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I have a Milwaukee 5615 plunge router and need to rig a plunge bar to accommodate my new Woodrat. I can't find an accessory on Milwaukee's site. Does anyone know of a third-party option?

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I always thought that the plunge bars were made by Woodrat. In looking at their site they do not list your router. Here is a link that has some information about fitting one brand plunge bar to another brand router. They also have an email address for support. http://woodrat.com/downloads/PlungeBar_Guide.pdf
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Thanks. WR says that routers whose base holes run "north and south" won't work with their plunge bars. That's the set-up with my MKE. I'm hoping that someone who has been down this path before me has figured out how to rig an adequate plunge bar. Otherwise, I'll have a very slightly used Milwaukee plunge/fixed for sale.
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When you see the amount of torque generated by the plunge bars on the router mechanism, you'll realize that this is not an application which would allow for flimsiness.

Used DeWalt 625s appear all the time for sale on eBay for significantly less than $100, so why invite trouble. Among my routers I own a Festool OF 1400, and I would prefer to use it on the WR because of excellent dust collection. But no plunge bar is made for that model. I've seen homebuilt contraptions on a few websites, but they look unreliable.

Moreover, contrary to what the folks at WoodRat might say, mounting and dismounting a router on the machine is NOT simple as 1-2-3. You'll want to have more than router. Use the router you've got for freehand routing, and buy a dedicated router for the WR.

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Thanks, Gary. I just have to figure out how to sneak another router into the shop. I also have a PC690 fixed base, which also does me no good for the WR.
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Thanks, Gary. I just have to figure out how to sneak another router into the shop. I also have a PC690 fixed base, which also does me no good for the WR.
Hi Larry - Just tell the Mrs you need an accessory for the Woodrat

Gary's right, 625's show up on eBay all the time at substantially less than $100, trouble is, they seldom leave for less than $150-200. I've been watching those guys. Anyway, may look at this one for a less expensive alternative:
Hitachi M12V ½” 3-1/4 Peak HP Router, Plunge, Electronic Variable Speed (Reconditioned)
Lee Valley lists it under Plunge Bar 3 I believe.
Good Luck.
Oh, decide to get rid of the Milwaukee, I doubt you will have any trouble.

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Thanks, John. The WR is arriving tomorrow. I have to sneak that into the shop first :-)
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