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I hope someone here can answer my question regarding what type of router may be suitable for my needs
Currently looking to buy a router for my projects which is windows modifications. Basically I need a tool capable of cutting a straight 2.5mm x 6mm deep groove into a timber profile 14 to 16mm wide.
The other project is to make rebate 12x12mm in a timber profile of 35mm the lengths of timber vary from 3metres to 80cm long.
I was suggested to buy a 1/2 router but it is too heavy and cumbersome to use it manually considering that project may be a one off type. Besides with a 1/2 router I can only use it with a table which includes extra $$$.
So with that in mind What other alternatives do I have?
is there any other tool that will do the same jobs?

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Porter Cable 690's are nice and would work fine.
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Hi all
I hope someone here can answer my question regarding what type of router may be suitable for my needs
Currently looking to buy a router for my projects which is windows modifications. Basically I need a tool capable of cutting a straight 2.5mm x 6mm deep groove into a timber profile 14 to 16mm wide.
The other project is to make rebate 12x12mm in a timber profile of 35mm the lengths of timber vary from 3metres to 80cm long.
I was suggested to buy a 1/2 router but it is too heavy and cumbersome to use it manually considering that project may be a one off type. Besides with a 1/2 router I can only use it with a table which includes extra $$$.
So with that in mind What other alternatives do I have?
is there any other tool that will do the same jobs?

Thank you for your replies.
Hi Ricardo - I'm thinking by "1/2 router", you mean a router that takes 1/2" shank bits? If so there are many of those in the 1-1/2 to 2 HP range that only weigh 6 to 8 lbs are are easily managed hand held. As for the jobs you mentioned, small laminate trimmer such as the Bosch Colt or Trend T-4 would be more than adquate for the groove, the 12mmx 12mm rabbet may take two passes with one of those but could be done fairly easily. For that matter, both the jobs could be done fairly easily on a table saw also.

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I would also 2nd. the T4 router .



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Not sure of the above as some are not available in Australia except for Triton that lately does not have a good review and quite a few disappointments in other woodworking forums even so when Carbatec does have it on special sale price.
Sydney tools have a good price for the heavy category but as i mentioned before 6kg catagory it may be too heavy to use them manually
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Not sure of the above as some are not available in Australia except for Triton that lately does not have a good review and quite a few disappointments in other woodworking forums even so when Carbatec does have it on special sale price.
Sydney tools have a good price for the heavy category but as i mentioned before 6kg catagory it may be too heavy to use them manually
Hi Ricardo - the 2 HP, MOF001C, Triton is 5kg. I would have thought the Trend would have been available though.
Since this is likely a "one of" project, why not just the table saw. Rabbets and grooves aren't a real big thing.

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Hi all
I hope someone here can answer my question regarding what type of router may be suitable for my needs
Currently looking to buy a router for my projects which is windows modifications. Basically I need a tool capable of cutting a straight 2.5mm x 6mm deep groove into a timber profile 14 to 16mm wide.
The other project is to make rebate 12x12mm in a timber profile of 35mm the lengths of timber vary from 3metres to 80cm long.
I was suggested to buy a 1/2 router but it is too heavy and cumbersome to use it manually considering that project may be a one off type. Besides with a 1/2 router I can only use it with a table which includes extra $$$.
So with that in mind What other alternatives do I have?
is there any other tool that will do the same jobs?

Thank you for your replies.
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Yes, you are correct - a lot of the routers recommended by the OS members are not available in Australia.

I would pay a visit to Bunnings or Total Tools (they have a number of stores around Melbourne) and check what they have available. For what you have in mind a cheap Ryobi from Bunnings would suffice.

I have a Ryobi ERT241200 (1200 watt 1/2" shank - take 1/4" as well) and I have had no problems with it.

PS i am not that tall, and I don't consider the Triton TRA001 or the Makita 3612C as heavy or cumbersome.

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Thanks everyone
No I do not own a table saw unfortunately
I will be tempted to get this Triton JOF001 Compact Precision Plunge Router. It provides the features of the larger TRA001B router in a more compact package so people at carbatec have me believe.
My only problem now is to build or get a table with a featherboard to do long and narrow long thin cuts
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A router table for one-time or limited use can be as simple as a piece of 3/4" (or your metric equivalent) plywood with one edge attached to a workbench with the router mounted under it and a hole to allow the bit to come through with chip clearance around it. The fence can be as simple as a straight stiff board with a notch in the center to clear the router bit, and C-clamps at each end to clamp it to the plywood to hold it in place. If this board is used wide side toward the bit there should be sufficient area to c- clamp a feather board to it to hold the work down against the plywood table as it passes over the bit. A second feather board can be C-clamped to the plywood table to hold the work against the fence board. Once you have a router and some C-clamps you should be able to assemble a working setup like this in less than 2 hours. It will work just as good as an expensive router table, although it will be somewhat more difficult and time consuming to make adjustments and repeat set-ups. I worked with a router table like this for 5 years before building a bigger, better, fancier one.

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