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In a previous post I asked about getting a smaller 3rd router for 1/4" bits. Now, I'm wondering if I could accomplish this with a laminate trimmer.

One job in particular is routing out slots on 3/8" boards. I'm using a 1/4" bit and it's a simple and quick job. Is this something a laminate trimmer could do? Something like a Colt?

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3/8"? Maybe, depending on what kind of board it is.

I have the Ridgid and don't use it much except for small things like hinges. It seems plenty powerful though.
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Hi Burt

The small Colt will do 3/8" easy and much more, it's almost the same as a PC 690 router...but with a smaller frame....I use it all the time for ( 1/4",3/8",1/2" ) box joints.. and dovetails... but I would suggest a DeWalt 611pk router combo it comes with a plunge base that's a real plus..one base for a router table and one base for hand work..and about the same price as the Colt..(179.oo) for both..

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In a previous post I asked about getting a smaller 3rd router for 1/4" bits. Now, I'm wondering if I could accomplish this with a laminate trimmer.

One job in particular is routing out slots on 3/8" boards. I'm using a 1/4" bit and it's a simple and quick job. Is this something a laminate trimmer could do? Something like a Colt?

Thanks,
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What about the Trend T4? Same power as a Colt, but way cheaper (at least it is this side of the pond)
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Hi Phil

True but on this side of the pond it's only 100.oo dollars but it has a down fall, it's a plunge router all the time..and real hard to mount in the router table and a very short stroke..

http://www.amazon.com/DEWALT-DWP611P...5547512&sr=1-1

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the $20 harbor freight trim router works pretty good. same as the grizzly model except its a different color and 1/2 the price
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I replaced my HF trimmers with a Ridgid laminate trimmer I picked up on Craigslist, they show up pretty regular it seems, and cheap, too. Night and day difference in quality.

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There's nothing wrong with harbor freight tools if you only use them here and there. They are of a cheap price and quality, but if your on a budget and use it occasionally then harbor freight tools are fine.

If on the other hand you plan on using it a lot go for the name brand, but by all means get one that's comfortable in your hands and easy to work with.
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I have a PC laminate trimmer which I use for small jobs it has plenty of power and is easy to adjust bit depth. I mostly keep a 3/8 round over bit in it....I also have three other routers, one mounted in my table saw wing and two handheld PC's
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I have the ridgid and it has been working fine for me seems powerful enough for small and moderate jobs

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