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I'm looking at buying the Ridgid kit, not sure if I need a plunge router, if I'm not mistaken they are generally for routing inside a piece or work(?). If I aim mainly to do the edges of work, ie. round overs and such would I be better off with just a fixed base? I have no experience (yet), but don't understand why so many routers on the market are the plunge type, can they be used for doing the edges of work? A little guidance would be appreciated. Thank you.
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Welcome to the forum Bart. It is MY firm opinion that fixed base routers will eventually vanish in America as they have here in Australia. A plunge router can do everything that a fixed base one can but not vice-versa. Anyone who only uses a router in a table is missing so many things that are possible with a hand held plunge router. Just look through members galleries, especially mine to get an idea of the versatility of the plunge router, to say nothing about the pleasure that can be had using it.

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Hi,
I'm looking at buying the Ridgid kit, not sure if I need a plunge router, if I'm not mistaken they are generally for routing inside a piece or work(?). If I aim mainly to do the edges of work, ie. round overs and such would I be better off with just a fixed base? I have no experience (yet), but don't understand why so many routers on the market are the plunge type, can they be used for doing the edges of work? A little guidance would be appreciated. Thank you.
Hi Bart - Welcome to the forum.
I prefer a fixed base for edge work only because there is, on my routers, better visibility with the fixed bases than with my plunge bases. It is no more dificult to do edges with the plunge than it is with the fixed. On the other hand, I find it very difficult to get a good plunge with a fixed base. Given a choice between the two, I would select the plunge base. Luckily, with the preponderance of kits out there, you can have both for very little difference in $$ and, on most of the kits, the bases are very quick and easy to swap. Another reason is that if you go fixed only and sometime later decide to add the plunge capability, you will likely find it an expensive proposition.
I know there are several Ridgid users on the forum and some will likely weigh in on the matter.
Good Luck, and, once again, welcome aboard.

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" fixed base routers will eventually vanish in America as they have here in Australia"

You crack me up LOL LOL hahahahahaha

I take it that you don't have a D-Handle base or a off set setup.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_0_...refix=d-handle

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Maybe not disappear, but wane severely. It seems to me that if you're going to by 1 router the plunge is the logical choice.

As for not seeing as well with a plunge, I have the black default base plates and the clear ones which help me see rather well.

If I buy another router, I'll wait till PC comes out with one that has a work light

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Bart,
In my opinion and it's like ..., well, you know, The combo is the way to go....You'll have more options as you further your learning curve.
As far a Ridgid..I have one..I like it, I like it a lot..
There are many combos on the market..Sears is quite popular as well...
Before you buy one pick it up..see how it feels..is it comfortable for you to hold?..Next set it down and use the plunge..is it smooth?..and finally is it balanced and will it fit your bill fold?..
Just how I approach this situation...
Good Luck and welcome to our planet..
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Thanks guys, I have hoisted the Ridgid at HD, feels nice, and switching bases is a breeze. Combined with the warranty and price, think it may be the way to go. Cheers.
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