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Best Budget Plunge Router

by LeopoldWallace
posted 09-06-2018 07:12 PM


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#1 posted 09-06-2018 08:16 PM

Look for an American made PorterCable 690. Mine just keeps on runnin’.

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#2 posted 09-06-2018 08:18 PM

This seems like a decent deal for $100 or whatever you can negotiate> https://orlando.craigslist.org/tls/d/dewalt-2-1-4hp-router-kit-new/6682060067.html

I don’t have this router, but I’ve heard it’s a good one and it sells for ~ $250.00 new.

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#3 posted 09-06-2018 08:21 PM

https://smile.amazon.com/Hitachi-KM12VC-Variable-Plunge-Router/dp/B0002ZZWX8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1536264898&sr=8-1&keywords=hitachi+router+plunge

That’s $159, but oh well, what’s $10? I have this and it’s a good router, both bases, plenty of power, nothing weird. I’ve had some issues with bits sticking. I got a non-Hitachi collet (it’s compatible with some Bosch collet) and that cured the issue.

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#4 posted 09-06-2018 08:38 PM

+1 on the Porter. Usually around $90 around here with both bases. A bonus if you find one with the D-handle base too.

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#5 posted 09-06-2018 08:54 PM

I like the Hitachi at that price point. Quiet, light, well balanced, variable speed, works well, and is about as close to being on budget as a new reputable brand name router is going to get. Refurb or used might stay within budget.

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#6 posted 09-06-2018 09:20 PM

I’m primarily looking for a router for circular tables and edge work. Maybe the plunger can wait?

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#7 posted 09-06-2018 09:53 PM

Try BigSkyTool.com for refurb Hitachis. I got mine there. I had to return the first one but the 2nd is good.

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#8 posted 09-06-2018 10:06 PM

Heck, if you’re just shaping edges, unless it’s really heavy cuts or hard stuff, I’d rather have something easy to hold and maneuver like a trim router. There was a fake Makita everybody in the router forums liked a while back that they were getting at Menards for really cheap. IIRC, it was also a bit stronger than the usual laminate trimmer types. If you went that way, you could put aside a big chunk of the money for a workhorse router next. Small ones will always be handy for something.

Good Luck

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#9 posted 09-07-2018 12:38 AM

I agree about PC 690 being a great router but I think it has one of the worst plunge bases. If that Dewalt is in your area and budget, it seems to be a fair deal.

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#10 posted 09-07-2018 02:14 AM

I have the Dewalt DWP611PK compact router, 1-1/4 hp with a fixed base, plunge base and carry bag. I recently picked it up and have put it to use and am very impressed with it. Plenty of power, easy to handle, has great features and appears to be of great quality. I got mine from Home Depot but see that Rockler has it on sale right now for $159. I have an older Craftsman router but wanted something with a plunge base for sign making and other purposes, thus went with the Dewalt. My Craftsman can now maintain it’s residence in the router table and save the hassle of switching from the table to portable use. It may be $9 over your budget, but it is brand new and a great functioning machine.

https://www.rockler.com/dewalt-dwp611pk-compact-router

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#11 posted 09-07-2018 03:19 AM

What do you guys think of this deal?

https://offerup.co/WBbuDaxv0P

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#12 posted 09-07-2018 04:27 AM

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#13 posted 09-07-2018 04:30 AM

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#14 posted 09-07-2018 04:37 AM


I m primarily looking for a router for circular tables and edge work. Maybe the plunger can wait?

- LeopoldWallace

This one like BattleRidge said. https://www.rockler.com/dewalt-dwp611pk-compact-router

Great little router. I got 5 of them. Remember is only has a 1/4 collect. I use my all the time for edge work. How big of router bit profiles do you need for your circular table work?

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#15 posted 09-07-2018 06:36 AM


What do you guys think of this deal?

https://offerup.co/WBbuDaxv0P

- LeopoldWallace

That Freud router is built like a tank. It has huge capacities for work, however as a handheld tool it might be a bit unwieldy for a person starting out. Kept in the router table, and you’ll want for nothing. Pull it out, and like I said your holding a tank, but a very capable tank. For that money I’d suggest stretching your budget, and also buying a Bosch Colt trim router for your handheld stuff. Nothing at all wrong with the Hitachi, or DeWalley units, it’s just the Colt works for what you want to do as a standard tool, so no need to buy a plunge base. I’ve seen them on sale at Menards with 11% off making them 54 bux + tax. For that much firepower, that is hard to beat. I’ve got a half dozen or so of them, and they work hard for a trimmer.

Just make darn sure you get to run that Freud, when Bosch bought them out, part of the agreement was they quit selling routers in the US, and it seems parts flow also stopped, so if they get broke, they tend to stay broke. So if you run that one, and anything EXCEPT a router sound is present, just walk away. I’ve got 3 of them all used fairly heavily for 7 years, a few years back, and I still count all of them among my living routers.

