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I am posting this in more than one area to get some advice and help on a HF 1/4" trim router, I was there today at HF and saw this on sale so I just got it, $22, its small and looks like something one can use on and off in small areas and in ways that you have to fight to get a larger router in, yes is cheap, don't plan on using it every time I need a router,

Now if someone has this or one similar to it I would like how you use it, the do's and don'ts, if there are any jigs and setups for it that can help one to speed up work,

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Rob, all the trim or palm routers are about the same size. The HF version has less power than most and the bearings are not great but it is an inexpensive way to experiment.

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Hi

I have two of them it's ok but don't run it for a long time they do eat the brushes up quick that's why you will see a extra pair in the box with the router..

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I am posting this in more than one area to get some advice and help on a HF 1/4" trim router, I was there today at HF and saw this on sale so I just got it, $22, its small and looks like something one can use on and off in small areas and in ways that you have to fight to get a larger router in, yes is cheap, don't plan on using it every time I need a router,

Now if someone has this or one similar to it I would like how you use it, the do's and don'ts, if there are any jigs and setups for it that can help one to speed up work,

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Thanks,

Yes its cheap and will not use much I think, don't know yet, I saw a few places that people were talking about how to use this in places that the big routers don't or can't get into, small jobs, if I find its a real handy item to use in/with the scroll saw chit I am going to try I'll have to look at getting a better one,

Right now its a new toy and need to look at its possibilities in my work shop and woodworking,

Oh, bobj3, do you get new brushes for it someplace online or just from a motor rebuild shop,

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I bought a HF trim router some years ago and got good service out of it. The plastic base is fragile, so it broke. It took me a while to design a suitable replacement, but it's back in service. It's good for quick little jobs, but I don't think it can handle a large-diameter bit or extended use.
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There are two HF 1/4" routers in my shop, both are dedicated use. One for dovetails only and the other is for 1/8" roundover. They work eaqually well for plastic laminates as you'll be turning a small bit. Never used them for extended time or severe use. Really don't think they'll hold up. As noted earlier, the base and it's adjustments are frail and I found it best to find a dedicated use and set them for that... then forget the changes. Definatly not for a router table.
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funny that you bought it without having any idea how to use it. just becuase of low cost. ha!
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sbjforumman,

Yes funny, I often do things out of the norm, as for not knowing how to use it, its a router to be used as a router but I know it has limits, you don't see these around alot or talked alot about which to me means it is more for a limited type of use/work, maybe a special type of materials, I though only of how I could use it in a limited area where I could not use my big router,

From the post in this area in router forums I see that for me it will be used mainly to trim the edges on shelves, boxes and maybe some free hand work in design or sign making, just have to play with it, once I get a feel for it I can decide what to do with it, either way it was a good buy for a tool that I do not have or used and to learn on,

My mind see things like this, what is the norm use for this tool and how can I use it in my work, play, to make me better at what I am trying to learn and do,

Thanks to friendly1too and bradleytavares for you post, those are some good suggestions and will be one of the first things I look at and do,

To everyone that had pos or neg thoughts on this I thank you for your replies,

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Hi Rob

Most don't know what the trim router can do, it can do many,many of the jobs the bigger routers can do and sometimes better , I have one mounted in a router table..

http://www.routerforums.com/project-...etail-jig.html

http://www.routerforums.com/table-mo...-4-router.html

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bobj3,

Thanks for the links and words, I will be looking at your chit soon that you have posted here in the forum and trying to make some of these things, I am hoping to have my shop in a working order or the beginnings of it so as to plan and get what I need to start this plan I have of woodworking, lets say by mid sept if I can keep the pace the same I have over the last few months, lol, wait I hope faster, lol

I thank you and everyone for their time and posts, it does not go unread or thought on it no matter what is sent, I always get something out of them no matter which way they fall,

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