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Hello, I'm new to the forum UK based and would like some advice on a new router suitable for jewellery box making and more intricate forming.

I already have a larger router which I'm using for thicknessing the timber so I'm thinking possibly a palm router from one of the Makita, Hitachi, Bosch or a traditional Trend model. Needs to be accurate and versatile coping with setups for inlays, bevels etc. I'm a woodworker but just turning to the Router to make jobs easier, I've read a few write ups on the various models but more confused now as to what each one does, which are recommended as suitable. Prices seem to vary so I'll say up to about £150 but cheaper is good. All comments and recommendations would be gratefully appreciated.

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Welcome to the forum Des. All of those mentioned would work for you although I think the Trend is more for the hobbyist. You could also add DeWalt to the list. If you are going to do inlays you may consider plunge capability a necessity and several of those can be had with a plunge base. You may also want to look at the DeWalt 611pk combo kit which comes with a fixed base and plunge and is just slightly larger than a palm router and comes with the traditional handles. I bought mine for C$150 from Amazon Canada and your pound usually runs around $1.60 our money so it might be within your price limit there.

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I have the Makita RT0700CX3, a Bosch Colt and a DeWalt 611. The Colt is a trim router and has terrible run out and no power. I originally purchased it for my CNC router, but it was unable to perform (+/- .5mm runout and would bog down on 2mm passes). That is why I bought the DeWalt as they are available as a motor only, no base ect. This has proved to be a great router. The Makita (although I was satisfied with the Makita, I couldn't get it as a bare motor and I have enough junk as it is) is also a very nice router, good runout and as much power as the Dewalt. I believe DeWalt is sold in Europe as Elu. I have never seen the Hitachi compact router, but I have one of their 3-!/2 hp (M12) and I am very happy with it.

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I love my Dewalt 611

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Using a couple of old Craftsman routers & a Bosch 1617EVSPK & a Dewalt DWP611PK Routers in SW Louisiana.
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Hello Des. Welcome abroad!

I have a Triton 3 1/4 hp router mounted in a table, and a Bosch 1617 mounted on the other end of the table in the fixed base.

I also have a second 1617 that I use with the plunge base for hand held operations.

Then I have a DeWalt 611PK that I use for flush trimming (with the fixed base), cutting shallow dadoes with the plunge base.

I am not a professional, just a retired guy that loves woodworking of all kinds.

Feel free to check out my projects.

Here is a link to my Adjustable Height Work Table/Dual Router set up
http://www.routerforums.com/show-n-t...able-more.html

And my Exact Width Dado Jig patterned after The Wood Whisperer.
http://www.routerforums.com/jigs-fix...-dado-jig.html

Here is some info on the Bosch 1617 Combo.
http://www.routerforums.com/general-...combo-kit.html

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Hi Des,

I needed a hand held router & decided on the Makita RT0700C which is the complete kit including carrying case, although it was £204 it has a couple of different bases & a very good plunge base plus extra bits.

I know it is above your budget but well worth the outlay. You could buy just the router & base for about £100

I have had mine for about 4 months now and would not be without it (also has 3 year warranty)

Not sure where you are in the UK I am in Boston, Lincs if its practical you are more than welcome to come over to try it out

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I have the Makita RT0700CX3, a Bosch Colt and a DeWalt 611. The Colt is a trim router and has terrible run out and no power. I originally purchased it for my CNC router, but it was unable to perform (+/- .5mm runout and would bog down on 2mm passes). That is why I bought the DeWalt as they are available as a motor only, no base ect. This has proved to be a great router. The Makita (although I was satisfied with the Makita, I couldn't get it as a bare motor and I have enough junk as it is) is also a very nice router, good runout and as much power as the Dewalt. I believe DeWalt is sold in Europe as Elu. I have never seen the Hitachi compact router, but I have one of their 3-!/2 hp (M12) and I am very happy with it.

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I had the same problem with the Colt. I had a broken collet brand new. But even with a new one I still was too far out. But most swear by them.

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