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05-17-2010 06:58 PM

I am looking to buy a Makita RF1101KIT2 two-base router kit. Are there any known issues with it? Any input will be appreciated. It’s off CL, listed in good condition for $180.00. Is it worth that much? Thank you.

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#1 posted 05-18-2010 02:28 AM

I don’t have that particular model, but I’ve used Makita and Hitachi for the last 40 years and never had a bad unit. If it is in good condition, it should be a good buy. I would check Amazon first and you might find new for that price. I just bought a new Hitachi M12VS 3 1/4 hp plunge router for $189.00. Free shipping and no taxes. Rand

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#2 posted 05-18-2010 03:26 AM

I purchased a Makita (RF1100) 2 base router several years ago. However, I have never used the fixed base and, in retrospect, I wonder why people buy 2 base routers. I see no need for a fixed base except for when you are mounting your router in a table. Most people, including me, have a separate router for their table (fixed base) and another router for hand held use (plunge).

The router has performed well. It is a mid-level router in terms of power. I have one petty complaint. When I loosen the collet to remove a bit, the bit seldom comes out freely. First I leave the nut on the collet and tap it with a hammer. If that does not work, I remove the nut and place a small screwdriver tip in the crack between 2 of the “fingers” that hold the bit and tap the screwdriver with a hammer. I really hate that second step because I fear I could damage the collet of the bit. Nonetheless, sometimes I have to go to the second step to get the bit out.

I own 2 other routers and neither one of them has this problem.

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#3 posted 05-18-2010 07:14 AM

I’m not a big fan of Skill Power tools but a year ago I saw an ad for a Skill Plunge/Fixed base (2 Seperate Units that the “Motorised Unit” Slides into) Router with a Hard Case and a number of Fittings that go with it.

Went and had a look, didn’t own any Routers at the time. So I sprung for the $150.00 Bucks which I thought was pretty inexpensive. VERY Pleased with it!! Lots of Power, easy to change bits, built in light, etc. Still see it advertised at the same price.

Since then I bought a Router Table and a BOSCH Colt Palm Router. LOVE that little guy! 1HP 16,000 to 35,000 RPM $169.00 at Home Depot with Hard Case and a few fittings. Now the Skill stays attached to the Router Table, which is Fine with me …LOL..

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#4 posted 05-18-2010 07:45 AM

I’m not familiar with any issues with the Makita kit, but $180 seems high if it’s used….even if it’s new, buying off CL usually means no return priveleges if there’s a problem. Unless it’s a substantial savings, it’s not worth the risk IMO. Tyler Tool has a refurbed Makita kit for $160.

That same general price range gets you into or pretty close to a Milwaukee 5616, DW618, PC892, Bosch 1617EVSPK, Hitachi M12VC, etc. All very nice routers.

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#5 posted 05-18-2010 04:35 PM

I’d like to thank everybody for their input. I’ll pass on this one, as I’m not in a big hurry. One day a better deal will come up. Have a great day in the WW shop.

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#6 posted 05-20-2010 04:32 AM

Got a rockler outlet deal email that had this in it:

Save $33 on the DeWalt DW618 2-1/4 HP Router w/Soft Start
Sale $144.99 (Reg. $177.99)

I’ll forward it to you if you send me your email address. And it was great to meet you Sunday – enjoyed it.

-- Scott

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#7 posted 05-20-2010 06:42 AM

I cant stress it enough. Portercable routers kick butt.
They have a great multi base kit at lowes right now. You cant beat a portercable router.

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#8 posted 05-27-2010 06:40 AM

I prefer PC too

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#9 posted 05-27-2010 07:43 AM

I own the PC 690 and the 8529, love them both. I would love to purchase another one for under the router table, but I’m reading on some forums that they aren’t made as good as they use to be. That there’s been some problems now that they are made in China. Has anyone else heard this or had problems with the newer routers?

Right now, I have my plunge router under the table and want to take it out to use as a hand held unit. I would like to find another PC that would be a good fit for the table. Heavy enough for raised panels.

Any thoughts and suggestions?

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