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Hello to everyone in Router Forum Land. My name is Richard and I live in Leduc Alberta Canada. I am 56 years young and looking to gain experience now to make my future retirement enjoyable and productive with wood working. This is my first post but will have lots more as I am an info junky with a touch of annul retention thrown in for good luck (Hate doing things twice). My question to you all is which router to purchase. At present I have been leaning toward the Hitachi M12V2 or the Ridgid R2900 Fixed Base & Plunge Router Kit. I am as green as can be regarding routing and routers but want to get into it a lot. I only want to purchase once and have so far thrown out the idea of Craftsman or Mastercraft tools mainly because of poor and not many available reviews. I could be missing out on possible good deals with these cheaper machines, but do not do enough currently to warrant paying for the Bosch, Titan or Fein. This area to me is a mine field and require the advice from you experienced people. I will be making my own table unless advised other wise by the forum group and would like to do plunging also so the power and size of the machine needs to cover both types of routing.

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I think you'll find fans of most of the major brands. If possible, go to a store where you can actually handle the different brands to see what "feels" best to you. You might also want to consider buying one, 3 ¼ hp perhaps, to be dedicated to the table, and one (or eventually more) smaller unit for hand-held routing. Personally, I like the Porter Cable 690 series (1 ¾ hp) for hand-held work.

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Hi Richard

I will suggest the one below if you are looking for one for the router table, it's going on sale on BF (Nov.30th) for one day only for 200.oo that's one heck of a deal for 3 1/4HP router..you can pre pay for it and they will hold one for you..

Buy Freud FT3000VCE 3-1/4 HP Variable Speed Plunge Router at Woodcraft.com


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Hello to everyone in Router Forum Land. My name is Richard and I live in Leduc Alberta Canada. I am 56 years young and looking to gain experience now to make my future retirement enjoyable and productive with wood working. This is my first post but will have lots more as I am an info junky with a touch of annul retention thrown in for good luck (Hate doing things twice). My question to you all is which router to purchase. At present I have been leaning toward the Hitachi M12V2 or the Ridgid R2900 Fixed Base & Plunge Router Kit. I am as green as can be regarding routing and routers but want to get into it a lot. I only want to purchase once and have so far thrown out the idea of Craftsman or Mastercraft tools mainly because of poor and not many available reviews. I could be missing out on possible good deals with these cheaper machines, but do not do enough currently to warrant paying for the Bosch, Titan or Fein. This area to me is a mine field and require the advice from you experienced people. I will be making my own table unless advised other wise by the forum group and would like to do plunging also so the power and size of the machine needs to cover both types of routing.

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Hi BJ thanks for the reply but could you please explain to me 'BF'? Thanks
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Hi Richard

BF= Black Friday Nov.30th big sale day for most outlets..

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OK got it now, you guys in the states GO BIG after thanksgiving sorry for not picking up on that. I checked the site and the flyer. The unit is back ordered, but what a great saving. Even after shipping, tax and border costs its cheaper than the local HD. I guess there will always be pros and cons as to which unit to choose just would like to get it right first time. Currently unemployed so $$$ are low, plus I have read somewhere before that certain routers do not have mounting plates that can accept attachments and when refitting base plates can be a pain to centralize.
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