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I know a lot of you use fixed base routers and the combined packages are regularly mentioned, too.

I'm intrigued as to why anyone would want a fixed base router as they appear to be much harder to use, with no obvious advantage. They also seem unknown outside North America. I cannot recollect ever seeing one in use in Europe, in recent years, even though German manufacturers still seem to produce them for the North American market.

What am I missing, please?

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Hi Peter

They are easy-er to use than the plunge base,,they can slip right out of the base , 1,2,3 and they are out and you can change the bits out very easy and quick..

here's some shots of one I have setup..

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Hi guys

I know a lot of you use fixed base routers and the combined packages are regularly mentioned, too.

I'm intrigued as to why anyone would want a fixed base router as they appear to be much harder to use, with no obvious advantage. They also seem unknown outside North America. I cannot recollect ever seeing one in use in Europe, in recent years, even though German manufacturers still seem to produce them for the North American market.

What am I missing, please?

Cheers

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As the owner of 6 routers, 2 are plunge and 4 fixed, I can truthfully say the fixed based routers are used abouut 80% of the time. As to why anyone would want a fixed based router, I can only speak for myself, I much prefer using the fixed router but do use the plunge routers when necessary. Robbie
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IMHO,
Fixed base are much less bulky, weigh less, easier to maneuver, and are easier to adjust height in or out of the table. Plunge bases have their place for sure though. But a majority I feel can be accomplished with the fixed base.
Maybe its because they are more readily available at a discounted price so we Americans tend to buy them 1st making us more used to them ?
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Well, when joined here, I only had experience with fixed base routers. Plunge routers looked to be to complicated to even mess with. Now I have 2 plunge only routers and a combo. The fixed base for the combo sits, unused, in a drawer. It would be well suited for table use, but I use a large plunge in my table. The only fixed router I now use is my Bosch Colt. For me I just prefer the way the plunge router adjusts, both in and out of the table.

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Hi Peter - I'm a bit new to routers but in the last year I've managed to accumulate two combo kits and two fixed bases. The fixed bases are dedicated, one to dovetails and the other to table use.
I really like the combo kits because it allows me to choose the best configuration for the job. I like the fixed base for edge work, dados and rabbits. Bit height is much easier and precise, visibility is far better as is the balance and general handling. The plungers are obviously superior in any operation where you need to enter or exit the cut within the workpiece.
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Hi Peter

They are easy-er to use than the plunge base,,they can slip right out of the base , 1,2,3 and they are out and you can change the bits out very easy and quick..

here's some shots of one I have setup..

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Tks Bob

So mostly for table use ? BTW, I bet fitting those hinges to your plate was a test of skill to get the plate fitting spot on.

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IMHO,
Fixed base are much less bulky, weigh less, easier to maneuver, and are easier to adjust height in or out of the table. Plunge bases have their place for sure though. But a majority I feel can be accomplished with the fixed base.
Maybe its because they are more readily available at a discounted price so we Americans tend to buy them 1st making us more used to them ?
Hi Duane

Maybe and I guess they are cheaper to produce, but I never see them in Europe at any price anyway.

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I use them for many operations like, dovetails, edge profiles, trim bits, & hanging doors. They are lighter, less bulk, & quick to use. They have their place.

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I never altered my plunge for the table, (remove springs) it made bit height setting during table use a pain, but I was using it as much on the job as in the shop.

I always found the plunge more versatile than the fixed base. But in the table the fixed base and lift are king in my book.

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