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I have purchased a leigh D4 jig for both dovetail and finger jointing. I need a suitable router, that can also be used for general use.

I have been recommended a dewalt 621 plunge router, but read good results for the triton 2 1/4 hp router ( which is good for table routing)

Can any member give me advice on the most suitable style- plunger or fixed base?

Any recommendations on brand/model?
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Hi Gary,

I would go with the Triton, but then I am a biased Triton owner for table use.

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A fixed base router is preferred. You don't need high horsepower, but I would choose one with a 1/2" collet and one that is as light as possible. If you do much dovetail work you will also want to have 2 routers, one for the dovetail bit and one for the straight bit. You can make them with one, but setup time will increase. You should also seriously consider the Leigh recommended 8mm bit shanks over 1/4" because the 1/4" shanks have too much flex under load to make high quality dovetails. 8mm bit adapters are available from Leigh or other sources to let you use the 8mm bits in 1/2" router collets.

I use two DeWalt DW618 routers on my Leigh D4R and have decided that I prefer the D handle base over the fixed base for dovetail work because of the trigger grip, but the standard fixed base will work OK. A plunge base is not recommended, as you need more precise depth control and many of the router bits used have larger cutter diameters that are larger than the collets that are used, so they cannot be retracted through the collet.

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I use my trusty old PC 630
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I use a pair of 1 3/4hp routers for machine-cut dovetails - in my case, PC 694s in fixed bases. Using two routers for through DTs avoids having to reset, re-calibrate for pins and tails.

I also like Pat Warner's precision sub-base for anything involving a guide bushing:

Precision Subbase Kit

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good advice- thanks
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I have a Freud plunge and a Dewalt that work great.
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Hi, I just purchased the Leigh SuperJig and the Bosch GMF1400, it's a cracking router and reminds me of the Porter Cable routers s we brits always see in Router Videos such as Pat Warner and Gary Rogowski (My two favourite videos)

Like James in Sydney; I'm a big Triton user but wouldn't use my Triton with my Leigh Jig - Its just too big, the Bosch is 1/2", plenty of power but really compact and has a very low c.o.g. and its great with the fixed base. I keep the triton permanently fixed in my Triton router table.
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Thanks- I was interested in the POF001, the mid sized model- not the larger 3hp number.
Bosch are unfortunately well supported here, in NZ, and seem to market the light weight DIY models.
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I agree with morrissey007, I purchased the GMF1400 online from Toolking who were happy to ship to Australia. Postage was very reasonable and the bonus of having fixed and plunge bases makes life easy. Parts such as different size collets and spare bases are available online at good prices.
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