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lil azn 06
03-08-2006, 01:13 AM
Hi,

To start off, yes i ran through the search engine :) and while i did find a particular thread it was not detailed enough.

Im in need of a router, a decent one, but i really dont know crap about routers, so to start, what is a fixed base?

I really have no idea what kind of router to get, but i would like it at the max $150. This kind of throws Dewalt out of the mix...

I came about this

Craftsmans
http://www.sears.com/sr/javasr/product.do?BV_UseBVCookie=Yes&vertical=TOOL&pid=00917533000&subcat=Routers+%26+Laminate+Trimmers

Craftsmans

http://www.sears.com/sr/javasr/product.do?BV_UseBVCookie=Yes&vertical=TOOL&pid=00917528000&subcat=Routers+%26+Laminate+Trimmers

Home Depots
http://www.homedepot.com/prel80/HDUS/EN_US/diy_main/pg_diy.jsp?BV_SessionID=@@@@1877495105.1141795148@ @@@&BV_EngineID=ccefaddhekfjejfcgelceffdfgidgio.0&CNTTYPE=PROD_META&N=2984+4033+2970&keyword=router&MID=9876&CNTKEY=misc%2fsearchResults.jsp&y=0&x=0



Any ideas? Suggestions?

Thanks

JL12W7INAGS300
03-08-2006, 01:21 AM
Craftsman tools are great, I have a craftsman router (it has barley seen the light of day) but it works great

PatFitz9
03-08-2006, 01:59 AM
plunge routers go up and down, hence the plunging name

fixed base routers don't, they are fixed :)

Ayrton
03-08-2006, 02:09 AM
Stop looking and start buying...

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000CEQK8A/ref=sr_11_1/103-7669491-6735811?%5Fencoding=UTF8&v=glance&n=228013

This is what you want, 2.25hp, soft start, variable speed, 12 amps, blah blah...

I own several routers and this is a great router kit, Google it and reviews.

danteBirosel
03-08-2006, 11:43 AM
Fast shipping and using it right now, and it performs GREAT!!!


http://www.skilshop.com/reconditioned_tools/routers/1820-rt.html

jalverson
03-08-2006, 11:49 AM
also check out ryobi, i swear by the name, i use their circular saw, jig saw, and pretty much thier whole line. Heres a pic and a description of the best one they have can be gotten at homedepot for 99 bucks ! not a bad deal at all!
http://www.homedepot.com/cmc_upload/HDUS/EN_US/asset/images/eplus/165667_3.jpg (http://javascript<b></b>:openFeatureFlex()
• Electronic speed control module senses the load applied to the motor and adjusts voltage to maintain desired rpm• Ergonomically-designed handles provide comfort when operating from different angles and positions• Soft start reduces wear and provides smoother use• Chip shield protects you against flying debris• Spindle lock for simple 1-wrench bit changes• Includes 1/2 In. collet, 1/4 In. adapter and wrench

ramos
03-08-2006, 11:52 AM
What all do you intend to do with said router ? I would suggest either a combo with the fixed and plunge base. Or a plunge router. Versatility FTW :)

twistedtrik
03-08-2006, 11:52 AM
also check out ryobi, i swear by the name, i use their circular saw, jig saw, and pretty much thier whole line. Heres a pic and a description of the best one they have can be gotten at homedepot for 99 bucks ! not a bad deal at all!
http://www.homedepot.com/cmc_upload/HDUS/EN_US/asset/images/eplus/165667_3.jpg (http://javascript<b></b>:openFeatureFlex()
• Electronic speed control module senses the load applied to the motor and adjusts voltage to maintain desired rpm• Ergonomically-designed handles provide comfort when operating from different angles and positions• Soft start reduces wear and provides smoother use• Chip shield protects you against flying debris• Spindle lock for simple 1-wrench bit changes• Includes 1/2 In. collet, 1/4 In. adapter and wrench
Agreed, I got the same one from HD on sale for 79 bucks or something like that. Works great for my uses.;)

Flipx99
03-09-2006, 01:05 AM
I bought a router and a japser jig but I still get better results on the inner circle with a jig saw. The little pin hits the base of the router, causing it to wiggle, causing the circle to look like ***. Another alternative is an orbital jigsaw. Spend the $150+ because they are worth it.

