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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 02-16-2010, 11:32 AM Thread Starter
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Hello there. I'm going to try to build up a shop for myself over the next few years, when i get the money, just as a hobby. I'm especially interested the the router. I grew up around wood. My da is makes kitchens cabinets ect. Ive worked in his shop on and off since i was a boy but I've never really gotten to grips with the router as all our doors were ordered in, we didn't make the shaker doors n such on site in the workshop at home in Ireland. Now, I've moved to Croatia and I miss the woodwork. I'm no expert at all I just love the stuff. I was wondering if any of you pro's could recommend where I should start. Like which router is best should I build a router table etc.
Im very interested in this router stuff it seems so versatile...anyway thanks in advance
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Hi Adrian:

Welcome to the forum.

My vote goes with an Hitachi M12V. This is the old model, not the new one. I don't like Porter-Cable but the Makita 3612 is nice. It won't take big bits but it is good for skis, foots and tables.

Desirability list:

1. " chuck (with 1/4" sleeve and metric sleeves if necessary)
2. 2 wrench collet (getting scarce but search for it - sometimes it is hidden or it can be retrofitted.)
3. Variable speed (8,000 rpm to >24,000 rpm -- nice but close to useless <3HP, but mandatory >3HP)
4. plunge base mandatory. it can do everything the other bases can do.
5. Soft start
6. Light weight but versatile and powerful (not likely but one can dream)
7. 1" (1 " hole with a 1/8" shoulder) brass template guides (ideal but not likely)
8. can be easily modified for large panel bits and strong enough for table use.
9. straight edge guide holes are adequate for ski and foot use.

In Europe you have a much reduced selection to ours but you have Trend, which are pretty good and many of the brands but not necessarily models that we have.

Get ready for a lot of discussion on this one.

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Welcome to the site.

I am too new at this to have any decent recommendations
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Greetings and welcome to the router forum. Thank you for joining us.

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thanks everyone for the replies....
allthumbs..ill have to spend a few hours trying to properly understand your list but i appreciate it..thanks a lot.
Im gonna have lots more questionsin the coming days and weeks.
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thanks everyone for the replies....
allthumbs..ill have to spend a few hours trying to properly understand your list but i appreciate it..thanks a lot.
Im gonna have lots more questionsin the coming days and weeks.
Ask away and see how many different answers you get, all of them valid.

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I also have the Hitachi M12V and I love it. It can do everything, I've really put it through it's paces. I'm not sure if the updated model is as good, does anyone have thoughts on that?

I use the yellow Oak park table top with a home made router table.

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I also have the Hitachi M12V and I love it. It can do everything, I've really put it through it's paces. I'm not sure if the updated model is as good, does anyone have thoughts on that?

I use the yellow Oak park table top with a home made router table.

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Hi Julie:

The updated one is reported to be not as good.

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