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I received a Dremel Plunge Router as a christmas gift, and I just received a set of (10) router bits I ordered from banggood.com. I was wondering if anyone has a dremel plunge router, and what do you use it for?
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I use mine just like a full sized router, only on a much smaller scale.

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I use mine just like a full sized router, only on a much smaller scale.
What does it excel at?
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I like mine for small freehand jobs. Like morticing for hinges or small cabinet locks where the job is too small to be worth making a jig for. Or routing out for an inlay piece. The clear base and easy controllability make it good for freehand work.

It's also good for putting a chamfer or round-over on edges where a convetional bearing-guided bit won't fit. The Dremel edging bits are guided by a pin that's much smaller. An example is I routed out recesses on a chest for flight case handles. The recesses needed rounded over edges, but were too shallow to do it with a bearing-guided bit.

One thing I have found it's no good for is making straight cuts against a straightedge or using the edge guide. The base is all-plastic and too flexible. The torque of the cutter is enough to flex it, so your cut moves around as you start and stop moving.

The other main limitation is that setting the cut depth is very hard to do accurately. Trial and error on a test piece seems to be the way to go.
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What does it excel at?
It excels in very light duty work when you need a router that is light in weight. They can be very handy at times.

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With the V groove bits, and with a little practice, following a penciled design is fairly easy.
Add the edge guide for straight grooves.
The profiled bits do a great job for decorative edging.

I just looked and the set from Bangood doesn't include the straight V Groove bit. My closest Ace store has a good selection. Or an online search will yield quit a few bits to round out your bit supply. Be aware that these bits are not carbide and dull fairly fast. It's nice to have a couple often used bits in reserve.

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I was surprised to find the dremel plunge router base is a bosch product. Seems to be high quality, but router bit selection found in stores is kinda pathetic...had to order online to get a selection. I could only find high speed bits in a variety (hope thy hold up).

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Lowe's has a carbide engraving tool set of 11 bits.
Shop Dremel 11-Count Tungsten Carbide Engraving Bits at Lowes.com

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I bought the plunge accessory for my Dremel but have yet to use it.

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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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Yea I have it too, and never used it yet. The plunge base, not the Dremel. The Dremel, I use a lot!!
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