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Looking for advice on a first router. Doesn't need to ne anything major, but decent. Don't want to break the bank either. Just simple tasks mostly.
I am looking at Bosch PR20EVSK-RT Colt Variable-Speed Palm Router Kit and Craftsman 17542 11 amp 2 hp Corded Fixed Base Soft Start Router with Electronic Feedback Control.
Any feedback or advice appreciated. What to look for etc... Looking to spend $100 or less to start. Like I said, newbie. Once my needs grow, I will spend more...
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Looking for advice on a first router. Doesn't need to ne anything major, but decent. Don't want to break the bank either. Just simple tasks mostly.
I am looking at Bosch PR20EVSK-RT Colt Variable-Speed Palm Router Kit and Craftsman 17542 11 amp 2 hp Corded Fixed Base Soft Start Router with Electronic Feedback Control.
Any feedback or advice appreciated. What to look for etc... Looking to spend $100 or less to start. Like I said, newbie. Once my needs grow, I will spend more...
Thanks all,
Steve
Hi Steve, welcome to the forum
Well, if your looking for opinions, you're in the right place. I'm not a big Craftsman fan but if you can spring the extra $20 for the combination model, I don't think you can go to far wrong. I like the Colt but I think it will limit you somewhat as it is more of a trim router and I don't think it will take a 1/2" collet. I haven't got either but the feed back I have read is that they are both nice pieces of equipment.
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This may seem like a silly question, but what are the advantage/disadvantages of a fixed base vs. a plunge router? How are they used differently...?
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This may seem like a silly question, but what are the advantage/disadvantages of a fixed base vs. a plunge router? How are they used differently...?
I personally see no advantages other than for building site work with a fixed base router and other than America, the rest of the world appears to agree with me. A plunge router can do everything that a fixed base one can but not visa versa!

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Hi Steve - To me, the fixed bases on the kits I have are a bit easier to set the depth and visibility is a bit better. Not that the plunge depth is difficult, just a bit more technique sensitive I think. Fixed base though is very difficult and can be somewhat dangerous to plunge cut, that is, start a cut in the center of the board. Very near impossible, for me anyway, to get an accurate stopped dado for instance or coming down right next to a guide with them. I do like the combo kits, with both bases, as it allows me the choice of using the configuration I am most comfortable with for the job.

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