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post #11 of 14 (permalink) Old 10-01-2019, 12:54 PM
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And at CPO it's $179 plus free shipping on 1st order for the factory refurbished. See,pd.html
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Originally Posted by sreilly View Post
And at CPO it's $179 plus free shipping on 1st order for the factory refurbished. See,pd.html
that's for the kit...
stand alone 1617 is 99$...

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From our posts, it's obvious that router choice is a personal thing. Pick routers of the better brand names that you feel most comfortable with, that have 1/2" bit capability and can hold the Leigh bushings, which are based on the original Porter Cable bushing designs. Get yourself a cone shaped bushing centering tool, and you should be in business. Wax the top of your Leigh Jig and the VRS and the base of your router with Johnson't Paste Wax, or an equivalent wax that does not contain silicone, and start cutting dovetails. Practice a few times before beginning to cut the good wood. The Leigh Jig manual is second to none. Follow it carefully and your dovetails should be perfect or nearly so on your first attempt.


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Don't buy used! Routers have relatively short lives when used in production. Collets wear, bearings wear, switches fail, especially the variable speed ones. Cords go to pot and parts are relatively expensive. Some routers have very difficult to remove bearings on the collet end. Best done with your impact wrench. Many of the new routers are now made in China, might be OK?? Check the label.
Heavy is good. Easier to control. 1/2" shank bits should be used whenever possible. Triger in handle is much better than some place else.
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