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Forum topic by TomB19 posted 02-07-2014 08:10 PM 1471 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-07-2014 08:10 PM

I have a couple of routers: Milwaukee 5625 (table mounted), 3 x Hitachi M12VC, and a 20 year old PC 690 dual base kit. Not one of those routers is underpowered for my needs. I have no need of removing massive material in one pass with a 3 1/2 inch panel bit. If I were doing it again, I’d go with a affordable Hitachi in my main router table, too.

The only plunge router I have is the old PC and it’s OK. I should probably just pipe down and use it but I’m looking for something different.

I’d like something stable so I can trim laminate with less risk of botching it and I thought it could also be a general purpose plunger. I might be looking for a perspective on this, as much as router advice.

Does anyone use a DeWalt 611P for general purpose plunge routing? It looks like it would be a nice little router. I would have to re-purchase quite a few bits in 1/4” shank but maybe that’s not a big deal.

The Milwaukee 2-1/4 Max HP EVS Multi-Base Router Kit looks like nice mid range router and it takes 1/2” bits.

I’ve never had a decent plunger and it would have been nice to have on a couple of projects.

Any perspectives offered will be appreciated. Thanks!

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#1 posted 02-07-2014 08:42 PM

I replaced one of my 690’s with a Milwaukee 5616 because it has a longer stroke on the plunge. It also accept the PC edge guide I had for the 690. The 5616 more easily swaps between bases than the 690 as well (at least the older ones, don’t know of the newer 690’s changed that). Since you already have the 5625 in your table, the collets and so on will interchange with it….probably not a big deal, but if you get some off sizes (3/8” or 8MM, for example) it will fit both your hand held and table routers.

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#2 posted 02-07-2014 11:36 PM

I like how you have “a couple of routers,” then name five.

The little Dewalts are nice. I don’t imagine you’d need more than a few bits in 1/4 inch shank, honestly. A few straight bits, maybe a spiral or two, and a pattern bit maybe. Certainly not a huge number.

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#3 posted 02-10-2014 05:10 AM

Thanks, gents. I appreciate you taking the time to answer my question. Good information, too.

Jonah, mentioning I have a few routers does seem odd, now that I think of it. I wasn’t trying to pretend I’m a wealthy man. I’m not. I guess it was an incompetent way of illustrating that I’m happy with relatively modest gear.

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#4 posted 02-10-2014 10:00 AM

The Milwaukee plunge base is my favorite of the handful I’ve used.

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#5 posted 02-10-2014 03:14 PM


Remember, admitting you HAVE a PROBLEM is the first step to CURING the PROBLEM…

Hi! My name is Herb and I have a FEW routers…

< GRIN >


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#6 posted 02-10-2014 03:22 PM

The plunge base for the M12VC is pretty decent if you want to save a few bucks. Buy just the base. Not as compact as a DW611, but a very capable plunger. I like it better than the 690 plunge base.

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#7 posted 02-10-2014 03:25 PM

Fred, I think you have RAD. AKA as “router acquisition disorder”!!! Bud news there is no cure.

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#8 posted 02-10-2014 04:06 PM

the compact router is my go to for profilies love it, it’s lite and easy to manage, have a Bosch colt and a PC 450 in plunge very easy to handle and control

-- Staining killed the wood<<<<<>>>>>Dyeing gave it life

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#9 posted 05-24-2014 07:15 PM


After asking this question, I went for the Milwaukee but now BusyBee has the DW611PK on for $140 CDN so I just ordered one.

I just thought I’d share this deal with fellow Canadian jocks. :)

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