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My wife and I stopped at Woodcraft this afternoon and saw the special for a 3 1/4 HP Freud router and table for $400. She told me to get it for my Christmas pressent. However, I didn't think that's what I need to learn about this tool. I have been reading the reviews and think I should get about a 2 1/2 HP router I can freehand with. Afterall, I can get one for around $225 and still have some money left for some bits.
What bits should I get to learn the tool; cheap ones, or carbide?
What accesoriries should I get, if any?

Thanks for your help!

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My wife and I stopped at Woodcraft this afternoon and saw the special for a 3 1/4 HP Freud router and table for $400. She told me to get it for my Christmas pressent. However, I didn't think that's what I need to learn about this tool. I have been reading the reviews and think I should get about a 2 1/2 HP router I can freehand with. Afterall, I can get one for around $225 and still have some money left for some bits.
What bits should I get to learn the tool; cheap ones, or carbide?
What accesoriries should I get, if any?

Thanks for your help!

Bob
Hi Bob, welcome to the forums.
Wish my wife would tell me to get a $400 setup for Xmas.
She told me she wanted something that will go from 0 to 150 in about three seconds. I asked her why she wanted another bathroom scale. Hasn't spoken to me since.
Anyway, I have a 2 1/4 hp Freud and 2 1/4 hp Hitachi, both with plunge and fixed bases and either can be had for under $200. I like them both for different reasons and each can do one job better than the other, especially in plunge mode. Many here have the sears kit which is also in the low $100 range and most who have them report that they like them.
As far as bits go, I will split the difference with you and suggest cheap carbide for starters. Avoid HSS. If you do much of anything with plywood or MDF you will spend more time shopping than routing. My starter bits are a set of about 30, 1/4" shank carbide bits similar to those on eBay for about $40. As those wore out I replaced them with higher end and mostly 1/2" shank bits. The ones I haven't worn out I have likely never used.
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Hi Bob,

I have that router and it is a good price for the setup. If you get it make sure the spindle is ALWAYS free before you start the router or you will be looking at a repair. I found the adjustments up and down through the table to be less than smooth, I think primarily because the spring stays in the plunge mechanism, per Freud.

On the one hand, it is a great price, and you could walk away from the table in the future if you choose. On the other, take note that the router plate is not the common 9 1/4 x 11 1/4 nor is it the Bench Dog 8 1/4 x 11 1/4, so you will have limited vendor choices for as long as you have the table.

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Hi Bob,

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First off, check sears, they have a nice combo for around the $119.00 range, it's 2 1/4, takes on both 1/4" and 1/2" which you WILL need. The money saved, can go into your bit purchasing. You should look for, soft start, & variable speed.

The size of hp or amps, doesn't really come into play unless you're wanting to spin those very large bits. Panel cutters. In this case, these are to be used in table use only.

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Thanks for the suggestions; I am supprised on the Craftsman recommendations; I expected Dewalt, or Bosh. I have alot of Craftsman tools, so add another one!

Can you all suggest a couple of "must read" router books to help me get started?
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hi Bob,

i have to second Kens advice. mine is not that combo, but a 3 piece combo that i got at a deal, but its made the same. i love the led lights and the ease of adjustment is so nice..

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Hi Bob,

Welcome to the router forums

First off, check sears, they have a nice combo for around the $119.00 range, it's 2 1/4, takes on both 1/4" and 1/2" which you WILL need. The money saved, can go into your bit purchasing. You should look for, soft start, & variable speed.

The size of hp or amps, doesn't really come into play unless you're wanting to spin those very large bits. Panel cutters. In this case, these are to be used in table use only.
Is this the one?
CRAFTSMAN®/MD 2-piece Router Kit - Sears - Sears Canada
CRAFTSMAN®/MD Plunge Base Router - Sears - Sears Canada
Please contact the Customer Service Department for the supplier, Ryobi at 1-800-860-4050 to obtain technical information.

Thanks for shopping Sears.

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http://www.homedepot.ca/webapp/wcs/s...k=P_PartNumber


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Hi Shane,

That's it for the 2 piece combo, sears also has that unit in a 3 piece combo. Just add a "D" handle base to it. I noticed the price difference for you folks up north.

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Bob, welcome to the forum. You have already seen how welcoming and willing to share the people are.

I am going to be a contrarian here. The current Freud 3 1/2 HP router is only 13 lb (5.9 kg) but I would bet the special you found was the recently discontinued model being cleared out. I use a Makita 3 1/2 hp which weighs 18 lb 8.2 (kg) and I have no problems handling it either in the table or hand held. One thing I consider and advantage about hte 3 1/2 hp routers is that generally there is no need to have interchangeable bases.

Whatever you choose, best of luck and I am certain that with the choice of any quality router you will do well.

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