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Old 07-23-2007, 12:43 AM
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Default Take the plunge? Woodworking router?

Looking to get one. Plunge type worth it? What else do I need? Not looking to make a living with it. Saw a nice fixed base (1 3/4 HP) Porter Cable for 149.00.
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Old 07-23-2007, 12:53 AM
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Default Re: Take the plunge? Woodworking router?

Birdy, A plunge router will let you do much more than a conventional router will. Check Harbor freight before you buy. Laird
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Old 07-23-2007, 06:43 AM
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Default RE: Take the plunge? Woodworking router?

What are you going to be using it for?

I personally do not care for a plunge router for most applications. They are top heavy and akward in some situations. There are certain times when a plunge is very handy, but for the most part not needed.

Porter Cable and possibly some others market a kit with both bases.
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Old 07-23-2007, 06:55 AM
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I second the kit. I bought a PC kit a few years ago that came with the router, two collets, D base and plunge base and a nice router table. I found it on sale for just under 300 clams. I use every piece as a hobiest and would recommend the same.
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Old 07-23-2007, 08:42 AM
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I have a 3HP PC vari speed/electronic start plunge and a smaller 1HP PC twist adjustable router.

While the 3HP unit will remove some serious stock it is much harder to control due to it's size.
My go to is the smaller unit. I love the adjustment on it. You can easily move it a few thousands at a time and lock it in place.

There are some very nice routers out there. I bought mine prior to PC being bought out. Take your time. If I had to do it over I'd buy the twin base kit.
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Old 07-23-2007, 05:48 PM
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Default Re: Take the plunge? Woodworking router?

like the other posters said...the question is...what do you want to do with it?.....i make a living with wood working tools and have four or five routers.....its all about scale to me.......but the nice thing about a 3+ HP plunge router is except for brain surgery it will handle just about any job......and you can remove a lot of stock easily when the job would strain a smaller machine....that said a 1.5 is a lot easier to hold and use in awkward positions....the twin base kit is also a real good idea
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Old 07-23-2007, 08:19 PM
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Default Re: Take the plunge? Woodworking router?

I would get the 1 3/4 Porter Cable D Handle - http://www.deltaportercable.com/Prod...roductID=11097 with the plunge base - http://www.deltaportercable.com/Prod...roductID=11104

This router will do most anything you need.

If you find yourself doing heavier work, supplement it with a 3 hp fixed base in a router table.

A Bosch 2.25 hp router would be a good alternative to the 3 hp for hobbyist level work.

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Old 07-24-2007, 10:10 AM
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A kit w/ fixed and plunge bases is the way to go. The Porter Cable is the standard to measure by IMHO. I bought a Ryobi kit a couple of years ago and have been impressed with it. I gave it a shot because I was able to get it for less than half the cost of the Porter Cable and I've had very good luck with other Ryobi woodworking products. At the very least it is worth a look.
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