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Hello to all,

My name is mack, and I'm from NYC. I'm looking to purchase a variable speed plunge router for routing channels in electric guitar bodies. I have $200. but I'm not sure which one I should buy.

If you had $200. to spend, which Plunge Router with variable speed would you buy? Is the Porter Cable 690 LRVS a good router. I read a post on this forum from someone who brought 2, and both failed in a matter of months.

I also read on this forum some negative comments about the Craftsman combo's, so any suggestions would be appreciated.

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Hello to all,

My name is mack, and I'm from NYC. I'm looking to purchase a variable speed plunge router for routing channels in electric guitar bodies. I have $200. but I'm not sure which one I should buy.

If you had $200. to spend, which Plunge Router with variable speed would you buy? Is the Porter Cable 690 LRVS a good router. I read a post on this forum from someone who brought 2, and both failed in a matter of months.

I also read on this forum some negative comments about the Craftsman combo's, so any suggestions would be appreciated.

Regards,
Mack
Hi Mack - welcome to the forum.
You sure it was this forum you saw the neg comments about Craftsman?
The ones I have seen lately have been predominately positive. I'm not a big Craftsman fan but some very experienced members here seem to thing it's a pretty good value.
Anyway, your fundamental question is which plunge router would work well on guitar bodies given a $200 budget?
I'm not into guitars but I think the main feature I would be looking for would be a microadjust on the plunge. Three I know of are Ryobi, Ridgid and DeWalt, not sure of the model numbers. I think some of the Bosch may have that also. Problem here is that I think all but the Ryobi are over $200 unless you consider the reconditioned market. The Ryobi seems to be a crap shoot, get a good one and it's very good, get a bad one and it's very bad. Seen a lot of mixed reviews, in here and other forums, about that one.
Just my .02, I don't have any of those routers.

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I would suggest before you buy one Locate a good hardware store, (including Lowes, Home Depot, etc.) Look at the price range, pick up the machine, feel it, ask yourself. does it feel comfortable? Is it balanced? Is the plunge smooth? Does it have 1/2 and 1/4 collet?
Then my friend consult the oracle. Just my thoughts..(therapy is working.)

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Hi Mack - welcome to the forum.
You sure it was this forum you saw the neg comments about Craftsman?
The ones I have seen lately have been predominately positive. I'm not a big Craftsman fan but some very experienced members here seem to thing it's a pretty good value.
Anyway, your fundamental question is which plunge router would work well on guitar bodies given a $200 budget?
I'm not into guitars but I think the main feature I would be looking for would be a microadjust on the plunge. Three I know of are Ryobi, Ridgid and DeWalt, not sure of the model numbers. I think some of the Bosch may have that also. Problem here is that I think all but the Ryobi are over $200 unless you consider the reconditioned market. The Ryobi seems to be a crap shoot, get a good one and it's very good, get a bad one and it's very bad. Seen a lot of mixed reviews, in here and other forums, about that one.
Just my .02, I don't have any of those routers.
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Hi Mack - welcome to the forum.
You sure it was this forum you saw the neg comments about Craftsman?
The ones I have seen lately have been predominately positive. I'm not a big Craftsman fan but some very experienced members here seem to thing it's a pretty good value.
Anyway, your fundamental question is which plunge router would work well on guitar bodies given a $200 budget?
I'm not into guitars but I think the main feature I would be looking for would be a microadjust on the plunge. Three I know of are Ryobi, Ridgid and DeWalt, not sure of the model numbers. I think some of the Bosch may have that also. Problem here is that I think all but the Ryobi are over $200 unless you consider the reconditioned market. The Ryobi seems to be a crap shoot, get a good one and it's very good, get a bad one and it's very bad. Seen a lot of mixed reviews, in here and other forums, about that one.
Just my .02, I don't have any of those routers.
jschaben,you're right It wasn't this forum It was a review that I read on the Sears website, and somewhere else. My mistake.

Thanks for the information. I have since read up on the De Walt 621 plunge router. thanks

George, I will heed your advice and go to Home Dep[ot and check out a couple of Routers. Thanks

Anyone have thought on the PC 690LRVS? Thanks again.

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