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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-09-2012, 09:15 PM Thread Starter
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I want to get started in wood routing. I just finished reading the Jackson Day book on "Good Wood Routers "
Though out the book only ELU routers were shown. I am sure there are many other good routers that are of equal quality.
Can you give some advice?
I will be an occasional user but not a novice in the wood shop. From what I have read I believe I would like to begin with a plunge router.

I was given a beginner 1/4" router that is underpowered and fixed. My interest is in making drawers and boxes, etc. But I know I will proceed to other uses.
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Hello Larry,

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Free Router Book A post here about a very good book on routers that is downloadable

Familiarizing yourself with the different features present on some routers is the best way to decide which one is right for you. In my case, I didn't want to spend enough to get a model that had 'almost all' of the features. I ended up getting three different used routers for about 150.00 total and an external speed controller. I can use both sized bit shanks, they do what I want them to and it's not likely they will all break at once. That is just my approach to the challenge.

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Hello Larry, like Bill said you can go used, watch craigslist for tools, I look almost everyday, you never know when you'll find something you didn't know you needed til you see it! But also if going new, really most are decent, Porter-Cable, Dewalt, Makita, Craftsman (look for the red topped models), Bosch. There are many more I am sure. Some I didn't mention though I know the brand, because while I have no experience with their routers I don't care for the other products they offer so I just steer clear, specificaly that would be Ryobi. Other woodworkers here may feel differently about that so hopefully they will chime in. Also, as far as I know, the Elu is not made any more.


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Eli was a brand of routers that were made in Germany.
They were bought out by DeWalt and the older DW625 3hp plunge routers reflected the high standard of engineering precision. Alas that is no longer true. As with many manufacturers they are making to a price point.
As far as I know now there is only one maker of precision routers and they are very expensive but well worth the price for being able to work with quality tools with an almost dust free environment
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