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#16 posted 09-07-2018 07:13 AM

More importantly, How user friendly is the router you want. I have 3 routers. all Craftsman with 1/4” and 1/2” collets, because of the ease to use, 6 speed settings allow up to 3” width panel router bits, quick height and micro adjustment, With all three bases styles. All 3 are interchangeable. Each of the bases have multiple screw holes to attach to the bottom of the table. One is in my router table. I paid $100 on each router.

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#17 posted 09-07-2018 07:42 AM

What do you guys think of this deal?
https://offerup.co/WBbuDaxv0P
- LeopoldWallace

If it wasn’t a 2+ hour trip one way for me, I’d already have bought that router combo.

Cheers,
Brad

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#18 posted 09-07-2018 07:51 AM



What do you guys think of this deal?
https://offerup.co/WBbuDaxv0P
- LeopoldWallace

If it wasn t a 2+ hour trip one way for me, I d already have bought that router combo.

Cheers,
Brad

- MrUnix


If I was in the market that would only be a 4,777 mile drive for me.

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#19 posted 09-07-2018 05:56 PM



What do you guys think of this deal?

https://offerup.co/WBbuDaxv0P

- LeopoldWallace

The FT2000E was my first dedicated table router. The motor has plenty of power, but is heavy for any hand held use. It’s worth noting that the throat opening isn’t wide enough to pass the bigger bits, like a panel cutter, making it a bit more tedious to work around. It’s also no longer made. Otherwise, it’s a great work horse for a router table. Looks like it sold already tho….

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#20 posted 09-07-2018 06:29 PM

I see that it’s sold. Did you get it?
Don…

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#21 posted 09-07-2018 07:28 PM

Nope. Looking at a used Dewalt 611 right now. I’ll keep you posted


I see that it s sold. Did you get it?
Don…

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#22 posted 09-07-2018 07:35 PM

Don’t forget to look in pawn shops, you’ll see a lot of POS ones, but I just got a PC 690 with the fixed base for $40 in good shape.

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#24 posted 09-07-2018 10:47 PM

Leo, in all fairness you aught to see this also, it is a consistant complaint. Looks like an honest review.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ZkycsCHGtE

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#25 posted 09-09-2018 03:18 AM



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#26 posted 09-09-2018 04:15 AM

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It s okay to change your mind AG …. OH! 2 of them. Why Not???

- Rick S.


Well G, I’m so happy to have your approval. That’s just awesome.

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#27 posted 09-09-2018 10:24 PM


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- AlaskaGuy

It s okay to change your mind AG …. OH! 2 of them. Why Not???

- Rick S.

Well G, I m so happy to have your approval. That s just awesome.

- AlaskaGuy

Awesome is my Middle Name. I’m Very Happy that YOU are So Happy! (Last one from me AG.)

Rick S.

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#28 posted 09-09-2018 10:58 PM


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- AlaskaGuy

It s okay to change your mind AG …. OH! 2 of them. Why Not???

- Rick S.

Well G, I m so happy to have your approval. That s just awesome.

- AlaskaGuy

Awesome is my Middle Name. I m Very Happy that YOU are So Happy! (Last one from me AG.)

Rick S.

- Rick S.


Anytime Rick.

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#29 posted 09-10-2018 12:16 AM

Just going to throw it out there…….but I bought this Craftsman fixed/plunge combo a several years ago. I bought it on sale with the intention of upgrading to a Bosch or Porter Cable down the road. However, I’m still using the Craftsman. So far, it hasn’t failed to do anything I’ve asked of it. I just used it to flatten two pretty big rounds the other day.

At $99 shipped, you’ll be 50 dollars under budget…….with a fixed and plunge base…….and money leftover for a few router bits.

Of course, Sears is circling the drain…….so the warranty might not be worth much. But I haven’t had any trouble with my craftsman full sized or palm routers. YMMV. And its not like you’re getting a warranty from Craigslist.

https://www.sears.com/craftsman-12-amp-2-hp-fixed-plunge-base-router/p-00927683000P?sid=IDx01192011x202447059&gclid=Cj0KCQjwidPcBRCGARIsALM--eM45obNtSgJ9Jv4hfkU7Ux7AJ1x7BbAwkvoDLpsUh1N6SKbodPKh1QaAj6LEALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds&dclid=COLKvJ2Sr90CFchLDAod4i8Plw

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#30 posted 09-10-2018 03:38 AM

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- AlaskaGuy

It s okay to change your mind AG …. OH! 2 of them. Why Not???

- Rick S.
Well G, I m so happy to have your approval. That s just awesome.
- AlaskaGuy

Awesome is my Middle Name. I m Very Happy that YOU are So Happy! (Last one from me AG.)

Rick S.

- Rick S.

Anytime Rick.
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