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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-19-2007, 10:25 AM Thread Starter
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Just wondering what the best router is for inlaying. Not so much name brand but HP.

The reason I ask is I am contemplating a 3.5HP Craftsman Plunge Router, still new in box with 42 new bits. And it seems like a great deal for $150.

The other end would be a laminate trimmer.

So what would be the happy medium here?
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Hi Gary

I would recommend a small router, that's to say 2HP,,Craftsman has one on sale in a combo setup for about 110.oo bucks but I will say the 3.5 HP is a good deal and you should Not pass on it,,, it's bit over kill but how many times will you use it for inlay work.
So the bottom line is get your money out of your pocket and get the great deal in your hands.. it's hard to find one in the box with a set of bits to go with it..

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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-19-2007, 05:01 PM Thread Starter
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The whole buying thing came about at the right time.

Earlier this year I built some custom cabinet doors which had a diamond cutout in the center filled with stained glass. Now I have to do 15 more but instead of glass, the insert would be wood.

The simplest way is to build my doors and inlay a 11" X 11" X 1/4" piece of birch plywood or door skin.

I did make arrangements to meet the guy and buy the router. He says the bits are in a sets. Two Craftsman sets of 5 and 7 bits and the other set is a Woodsmith set of 30, I think.

I already have a 1 1/2 HP on my table, so I may be able to change them out. But in any case it will pay for itself.
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Sounds like you got a good deal. They don't come along every day.

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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-19-2007, 07:36 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks George. I picked it up a couple of hours ago. It weighs in at 12.8 pounds, 13.75 inches full extended, 6.75 inch base.

The Sears tape had not been broken. The product date is 12/11/1997. None of the bit sets seals were broken either. I can't imagine how he kept all this in a box so long.

But after hefting it up, I agree with Bob. This is an industrial/heavy duty router. It is everything I want in a router, but a lot more than I need to do what I want.
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Congrats on a great deal!


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