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Forum topic by BlueRidgeDog posted 01-18-2022 02:52 PM 487 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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BlueRidgeDog

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01-18-2022 02:52 PM

I have an assortment of Porter Cable routers. I use them a great deal. I no longer have a plunge base (they break when dropped on concrete from bench level….so I observe).

I think I might get one of the new compact routers with a plunge base. Most of my routing is furniture making related, so lighter cuts, more finesse needed than power.

What do you recommend? Perhaps I should just buy a new base for my current PC router?

Way back in the day, it was PC and Makita, but tools have changed and I have not kept up. I know the stuff I buy now is not as good as what it was. Some are just “zombie” brands that have no connection to the original.

I was looking at the Dewalt compact router, you can get a dust port for it, has a nice fence and seems robust. It only takes 1/4” bits, so there is that (all my PC routers can take either 1/4 or 1/2 and I generally buy 1/2…but can buy bits for what I need if 1/4 is the new format). The motor is used in many small CNC systems, so I suspect it is good (soft start etc).


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brtech

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#1 posted 01-18-2022 03:12 PM

Yeah, the Dewalt and the Bosch Colt are my gotos for compact routers. The battery powered Dewalt is particularly nice for grab and go trimming jobs. A bit top heavy but great none the less.

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#2 posted 01-18-2022 03:45 PM

I was torn on getting the Dewalt 611 combo kit or the newer Bosch combo kit. I was overanalyzing the decision as I always do but finally saw the price drop on the Dewalt to like $20 less than the Bosch so I ran and picked it up. No complaints and have used both bases quite a bit. Although this reminds me i need to order the dust collection adapter…

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wildwoodbybrianjohns

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#3 posted 01-18-2022 06:00 PM

I have this kit, and love it.

-- WWBBJ: the first to compare a woman´s cheek to a rose was a poet. The second, an idiot. Dali

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#4 posted 01-18-2022 06:08 PM

I started with a Ryobi—but …

I now have the same kit that wildwoodbybrianjohns posted a picture of (in the above comment). I also love it. More powerful than the Ryobi compact router, soft start, and the angle base is wonderful.

I based my decision to get the Makita on the advice of Johnathan Katz-Moses in this video

The rack and pinion depth is kind of funky, but the rest of the router is solid (and few routers have so many base options).

-- Devin, SF, CA

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#5 posted 01-18-2022 06:12 PM

Another vote for the Makita. I have one and am gonna get a second so I can leave one router permanently setup for roundovers. The little plunge base is super for my circle/arc cutting needs.

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#6 posted 01-19-2022 12:23 AM

Does the Makita have a light?

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#7 posted 01-19-2022 04:25 AM

My choice would be DeWalt, it has a light too

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#8 posted 01-19-2022 05:02 AM

I have a number of Makita tools and am generally happy with them. However, the one tool I have been dissatisfied with is the compact router. I was using it recently to rout out a 3/4” groove in a crosscut sled to accept a T-track, and after I started the plunge the bit must have loosened enough to drop down and plough out a slot that ended up 1/8” deeper than I set the depth for. The next time I used the router to cut some dados for cabinetry, I made sure I cranked down on the collet. Nonetheless, the dado ended up being slight deeper as I went from one end to the other. I’m not quite ready to junk it, but I am disappointed.

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BlueRidgeDog

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#9 posted 01-19-2022 11:13 AM



I I started the plunge the bit must have loosened enough to drop down and plough out a slot that ended up 1/8” deeper than I set the depth for.

- Kudzu

I have found that 1/4” shank bits will pull down when cutting too deep in one pass. I have to limit my passes to 1/4” max.

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#10 posted 01-19-2022 10:24 PM


I I started the plunge the bit must have loosened enough to drop down and plough out a slot that ended up 1/8” deeper than I set the depth for.

- Kudzu

I have found that 1/4” shank bits will pull down when cutting too deep in one pass. I have to limit my passes to 1/4” max.

- BlueRidgeDog


If you are doing a lot of deep cuts, you probably don’t want a compact router anyway. The right tool for the job is alway the way to go.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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