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Router for handmade signs

What is everybody using? Years ago I made a LOT of hand routed signs, name signs, etc. I had a nice compact Skill half horse that I put a clear base on. Made some small handles to fit the base. It was a great little router.

Going to be doing some traveling this winter and want to start making hand made signs again. Thinking about the PC450. Weighs only 4.1 lbs. Any thoughts? Thanks
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What is everybody using? Years ago I made a LOT of hand routed signs, name signs, etc. I had a nice compact Skill half horse that I put a clear base on. Made some small handles to fit the base. It was a great little router.

Going to be doing some traveling this winter and want to start making hand made signs again. Thinking about the PC450. Weighs only 4.1 lbs. Any thoughts? Thanks
Ted,

I use the Dewalt 611 w/ the plunge base. I also use a PC 100 Heritage. I have been looking at the Makita 3606, too. Anything small to mid-size I think will work. Main thing is to find something that is comfortable for you to use.

I think the PC 450 is the same as the Dewalt 611?

If it feels comfortable...use it

Good luck,

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I use the Bosch palm and its excellent for me.
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I was leaning towards the PC 450 but for 20 bucks more to have the LEDs and variable speed on the Dewalt might be worth it. Best price so far on both was Amazon. Don't know how they do it. Free shipping too.
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What is everybody using? Years ago I made a LOT of hand routed signs, name signs, etc. I had a nice compact Skill half horse that I put a clear base on. Made some small handles to fit the base. It was a great little router.

Going to be doing some traveling this winter and want to start making hand made signs again. Thinking about the PC450. Weighs only 4.1 lbs. Any thoughts? Thanks
I believe someone already stated this but finding a router your comfortable with is what I would suggest. I bought a craftsman from Walmart for about $70 that I started with and inherited a porter cable that I prefer to use because of many of the features it has making it easier for me to use and based on the size it's easier to handle IMO.

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Nice thread, thanks for the info!
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