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Nathan from Aus here, i am looking at purchasing a trimmer router as i want to use it for hinges, letter and general template work and edging work etc. I already own 2 triton routers but they too large for what i want.

I have read some trimmer routers have got LED lights and clear bases for great visibility while working, this is what i need especially for hinge work.

Can anyone recommend a router they are happy with, I am fond oof the Makita trimmer range as they have a large accessorie range and community behind them but am open to other brands

Anyone have one that has a good light, clear base, 1/4" collet size and works with after market template accessorie kits?
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I chose the Makita RTO700CZ3 complete kit from America but the trim router itself is available complete with the round base is available from Bunnings for about $130.00. It is around 1 hp and has variable speed. Whilst it doesn't have lighting it can, with a little ingenuity have a light added as I have done with my main router the Makita RP2301FC as shown, and with such a bright light I doubt that a clear base would be needed.
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I chose the Makita RTO700CZ3 complete kit from America but the trim router itself is available complete with the round base is available from Bunnings for about $130.00. It is around 1 hp and has variable speed. Whilst it doesn't have lighting it can, with a little ingenuity have a light added as I have done with my main router the Makita RP2301FC as shown, and with such a bright light I doubt that a clear base would be needed.
Love the light idea. I never thought about it but it sure would help with my eyesight. I just might have to try that on one of my routers.
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Hi guys. Thanks for the warm welcome. I have found this forum very helpful so far. Does anyone know if you can access this forum via an app like tapatalk?

Anyway back to the point. I really like the makita range. I could have sworn I read a review of a makita trimmer router recently and it had a built in led with light switch. Ill try find the article.

If I buy the makita from bunnings im assuming I could get the accessories from america and it would fit the model here?

Thanks again
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Hi guys. Thanks for the warm welcome. I have found this forum very helpful so far. Does anyone know if you can access this forum via an app like tapatalk?

Anyway back to the point. I really like the makita range. I could have sworn I read a review of a makita trimmer router recently and it had a built in led with light switch. Ill try find the article.

If I buy the makita from bunnings im assuming I could get the accessories from america and it would fit the model here?

Thanks again
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The tilt and offset bases are available right here in Australia and I'd be surprised if the plunge base isn't also. It looks like I saved money buying the complete RTO700CX3 kit from America. My total cost including a BIG transformer from Sydney and all transport was $$429.00. There is no light on this router, but it does have soft start and variable speed.

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Hi all,

Thanks for the replies. the router that has 2 bases 1 plunge and 1 trimmer base wasnt a makita it was a dewalt that had 2 LED lights built into the motor body so it would work regardless of what base you had atached. here it is in Aus anyway

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I do like the look of the makita RTO700CZ3 and amount of accessories included with it though. i might go out to a local shop and take a look as i know they have festool on display and their trimmer router has been rated pretty decent. they are just in a different price range
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