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hello i am getting a job here soon and i am looking for a new router, looking for a top of the line one like a porter cable! ive never been a bosche fan but do like DeWalt, although i have not herd too much good on their routers but Customer Service i here is great.

I want something like what bob and rick use, i do have a craftsman router which is really old it works great but i mite just put it on the shelf as it was my grandpa's and dont want to wear it out. I dont want to have a cheap router table like i have, well its not cheap but not very versatile i want to build the base and use a plate like bob and rick use. please lead me to the right direction thanks

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Hi Jeff,

Here is the table and plate you are asking about.

http://us.oak-park.com/catalogue.html?list=BYOT--

The router they currently use on the Woodworking channel is the Hitachi M12V which is now discontinued, but still avalible from some sources on eBay as well as others. I currently use the Dwalt 618 in my Oak-Park table and have been very happy with it for what I use it for.

I hope this helps.
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i would like to build everythig on my own except he black plate. does anyone sell just the router plate set up for guide bushings?
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yep....

You can get just the plate if that is what you want..... same place.

http://us.oak-park.com/catalogue.html?list=BP--
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instead of making a whole new thread i hope you guys dont mind that
will this set of guides
http://us.oak-park.com/catalogue.htm...oduct=EGP30323
will work with this plate? or any of the plates here
http://us.oak-park.com/catalogue.html?list=BP--
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Everything you find at the Oak Park web site will work together as a system. I do have a suggestion for you, when you are ready, buy the build your own table kit. This has the table top with the plate installed. There are also holes pre drilled to locate the various jigs. Plans are included for building the table to support the top. Quick easy and inexpensive. It doesn't get much better than that. As far as routers go, the beginning shows were sponsored by Hitachi, the later shows were sponsored by Porter Cable. This is the reason why you see those brands of routers on the show. As a staff member I have to be impartial as to which brand of router to suggest. Most are quality machines designed for specific jobs. If you are only going to use a router a couple times a year then a Skil or Ryobi will do just fine. The new Craftsman combo kit is another inexpensive choice. The ability to use 1/2" shank bits is the single most important feature for a new router. The only router I can not recommend is the Porter Cable 890 series which has been plagued with problems. You will find the details posted in another thread on this forum. I had my hands on one of the new improved versions, the 860 series. It looks better, but I would wait to buy one until after they have been in use a while. Let other people make the lemonaide first. You can read about the reviews of different routers on the forum. I will say that more staff members own Bosch than any other brand, including two who have their names in green.

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Ok Thanks Mark. I Am Kinda In A Delima. I Have A BD Router Plunge That Works Great And My Grandpas Old Craftsman Fixed Routeq, My Question Is Invest In A Good Router Or Have Money To Buy A Few Nice Jigs?
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What I would do in your situation is make the most out of what tools I had. I would build a simple table and use the Harbor Freight mounting plate ($20) to get started. The plate will accept PC style guide bushings, and you can find them at a garage sale or flea market cheap.

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