As mentioned in my thread in the new member intro section, I picked up a used router on a whim (went to buy something else, and seller mentioned he had a router, which I ended up buying - it's a Hitachi TR-12). Trying to get a handle on what I have.
Pics of the router and table setup (purchased together), pics of this mounted to a Workmate, pics of the router's plate that is used to attach to the metal table insert, pics of collet.
The plate that is attached to the bottom of the router and mates it to the table insert - is this an aftermarket piece? If I wanted to do a little hand routing, would I remove that plate and just use the base underneath that plate?
Looking at the manual for this router (don't think I can link it yet, but it's the first search result for "hitachi tr-12 manual"), seems I'm missing the stopper pole. Is that something I need to use the router inside a table? I'm also missing the various accessories - straight guide, bar holder, trimmer guide, wrenches, etc. - pretty much everything shown as "standard accessories" in the manual. I'm guessing I won't need most of this for under-table use?
When I removed the bit that came with the router, it looks like there are 4 parts to that assembly:
- upper nut that I put a wrench on - is this the collet nut?
- threaded piece that I put a wrench on - is this the collet?
The shank on the bit is 1/4", so I guess that means I have the 1/4" collet? Seller didn't include a 1/2" collet. Can I get the bits I need in 1/4"? My intended use is cutting rabbets, dados and grooves and doing roundovers. Not planning on any fine woodworking. A few projects I have in mind include a plyometric box, drawers for my workbench, and garage shelving.