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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-29-2010, 01:04 PM Thread Starter
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It is with great sadness I must share the passing of my Craftsman Router. I hung on to the end letting me finish the rails on a crib that I am building for my new grand daughter due in November before it gave up the ghost. It was only 35 years old but it had a good life. I put it all the recycle bin.

My quandary is to I buy another Dewalt 618 fixed base to match the other router that I have now that has both fixed and plunge base so I can share the accessories or start off on a new path with a different brand. One I will keep in the table, the other for hand use.

Amazon comments are not too good with the 618 but mine is rather new so I have had nothing but a good experience so far. I suppose I need to get beyond the trauma of the weekend before making a decision but I felt sure all of you all would like to share in my pain.
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Sorry to read about the passing, There are many fine routers out there today, and it's one of those things that You have to decide Yourself. The added bases to a router is ideal way to go. I have the Ryobi router with the extra bases, d handle, fixed base, and the plunge base. It is the one that Sears had for a while, and it's been great. You will hear many different routers to buy, and I guess in the end, it's where Your led to go. I wish You a good find. One thing to mention, It could be a bad set of brushes, or a loose wire, or old age.

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My sympathies. I can relate.
It may be too soon to think about a replacement. You still have a few stages of grief to get through. Don't confuse the sorrow of your loss with your need for a replacement.
Take your time. The answer will come.

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I pulled the brushes and they were ok, but the shaft is frozen solid. Even a wrench couldn't free it. I tried heroic measures but declared it DOA. Called it at 3:15 pm. Had the burial shortly after.
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I know, it is not good to jump into another relationship quickly. Decisions made on the rebound are often regretted. Thanks for the kind words.
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It is with great sadness I must share the passing of my Craftsman Router. I hung on to the end letting me finish the rails on a crib that I am building for my new grand daughter due in November before it gave up the ghost. It was only 35 years old but it had a good life. I put it all the recycle bin.

My quandary is to I buy another Dewalt 618 fixed base to match the other router that I have now that has both fixed and plunge base so I can share the accessories or start off on a new path with a different brand. One I will keep in the table, the other for hand use.

Amazon comments are not too good with the 618 but mine is rather new so I have had nothing but a good experience so far. I suppose I need to get beyond the trauma of the weekend before making a decision but I felt sure all of you all would like to share in my pain.
I have had nothing but excellent results with my DW 618. Fixed base, D base and 2 plunge bases. I love how everyting is inter changable and works great im my OP table too.
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Please accept my condolences,your router is in a better place now,in router heaven where they freely change bits and play with each other's speed control!
May I now recommend the TRITON router as your go to router? I have five routers but find myself using the Triton more than any other for ease of use,it's so operator friendly.
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it is not good to jump into another relationship quickly
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Ron,

When it comes to choosing routers there's more opinions here than people!

I recommend visiting hardware stores in your area and putting your hands on each. Perhaps the most important part is how it feels in your hands and how easy it is to adjust for you. Different models have handles of different diameters, lengths and angles and different people prefer their off-on switches, speed control knobs and depth adjustment in different places and operating differently.

If it doesn't feel right in your hands, no matter how many awards it wins, you're not going to enjoy using it.

Check out that new high-tech cordless router.. wireless and no recharging required!!
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If it doesn't feel right in your hands, no matter how many awards it wins, you're not going to enjoy using it.
Amen on that. I just picked up a Trend T-4 and had I had a chance to look one over in person, would likely have passed on it. A well reviewed little router, just feels awkward to me. Comes from living 500 mile round trip from any woodworking shops I guess.

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