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I have several plunge routers. I leave them set up for different operations. One of them is a PC 690 that came with a fixed base and a plunge base. I can’t figure out why I want a fixed base in addition to the plunge base. It's been sitting on a top shelf gathering dust for a few years. Seems to me my plunge base will do everything the fixed base will do...... plus plunge. What am I missing???
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fixed base for table...?
Also if you want to rout signs.

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The fixed base comes in handy when freehand routing, the lower center of gravity gives me a feeling of more control. Of course, it's a matter of personal preference and what you're used to.
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I use a D-handle fixed base on my 690 with the dovetail jig for better control.
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I have the 690 D-handle on an offset base, the first router I usually reach for.
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I have a dozen or so routers. Most are mounted in shop-made tables. Only have one fixed base and it is a trim router. I've never have seen a need for fixed base. Malcolm / Kentucky USA
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I would echo what Doug said. It's true that the plunge will do everything that a fixed base will and for anyone buying their first router I suggest that it be a plunge. I believe that Harry Sinclair in Perth, Australia has said they don't see many or any fixed bases for sale in their stores.
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