I'm just starting out with routing, but I'm the type who would rather research first before jumping in. I'm just a woodworking hobbyist/DIY, so I don't need top of the line tools...yet.
Anyway, I'm in the process of buying my first router and I need some advice/opinions on which model to purchase. I've narrowed it down to the following two models:
The way I see it, each one has its good points in terms of purchasing:
- reliable brand name
- buying from Mitre10 looks pretty safe (400 stores in Australia)
- good price
- seems to include a lot of good accessories (ie guides, straight edges, etc)
- easy to purchase from Bunnings
- a tad cheaper ($10)
- I have Ryobi drills and driver and circ saw, and have never had a problem with them
- Ryobi are offering a 4 year warranty with all corded tools (registering them online)
So, for a hobbyist/DIYer like myself, which way should I go?
Anyone's help would be appreciated.
I have just gone through the same thing, I wanted a decent powered 1/2" router which was cheap, (didn't want to pay $400 - $500), so I narrowed it down to the same two or a used Hitachi TR-12 which are getting long in the tooth now.
I looked at the Ryobi, which seems like a toy to me, and the Makita seemed very well made, so I purchased the Makita from TotalTools for the same price you have seen, it's the same every where.
It will roar through everything I throw at it, the collet has no play at all, it has spindle lock and comes with a Makita 1/2" straight bit, 1/4" reducer sleeve, straight guide and a circular guide etc.
It's single speed but if you won't be using bits larger than 30mm diameter the 22,000rpm no load speed is fine IMO (I have tried it with a lock mitre bit and cut fine as well). No soft start but mine is in a router table so no problem with that either. I plan to build a Silicon Chip soft start speed controller later on so that won't be a problem with larger bits either.
The only bad things about this router is that plunge mechanism can bind, this is if you push down on one handle only it will tend to bind a bit, it won't if you press down on both handles or even gently press on the top with one handle, the springs in the Makita are not nearly as strong as my Bosch router which I put down as the cause of this. I have a lift in my table so it's not a problem for me and wouldn't be a problem using it free hand. The other thing for using it free hand is that it has a switch like the older Makita's and the Hitachi TR-12, so you can turn it on and leave it on, which is fine for table use, on my Bosch you have to press in a button and pull the trigger switch to get it to work, which is an extra safety feature.
Overall though, the Makita M3600G is a bargain IMO, great power, no comparison to my 1200watt Bosch (either Bosch are overstating or Makita are understating theirs), seems like double that to me, solid build, great depth adjustment. For that money I wouldn't hesitate buying one again. https://www.totaltools.com.au/109044...-router-m3600g