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Woodworkers, contractors, carpenters, and DIYers have all used a router at one time or another. Everyone has their preference, but regardless of how the router of your choice works, it should at least include specific features that make it easy to handle. Those features can range from ergonomic handles or horsepower to electronic feedback capabilities or speed controls. Every feature should provide a useful function and offer versatility. But if you must choose between these two, consider the pros and cons of each. Table Mounted vs. Portable Routers: The Pros and Cons
If you had to choose just one, which would you choose? Why?

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Weird question...
If you have the actual router, you can do both. A piece of plywood and a straight piece of 2x4 gives you the table.
If you actually mean which would you prefer to use(?)...it's entirely dependent on what you need to accomplish.
If you needed to do a round over on a large tabletop, for example, I'd be doing the handheld operation, but that's just me.
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Table. Because.

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what DaninVan said..
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That's a Hobson's choice, Cricket.
That's like asking if you could choose just one, what clamp would you choose?
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I couldn't do with just one. And some jobs can't be performed with one choice.

Someone I consider a master woodworker once told me that a master woodworker is not someone who never makes mistakes. He is someone who is able to cover them up so that no one can tell.
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I would take the portable, then I could build a table to put it in.
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As DaninVan said, it's the wrong question. You only have to purchase one router because you can get one with both a plunge and a fixed base. My fixed base is permanently mounted in a table and I use the plunge base hand-held. Both worlds, one router. Oh, and the table is shop-built so I didn't spend a lot of cash for that option.
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one router Oliver???
oh the blasphemy...
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I dont believe that Oliver, He's telling porkies.
How can he make that much stuff with only 1 router?
I'm a rank amateur beginner and I have 5.

My big Makita in the table is my go to machine, hands down. But if I have to round over 600 foot of planking on all four edges..... uh uh.
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