Reliable, versatile trim router kit

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Review by SchotterWoodworking posted 02-08-2010 03:27 AM 3041 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’ve been using this model of trim router in a commercial cabinet shop which produces over 50 finished cabinets a week, dozens of plastic laminate countertops, and massive reception desks. These are the only trim routers we have in the shop and they get abused all week long. Several of them have been in service over 4 years without any major repairs (brush replacements and a fan here and there). I bought this kit off Ebay used for my home shop. The underscribe base is great for people who do a lot of plastic laminate/veneer work. The offset base is nice for doing awkward routing inside cabinets for locks and other hardware. It’s a workhorse and a real testament to what PC should keep doing to maintain their brand. If you don’t do a lot of plastic laminate/ veneer work, or a lot of post assembly cabinet work, skip out on the deluxe kit and just get the trim router by itself.

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#1 posted 02-08-2010 03:39 AM

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#2 posted 02-08-2010 03:51 AM

Sorry for the mistake, I meant 50 finished cabinets a day. Most of our stuff goes into hospitals and schools. The shop is called Euronique Inc. based in Elberfeld, Indiana. A small shop with big dreams.

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#3 posted 02-08-2010 03:54 AM

I bought one of these several years ago to do a bunch of drywall work- cut outs for electrical boxes etc. It is my favorite little router. It even works great with the Porter Cable inlay kit.


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#4 posted 02-08-2010 07:37 AM

I’ve had this set with the underscribe, offset and the tilt bases for 7 years now. They’ve accomplished jobs no little laminate router should ever have to attempt. One of the best tool investments I’ve ever made. Kind of a niche tool. Not everybody would say they have enough use for it to spend the money but they’d be surprised how often these specialty bases come in handy to do that ONE job that has you wondering. The only real downside to this set is the limited height adjustment.

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#5 posted 02-08-2010 02:12 PM

Thanks for the review. I have been considering getting one of these.

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#6 posted 02-10-2010 08:41 PM

My experience w/ these trimmers has been good. Used them for years w/ very little problems. The bases are not totally secure (true perpendicular to the axis of the bit) but for most purposes are pretty good. If you want the best trimmer on the market buy the more expensive Porter cable trimmer. Do not buy the Bosch Colt trimmer. A complete waste of a product. No power whatsoever. The only thing you can concievably do w/ it is trim vertical grade laminate VERY SLOWLY. Stick with Porter Cable.

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