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I'm interested in purchasing my first router. I'm not a woodworking hobbyist nor am I frequently active in woodworking projects. I do have a small project where I would like to form nice edges to 3/4" red oak to mount speakers to on a wall. The wood blocks are 3 1/2" x 10". I'm wanting to router a nice roundover edge to each block. I work in the construction industry and have purchased good tools for my trade (electrical) whenever tools are needed. I wish to purchase a well made router, but not professional grade or duty. I don't have a router table and would prefer to use a small work table to router the mounting blocks. I've seen combination routers that can be mounted to a table or used as a plunge router. I'm not sure if I would need this type of flexibilty in a router, but would be open to the possiblity of expanding the equipment if this would be the better way to purchase the router. My budget would be around the $200-$250 range. Any suggestions?
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Hi hpe1087

Many,many routers will fall into your price range,,,most like the brand of tools they now have like DeWalt , I would suggest you stick with that brand name I would also suggest you get a plunge router it can do both jobs with one router, the 1/2" x 10" job will be duck soup for just about any router you pickup, just clamp it down and put the round over bit in ..you can also just use one of the router mats they work well for what you want to do..


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I'm interested in purchasing my first router. I'm not a woodworking hobbyist nor am I frequently active in woodworking projects. I do have a small project where I would like to form nice edges to 3/4" red oak to mount speakers to on a wall. The wood blocks are 3 1/2" x 10". I'm wanting to router a nice roundover edge to each block. I work in the construction industry and have purchased good tools for my trade (electrical) whenever tools are needed. I wish to purchase a well made router, but not professional grade or duty. I don't have a router table and would prefer to use a small work table to router the mounting blocks. I've seen combination routers that can be mounted to a table or used as a plunge router. I'm not sure if I would need this type of flexibilty in a router, but would be open to the possiblity of expanding the equipment if this would be the better way to purchase the router. My budget would be around the $200-$250 range. Any suggestions?



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I like the Dewalt but the Bosch, PC etc. all make combo's which are the best way to go in my opinion. You get a fixed and plunge base. I also recommend the new Sears combos, I have 2 and they are great and you can get one for 120.00 tops. Nice lighted led base.. smooth slow start motors etc.

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