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I am new to Woodworking & have a Dewalt Router that has 2 1/4HP. I also have a Router Table nothing great just one I picked up at Lowe's.
I was told to make things easier I should buy another Router so I can mount one & use the other off the table without the need of having to attach it then detatch it.
I also saw a very small Porter Cable Palm Held I think at Sears.
The Dewalt I have is I believe the 618 it has 2 bases.
My question is do I need another router or two to make life easier. If so what are your recommends. Any help is greatly appreciated thanks.
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I am new to Woodworking & have a Dewalt Router that has 2 1/4HP. I also have a Router Table nothing great just one I picked up at Lowe's.
I was told to make things easier I should buy another Router so I can mount one & use the other off the table without the need of having to attach it then detatch it.
I also saw a very small Porter Cable Palm Held I think at Sears.
The Dewalt I have is I believe the 618 it has 2 bases.
My question is do I need another router or two to make life easier. If so what are your recommends. Any help is greatly appreciated thanks.
Hi Dennis - Welcome to the forum
Just mount the fixed base in the table and use the plunge base for your hand held work. All you have to do would be drop the motor out of the table and install in the plunger. 618 is plenty of router for table work. Of course, If you want to buy another router, far be it from me to try to stop you..

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Yes, the more routers you have the easier it will be for you. If you have other routers then you will be able to set them up with your favorite bits and that will save you alot of time. As for the kind of router is more preference than anything, I personally like porta-cable myself.
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Dennis,

To re-inforce N/a's post above, I've had as many as 5 routers set up with different bits at once and that wasn't for anything *big*.. just a coffee table.

A lot of it depends upon what you want to make... but there's a lot to be said for leaving a router with its bit set up as you proceed with the project, where feasible.

That way if you need to make another (or make a mistake on another part of the piece and need to remake it) you don't have to hassle with trying to match the setup.

Don't ask me how I know about the last part...

This doesn't mean that I'm recommending going out a buying a dozen routers at once... pick them up over time.. buying tools.. it's a slippery slope.

I'm a hobbyist that currently has 7 routers.. plus three on my wish list. For now I'm telling myself I'll probably max at around a dozen... For now. <g>

On the upper end, I know of a couple folks here in the 40-60 router range... and others that make magnificant projects with one.

Truth be told, be sure you don't spend too much of your budget on routers and not have the $$$ for the wood and bits. Over time you'll likely end up with more in bits than routers.

Check out that new high-tech cordless router.. wireless and no recharging required!!
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Dennis,

To re-inforce N/a's post above, I've had as many as 5 routers set up with different bits at once and that wasn't for anything *big*.. just a coffee table.

A lot of it depends upon what you want to make... but there's a lot to be said for leaving a router with its bit set up as you proceed with the project, where feasible.

That way if you need to make another (or make a mistake on another part of the piece and need to remake it) you don't have to hassle with trying to match the setup.

Don't ask me how I know about the last part...

This doesn't mean that I'm recommending going out a buying a dozen routers at once... pick them up over time.. buying tools.. it's a slippery slope.

I'm a hobbyist that currently has 7 routers.. plus three on my wish list. For now I'm telling myself I'll probably max at around a dozen... For now. <g>

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Truth be told, be sure you don't spend too much of your budget on routers and not have the $$$ for the wood and bits. Over time you'll likely end up with more in bits than routers.

Didn't know there are routaholics out there!

But as you said buying tools is a slippery slope! It happens to me too.
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I am a " routaholic " for sure, can't have to many routers once you get the bug it's hard to stop...and at this point I'm not going to..

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