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Forum topic by Carloz posted 12-11-2016 06:27 PM 1263 views 0 times favorited 20 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-11-2016 06:27 PM

i understand a palm router is more convenient than a full size router for many tasks. But for a hobby use is there anything that a palm router does that cannot be accomplished with a good ( I have Bosch MRC23) full size router without too much fuss?

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#1 posted 12-11-2016 06:40 PM

For twenty bucks (current flyer), why not?
I love these little guys so much I hardly ever use my big router, which is by the way a Bosch like yours.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#2 posted 12-11-2016 07:04 PM

There used a lot for laminate work and anywhere you would need good hand control around corners of small pieces, etc…..

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#3 posted 12-11-2016 07:24 PM

The trimmer is the block plane of the routers. Especially good for gaining hinges and freehand work. Just be careful not to try and swing a too large bit. It will kill it in no time.

-- Mama calls me Texcaster but my real name is Mr. Earl.

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#4 posted 12-11-2016 07:34 PM

But for a hobby use is there anything that a palm router does that cannot be accomplished with a good ( I have Bosch MRC23) full size router without too much fuss?

They are a great convenience for a lot of things. I love my Bosch Colt for plastic laminate work. To answer your question, no they are not essential and you can get by without one as I did for many years.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#5 posted 12-11-2016 09:31 PM

I have one small router (Bosch Colt) and I think I might get another one. Just put a roundover bit in one of them and leave it there forever.

Everybody needs at least one trim router. Sure, you can put a little roundover bit in a big router, but it’s a little overkill and a bit heavy and bulky.

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#6 posted 12-11-2016 10:10 PM

If in doubt by a HF router like Paul suggested and see how much you use it.


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#7 posted 12-11-2016 10:14 PM

I keep asking myself and others the same question. While mostly I’m told that life isn’t worth living without a trim router, I’ve still not bought one and still haven’t suffered any fatal consequences from not doing so. Maybe I’ll pick p one of those HF guys and see what happens.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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#8 posted 12-12-2016 11:12 PM

I love my little Makita trim router and have purchased the plunge base for it as well. I don’t remember the last time that I used my normal 2.25HP Ridgid router. I do however do most of my router work on a table with a heavy as poo 3.25HP Triton.

-- My "projects" always look better when your glasses are broken.

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#9 posted 12-12-2016 11:21 PM

—- How necessary is trim router?—-

Well, I don’t have one, so I guess not very ;)

But I don’t do anything that a regular sized router can’t handle easily. Some find having both handy for what they do, and still others would wither away and die without one!


-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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#10 posted 12-12-2016 11:48 PM

I bought the HF version shipwright posted to “test the waters” a few years ago. It still the first router I look for unless I need to use a bigger bit.

-- Proud owner of an electronics free workshop. Please check your cell phone at the door!

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#11 posted 12-13-2016 01:11 AM

Use a Porter Cable trim router with offset base for free hand stuff mostly.

Used on G’gaughter’s turtle stool name engraved in seat with 3/16” bit.

-- Youngsville, LA

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#12 posted 12-13-2016 01:40 AM

If it were me and I was considering getting a trim router, I would go with the thought that it’s a tool I could use and I wouldn’t waste any money trying a Harbor Freight trim router. At least get you a Rigid. Trim routers are cheap enough to seek out a descent brand and have yourself a descent router from the get go.
Although many others are happy with HF routers, I’m not one of them.

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#13 posted 12-13-2016 01:44 AM

I too have one and keep a 1/4 round over in it most of the time.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#14 posted 12-13-2016 04:04 AM

If you are actively shopping for one, Grizzly has this one on sale. I know nothing about it, but thinking about getting one. The price is right.

-- Matt - Phoenix, AZ

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#15 posted 12-13-2016 04:53 AM

Short answer, no you do not need one. How convenient and useful is the tool? For some as posted they see no need. Others think the world of them and as some posted cannot live without one. LOL.

I have a HF and for less than $20 this tool has more than paid me back in shear time saved. Like someone else posted I keep a roundover bit in it all the time. Would I get a HF again or upgrade? Well it ain’t broke so I am not going to worry about it today. Or maybe I don’t want to get hammered for saying this gem at HF it ain’t that bad. LOL

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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