Lou, in spite of the many years that you have been involved with woodworking I suspect that you haven't done a great deal of serious routing. I base this on the fact that you have a Makita RPO900 which is quite a small router, only about 1hp with a rather shallow depth of cut and of course it is fixed speed. Hopefully as time goes by and you see the kind of things that can be achieved with a powerful router like the RP2301FC which is about 3.25hp and has variable speed with soft start and uses linear bearings for the smoothest, lightest plunge that I've come across during my 40 years of routing. It also has built in lights but they leave a lot to be desired.
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