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Is the Clarke CR1 with a try?
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G'day. Welcome to the forum.

"worth a try"???

This router looks similar to my Ozito router (1/4" and 8mm collets).

I would only use for light jobs. If you are going to work it harder, I would look at a more expensive 'brand' name router

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Hi Dave and welcome,

Do you mean the Clarke CR1C by any chance?



Generic Chinese clone router from Machine Mart, 1200 watts (1.6HP, or equiv. 10Amp in USA) with 8mm collets and 50mm plunge. Can't find any info on the guide bushes used so may require a sub-base if GB use is contemplated. It's a recent model and not on Trend's compatibility list as yet. Because this is something like Machine Mart's 4th router, and none of the others have lasted longer than a few years in production. I'd have to say that if you buy one do so with the thought that in 3 or 4 years time you may not be able to get spares for it (although the same is true of many DIY brands, including Black & Decker), whereas a "brand name" like Bosch (blue), deWalt, Hitachi or Makita will probably be around in 10 or 20 years. However they cost much more. Can't say anything other than that, really.

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Phil, I assumed the OP was talking about this one:

Trend Machinery & Cutting Tools Ltd

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Phil, I assumed the OP was talking about this one:

Trend Machinery & Cutting Tools Ltd
Hi James

That one's no longer in the current Machine Mart catalogue. The Clarke brand name is associated with Machine Mart in the UK - I've been told (rightly or wrongly) that "Mr Clarke" owns the brand and the MM outlets. Of course the OP might have been referring to a second-hand machine. either way i's a low-cost Chinese machine and parts will be an issue if it dies outside warranty

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