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02-01-2017 07:48 PM


I’m beginning woodworking and have been looking for used routers. Haven’t found the perfect one for me yet, so I figured I’d throw a post up to see if anyone has one they’d like to part with. Ideally it would have multiple bases, but that’s not a requirement. I do want 1/2 inch bit capability. Trying to keep it around or less than $100. Let me know if you have something that fits the bill!


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#1 posted 02-01-2017 08:08 PM

porter cable 690 series been great for me. some of the palm routers are convenient as well but do not take 1/2” bits.

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#2 posted 02-01-2017 09:26 PM

+1 on Porter Cable. I have a PC base that is about 40 years old and the new motor fits perfectly. I love the backwards compatibility. Check your local Craig’s list. There were at least half a dozen routers listed in the Denver, Colorado Springs areas earlier today.

-- Sawdust Maker

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#3 posted 02-01-2017 09:47 PM

The better dual base combos run beyond budget… closer to $160-$250+ for the Milwaukee, Bosch, PC, DW, Makita. The Hitachi KM12VC kit is pretty decent IMO and typically costs a little less. The current line of Craftsman routers gets mainly positive comments for hobby use….those run closer to budget (~ $125 now). You might find some deals on refurbished routers.

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#4 posted 02-01-2017 11:50 PM

My goal is to find something used, but sadly the Omaha Craigslist is very slim pickings on them. There are a grand total of two, both old craftsman. I’ll keep my eye out for a porter cable, and might end up buying a new one.

Thanks for the advice!

-- I mostly make firewood...

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#5 posted 02-05-2017 03:18 PM


I’m not going to knock the PC690 as I have 2, but finding a used one with a plunge base can be hard and buying the plunge base by itself is minimum $60. If you use your router much, you are going to want the plunge base sooner or later. Also, because they’ve made this series of routers for a long time, your Craigslist Porter Cable find may be an older model. It may work fine, but won’t have some of the more pleasant new features like self releasing chucks, electronic speed controllers, etc.

My buddy has the Bosch 1617EVSK kit and I’ve used his router a number of times and really like it, to the point I’ve been considering selling one of the 690s I have and getting the kit for myself.

If you are ok with refurbished, then I would suggest looking at CPO Bosch where you can get the Bosch kit for $169 as a refurb.,default,pd.html

It’s a little more than the stated budget at $169, but you know what you are getting and based on what I’ve seen on CL around Houston, finding a decent used PC690 with a fixed base for less than $80 to $85 is pretty difficult unless it’s an older one.

Also, while I generally believe that router dust collection is a bit of a unicorn, my buddy has the dust hood kit for his Bosch setup and it works surprisingly well.

I’m normally the last guy to buy any tools brand new, but in this case I’d recommend seriously considering the Bosch refurb kit.


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#6 posted 02-05-2017 06:38 PM

A fellow can get by without a plunge router, but he will want one sooner or later. Might as well take the full price plunge (pun intended). I have two of the Bosch 1617 kits and love them. And recently I got the plunge base for the Bosch Colt, which was a wonderful addition to the routers.

If you are truly limited to $100, look at the Ryobi. Not great, but not bad. And the Harbor Freight fixed base works pretty well. A friend has one, and has no complaints.

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#7 posted 02-06-2017 02:30 AM

There are a lot of good routers for sale. Of the major brands, the only one I would specifically advise against is Freud. Specifically, both the fixed and plunge bases on the ones I have used are not mechanically robust. I have an almost new one that just sits in a drawer because the depth adjustment won’t stay where you put it and the plunge base does not work smoothly, no matter how much I lubricate or adjust it. My favorite hand held kit is the Dewalt 618PKB. For a table router, I use an old Hitachi 3.5 horsepower model M12V. It is obsolete now but I just can’t wear the thing out. I have heard the updated model isn’t as good.

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#8 posted 02-06-2017 02:35 AM

I’m thinking about going with this craftsman fixed and plunge combo. It’s in budget and people say it’s pretty decent

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#9 posted 02-06-2017 12:59 PM

Looks like a good choice for a first router in your budget range. A lot of us started with a whole lot worse. It will let you figure out what you want and need in a router, and the Craftsman may be the end all solution. If not, using the Craftsman will allow you to upgrade to another based on your wants, need and experience. I have purchased 11 routers over the past 32 years, and still have my first one; a B & D 1/4” only 1.5hp oldie but goodie. Welcome to the Fraternal Order of Woodworkers. It is a fun, informal and loosely affiliated organization to be a member of. Good Luck, Work Safely and Have Fun!

-- "Now I'm just another old guy wearing funny clothes"

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#10 posted 02-08-2017 08:23 PM

By any chance have you searched the Sears Outlet website?

They have a reconditioned 2 HP with fixed and plunge bases, that accepts 1/2” and 1/4” collets for around $80 at the Indiana store (I am going to assume you are in Omaha Nebraska and not Omaha Indiana :) otherwise its a 60 minute drive). And they will ship UPS. Since it’s Sears they dont gouge you with inflated shipping rates. I purchased a few things from them and had them deliver to my local Sears Outlet as well (so it doesn’t sit on the porch while I’m at work)

Check out this link

Sears Outlet Evansville IN

-- Jeff ~ Tacoma Wa.

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#11 posted 02-09-2017 01:50 AM

That’s a great deal Jeff! But I’m not seeing an option for shipping it. Is that something that you have to call for or something?

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#12 posted 02-09-2017 01:54 AM

I have that same router, bought as a kit. It costs $170 out the door around here at the time I bought it. No issues with it.

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#13 posted 02-10-2017 09:24 PM

For some stores the there is a shipping button after adding it to your cart. Might be best to call. If they wont ship send me a message, there is one of these in stock at the Sears Outlets by my office. I’ll buy it and ship it out to you.

-- Jeff ~ Tacoma Wa.

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#14 posted 02-25-2017 04:03 AM

I’ve gotten most of my tools, including my porter cable 1/2” router at auctions. Check out It’s always a crapshoot what you will find and what the prices will be.

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#15 posted 02-27-2017 04:26 AM

Craigslist finally came through for me. I got a nice Milwaukee fixed and plunge combo for $90, so I’m happy. I wanted to say thanks to everyone who responded. Jeff in particular, thanks so much for offering to get that craftsman for me.

-- I mostly make firewood...

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