minimum. You'll want to start with a mid-size 2HP router and maybe graduate to a 3HP on a table.

The DW621 is top choice in a mid plunger (and the one to have in a one-router-only setup). I have this and recommend it.
The top plunge/fixed combo honors go to the Bosch-1617evspk.
DeWalt is soon to realease their combo in the DW618pk:

Check out www.patwarner.com and read on.
Old 09-16-02, 04:23 PM
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I recently purchased the PC 691 referenced in this thread. The combo of bases made it a great deal. A little weak for some applications so you may need to make several passes, but overall a good tool.
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