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#1 posted 03-01-2017 03:05 PM

Normally I’d say that a trim router wouldn’t be the best ‘first router’, but with the two bases available now a fellow could probably do most of his small project routing with one. I use mine a lot. Being limited to 1/4 inch Collet would be a problem from time to time though. Probably best to get the two-base router package that’ll handle larger bits and have a 1/2 inch Collet. If cost is a real big factor, I think Fine Woodworking rated the two-base Skil router as a best value purchase. Google up that review and read it. If that router has the two collets (1/2 and 1/4), there’s your cost winner. It isn’t the best router out there, but it should do fine as a starter set.

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