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I have a router and am thinking about purchasing a palm router. However, am not sure as to why I would need one. Just getting back into woodworking and will only be able to do small projects (shop is 150 sq. ft). One of the first I want to do is to rout out hinge locations for a drop down table top. The table is 30" x 30" and the wall section is a 1x4 landing area (for lack of a better description).

I've also purchased 2-1/2" letter decals to mess around making signs. Do I need to think about a Palm router with projects such as these?

Thinking of purchasing either the Ridgid 2401 or the Bosch Palm router (have to stay within a retiree's budget you know).
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I have the Ridgid and find that I use alot more than I thought I would, it is great for cleaning the area out for hinges on my boxes I make for some games to hold all the pieces...

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I have a router and am thinking about purchasing a palm router. However, am not sure as to why I would need one. Just getting back into woodworking and will only be able to do small projects (shop is 150 sq. ft). One of the first I want to do is to rout out hinge locations for a drop down table top. The table is 30" x 30" and the wall section is a 1x4 landing area (for lack of a better description).

I've also purchased 2-1/2" letter decals to mess around making signs. Do I need to think about a Palm router with projects such as these?

Thinking of purchasing either the Ridgid 2401 or the Bosch Palm router (have to stay within a retiree's budget you know).
Hi Fred - Welcome to the forum
I have the Bosch Colt. Nice little router but it's a fixed base, as is the Ridgid. For what you are doing for the most part will require templates and trying to get into a template with a fixed base router is a bit technique sensitive, at least for me. Got some hinge mortise templates with holes in them to prove it. I think a plunge base is the way to go. Most of the plunge routers in that size range are a bit pricey; deWalt, Porter-Cable ~$200.. The Trend T-4 at just over $100 should work well for you. JMHO

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You might want to consider the new Dewalt DW611 with both the fixed and plunge bases. It's just slightly larger than a palm router but with many of the capabilities of larger routers.
The 2 base kit can be purchased for about $175.

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Thanks, everytime I go to Home Depot I have to keep from buying it.
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