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  • Router Base Advice

    I need to buy a new router and see that there are several packaged with multiple bases. All have a fixed base, then the choice is between a plunge base and a base for a router table mount. I've done some basic work with a router, but I am still learning. I'm looking for advice on which base (plunge or table mount) to go with.

    Thanks.

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    Re: Router Base Advice

    I bought a PC-690 variable speed a few years back. this kit came with a plunge base and a standard fixed base. I put the fixed base in my router table and leave it there use the plunge base for everything else I use the 690 for. But then I also have a Milwaukee that I use with its standard base but usually leave it set up with an offset base.

    If you have questions about routers a visit to Pat Warner's website and a cup of coffee are a good pair.

    You might want to start with his Selecting A Router page.
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    • #3
      Re: Router Base Advice

      Also consider a set that has a D-handle base. It's more of a personal preference thing but I like my D-handle so much for hand held usage that I sold my fixed base.
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        Re: Router Base Advice

        I agree with Dave that a D-handle base is a big plus .
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        Light is faster than sound. That's why some people seem really bright until you hear them speak.
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        “If I had my life to live over again, I'd be a plumber.” - Albert Einstein
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        "Its a table saw.... Do you know where your fingers are?"
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        sigpic http://www.helmetstohardhats.com/

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        • #5
          Re: Router Base Advice

          Ditto!

          I have the 2-base Ridgid and I use the fixed base mounted in my Rockler table top, and the plunge for out of table use. I also have an older Ryobi 3-base set, and the D-Handle base is excellent for some kinds of projects where that extra grip lends itself better stability.

          I hope this helps,

          CWS

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          • #6
            Re: Router Base Advice

            Gentlemen, thanks for the info. I hadn't considered the D-handle base as an option. I went to HD/Lowes/Sears Hardware to see what's available and do some hands on. What I really need is to do some actual routing, but the stores seem to frown on that. I liked the Bosch 1617 series, the fit/feel of the handles and the micro adjust seemd to be easier than the P-C. I haven't seen a D-handle option from Bosch, but haven't really looked. Also the price (around $200) is within budget.

            Bob D. - I'll check out those links. Thanks.

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