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I bought my very first small trim router a couple of weeks ago and I have been using it as my main router until I get collets for my new router. Since itís so small Iíve been very careful not to take off too much at a time. I put on a new Ĺ x ľ shank bit but itís been grabbing and taking out large chunks. I donít know if it is because of the small base, but I know Iím going in the right direction.

Anyway I can see the potential for a very serious injury and after the first time I now use extreme caution.

Do any if you use your trim router for anything other than edging?
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I use it strictly for laminate work

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I use it strictly for laminate work
Thatís what thought the first time I used it, but I think I got the wrong impression while reading all the router reviews.
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Hi Johnny,
I have the Bosch Colt & a PC & use mine for laminate, roundovers & other edge profiles. I don't use it for the heavier profiles, dovetails, or cabinet work other than some edge profiles. Even though they are smaller in size there are many times it will be the perfect router for the job. I go to it often.

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Hi Johnny

I use it for many,many router jobs, sometimes you don't need a tank to round a over edge,1/8" slot, quick rabbit,box joints,etc. ,you just need something that's quick and easy and to setup easy like the trim router can be but still just pop it out and use it for a trim router.. one tool for many jobs...

http://www.routerforums.com/jigs-fix...ter-table.html

using it for box joints
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I bought my very first small trim router a couple of weeks ago and I have been using it as my main router until I get collets for my new router. Since it’s so small I’ve been very careful not to take off too much at a time. I put on a new Ĺ x ľ shank bit but it’s been grabbing and taking out large chunks. I don’t know if it is because of the small base, but I know I’m going in the right direction.

Anyway I can see the potential for a very serious injury and after the first time I now use extreme caution.

Do any if you use your trim router for anything other than edging?



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Hi Johnny, here is just one more use to consider.
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Those laminate size routers can kick. I think the advice here is well taken that the device without a proper base can be hard to control. I had a kick from my MCLS 3 in 1- like clone but I made an error in handling it and got a climb cut. That particular model (seen at MCLS) has a full set of attachments.

Marvel 40 3-in1 Router Kit

Plus there is a recent thread on making bases as large as those on the Standard PC and other routers.

I have taken that advice and made a homebrew guide bushing base of two thicknesses of plexiglass with two separate hole sizes for the guide bush to sit in.
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Thanks guys. Some real interesting stuff here and greatly needed information.

Oh Harry, Iíve never seen anything like your setup there. Did you make that? Thatís really interesting.

And that Marvel also looks pretty interesting.

Well, after all this, I think Iím going to hold off for a while until I get my PC up and running. I should have known all this already, especially with some of the problems Iíve experienced with my RotoZip.
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WOW!!!

Those are some good points.

This Old Dog just learned some new tricks.

Thanks guys

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I use my PC lam router for small delicate inlay work, it works fine for routing the female side of the inlay. I'm considering the Trend T3 to go along with the PC.

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