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Old 06-12-2011, 07:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am looking for an affordable plunge laminate router for making flutes, and shelf pin holes and various other jobs. I ran across Professional Woodworker 7.8 Amp Plunge Router at Home Depot, available on line only and I cannot find any reviews. Has anyone ever heard of this or used it? Thanks

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Old 06-12-2011, 08:09 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Wow. you're right, not a one review on any site. I've never heard of that router, which doesn't mean to much, but I'd be leary at buying anything that could be brand new like this looks to be.
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Welcome, Do a google search on" Best routers" or just routers ,sure there will be one to catch Your eye ... I would be leary on that Proffesional unless someone has a link to some info
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Just taken a look. The router looks a lot like one of a plethora of Chinese low-cost plunge routers we've seen in Europe over the last 6 to 8 years and sold under a variety of names like Ferm FBF-8E, Power Devil PDW5037, etc. I've looked at those in the stores and whilst they're hardly what I'd call "high end woodworking power tools" they do appear to be competent and cost buttons. I just don't think I'd take one out on a job site

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Hi Jerry

As Phil says, these have been knocked out under various brand names. They are basically a copy of the very successful ELU MOF96. I've a couple, one by Enhell and another I got from Brico. The Einhell one I bought down here and have had for some years and has worked well, although I've not used it for continuous heavy work. I bought the other one because I liked the first one, the design is not bad and an extra router can be handy for jobs needing more than one cutter. It was also only 30 bucks and for occasional use will be fine. I've other routers for heavy work.
The great thing with them is that they are a very standardized design. They may not come with all the bells and whistles, but if you need them, everyone else's seem to fit. It is one of their greatest USPs, yet they never seem to mention it. I've used Ryobi micro adjustable fences, Trend guide bushes and Iskra fine depth adjustment on them and they work as if they were made for them. I also like the flat top for sitting it on when changing cutters. If I ever need bearings, I can buy them down the road.
You are going to be limited to 1/4" shank cutters, but this may not matter to you.
No-one pretends this is a heavy duty router. It isn't. But it is a good entry level machine based on a sound original design and if you find you need something heavier duty further down the line, it will still come in handy as a second machine for little jobs. The heavy duty routers are also, well, heavier and if you don't need or feel comfortable with a heavy beast, these are OK. If you decide routing is not for you later, it isn't a big investment, either.

On the other hand, you should be able to get them cheaper than that. My Einhell one cost half that and came with a dozen TCT cutters as well as a 30mm guide bush, 6mm and 8mm collets, fence dust extraction, and circle pivot, all packed in a fitted wooden box. (I picked up a couple of 1/4" collets for it in the UK very cheaply, about 5 Bucks each, as Einhell also sell Imperial ones in the UK. )
The latest one lacked the cutters and came in a cardboard box, but still had the guide bush, collets, dust extraction and fence, again for around 30 bucks. I'd look around for similar ones with other brand names from big box places. You should be able to get a better deal pricewise.

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Based on Peter's post, this might do the trick for you. For me, $70 is a lot to spend on spec, though. For the uses you described, I'd rather buy the Trend at not quite twice the $$.
But what do I know? I'm sure I've spent that much trying out different Scotches.
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Mine's a Laphroaig Gene !

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Hi Jerry

I have not seen one but I would suggest getting a T4 router, no name routers are just that...

Buy Trend T4 1.1 HP VS Plunge Router at Woodcraft.com

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Mine's a Laphroaig Gene !

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Peter,
That was one of my mistakes! Laphroaig is a mite too peaty for my delicate palate.
I'm sticking to GlenFiddich, for now.
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Laphroaig is a mite too peaty for my delicate palate.
In that case, Gene, avoid Caol Ila, my personal favourite. If it's not too far off topic maybe you'd like something like Blackadder (the whisky, not the TV show)
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