Laminate trimmer as router? Or a router as router?

Old 02-11-06, 10:49 PM
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Laminate trimmer as router? Or a router as router?

I'm thinking of adding a router system to my ever growing manly love (not Brokeback love...manly love) of tools. I've heard of people using a laminate trimmer as a router, but why not just buy a router instead. I don't think I'd get into doing huge projects...but you never know. Can anyone shed some insight for me on this?
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As you've noticed, most tools can be used for other things
If you have a laminate trimmer, it can be used as a router
If you have a framing saw, it can be used as a table saw

Should you buy a laminate trimmer to use as a router?
But if you had a LT and needed a little routing done....

I think you should go with the router(s), and if you need some laminate trimmed, get the laminate trimming bit for it

...or, if have a Roto-Zip, they have a laminate trimming bit for that too!
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I bought a small laminate trimmer and used it in place of a router. It worked good for me. But eventually I got a regular size router. Seems most of the jigs are made for the router not the laminate trimmer. I have the laminate trimmer fixed to my router table now and use it that way.
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Get a router and use it to trim laminate. Unless you're making your living installing countertops, you can probably find other places to spend money than the laminate trimmer.

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