Moe Lester
03-09-2006, 02:44 AM
this router right here

http://www.dewalt.com/us/products/tool_detail.asp?productID=113

is by far the smoothest, and easiest to work with router that I have used. I prefer it over porter cable, ryobi, and the craftsman routers.

lil azn 06
07-07-2006, 12:13 PM
Ok im seriously about to buy a router now and need help. I was about to buy the ryobi seeing how its nicely priced $99 at home depot pictured above. Only thing is that its a plunge router and i still dont know if a plunge router is better or not. Any suggestions? Lastly, my dad bought a rotoaryzip thingy and i was wondering if that would be as good as a router, if so there aint no point in buying a router.

Any other router suggestions under $100 would be nice. Thanks

ramos
07-07-2006, 12:28 PM
Do it man . A plunge router is a plus . You can use it just like a fixed base as most have depth adjustments and lock collars. Plus you can make plunge cuts, that a fixed base can't . My vote goes to plunge hands down :)


oops missed the part about the rotoslip . I personally hate them , cutting mdf with a rotoslip takes for ever . :)

Blunt
07-07-2006, 12:30 PM
plunge router.

djman37
07-07-2006, 12:35 PM
i've had success with rotozip's for circles, but I wouldn't want to do many, hearing protections is a must.

Get a Jasper Jig and a router that fits onto it. I have a plunge router from harbor freight for flush cutting, etc, and permanently fixed palm router to the Jasper Jig for speaker holes.
I made a pin out of a thick solid core wire and bent it at 90degrees so it doesn't fall out of the jig.

ramos
07-07-2006, 12:45 PM
i've had success with rotozip's for circles, but I wouldn't want to do many, hearing protections is a must.

Get a Jasper Jig and a router that fits onto it. I have a plunge router from harbor freight for flush cutting, etc, and permanently fixed palm router to the Jasper Jig for speaker holes.
I made a pin out of a thick solid core wire and bent it at 90degrees so it doesn't fall out of the jig.

Did your pin come out ? The two jaspers I have, the d@mn pin is so tight it requires channel locks to pull it out. :)

djman37
07-07-2006, 01:05 PM
Did your pin come out ? The two jaspers I have, the d@mn pin is so tight it requires channel locks to pull it out. :)

yeah, it falls right through the durn holes.:crap:

ramos
07-07-2006, 01:10 PM
yeah, it falls right through the durn holes.:crap:


D@mn that's some chit . I am on my third set, and haven't had that problem yet. Hope it stays that way :)

PowerNaudio
07-07-2006, 01:30 PM
i have a milwaukee heavy-duty router from home depot. i have no complaints on it.
you can check it out here (http://www.toolbarn.com/product/milwaukee/5616-20/)

i have been using it for over 6 month done over 200 cuts allready. i love it.

BaseSteala112
07-07-2006, 06:55 PM
What bits would you guys recommend to get along with the router? Just for cutting sub holes and rounding edges.

djman37
07-07-2006, 07:07 PM
round-over bits for sure and a flush bit. 1/4" straight bit for makin' holes.
there are different sizes of 1/4 round bits.

bjfish11
07-07-2006, 10:03 PM
also check out ryobi, i swear by the name, i use their circular saw, jig saw, and pretty much thier whole line. Heres a pic and a description of the best one they have can be gotten at homedepot for 99 bucks ! not a bad deal at all!
http://www.homedepot.com/cmc_upload/HDUS/EN_US/asset/images/eplus/165667_3.jpg (http://javascript<b></b>:openFeatureFlex()
• Electronic speed control module senses the load applied to the motor and adjusts voltage to maintain desired rpm• Ergonomically-designed handles provide comfort when operating from different angles and positions• Soft start reduces wear and provides smoother use• Chip shield protects you against flying debris• Spindle lock for simple 1-wrench bit changes• Includes 1/2 In. collet, 1/4 In. adapter and wrench
X 3
This is what I use.
VERY good router, especially for the money.

the_noob
07-08-2006, 12:20 PM
http://www.popularwoodworking.com/features/plungerouters.0803.pdf

I've been looking around a lot, too, now I just have to decide between the skil package or the ryobi.

Edit: Also, can somebody explain exactly what run-out is? The article didn't make it very clear.