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Greetings, I am in need of a small plunge router to be used in sign making, I have a set of 2 1/2" letter templates at this time, and will probably get some 4" later.

I appreciate any suggestions to what router would work best.

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Greetings, I am in need of a small plunge router to be used in sign making, I have a set of 2 1/2" letter templates at this time, and will probably get some 4" later.

I appreciate any suggestions to what router would work best.

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Hi Tom - Welcome to the forum
Sounds like you're looking for a Trend T-4. I just sold mine last week but it's a great little router for signs. This is the best price I could find on one right now.
TREND T4 PLUNGE ROUTER (T4EK) | Klingspor's Woodworking Shop

Mine came with an adapter for Porter Cable style guide bushings but I didn't see that listed as an "included" item on the Klingspor site. I should be available as an option somewhere though.

I sold mine because I recently acquired a plunge base for my Bosch Colt and didn't need two plunge routers in that size category. I may end up regretting getting rid of the Trend though.

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Greetings, I am in need of a small plunge router to be used in sign making, I have a set of 2 1/2" letter templates at this time, and will probably get some 4" later.

I appreciate any suggestions to what router would work best.

Tom in AZ
G'day Tom. Welcome to the forum.

I do not have any small routers, YET......so cannot help in your decision.

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I recently bought a Makita trim/laminate router with the optional plunge base. It's very compact, light and made very well.

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I recently picked up the Trend T4 Router and am very pleased with it.
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I recently bought a Makita trim/laminate router with the optional plunge base. It's very compact, light and made very well.

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So, Hilton, what about a user review? I'm interested, but I've yet to even see one of those

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Note in the demo video he his wearing cloves and he his pulling the router to him..so to say I'm not the only one..


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JLC, Journal of Light Construction, did a test on a bunch of the small routers with the end result that the Dewalt 1 1/4hp router being the best soooooooo.........I went out and bought one. I really like it. One of the best features is that it has two LED lights that shine through the clear base so that you can easily see what is going on around the bit.

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JLC, Journal of Light Construction, did a test on a bunch of the small routers with the end result that the Dewalt 1 1/4hp router being the best soooooooo.........I went out and bought one. I really like it. One of the best features is that it has two LED lights that shine through the clear base so that you can easily see what is going on around the bit.

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Journal of Light Construction .... Have not heard of that one??
Thanks for the warm reception AND glad to hear that someone has put some LEDs on a small router. I had not really considered De Walt, but I will be checking it out, I like the idea of putting some light on the subject.
Until I saw your post I thought Rigid was the only compact router with lights, but I don't see any plunge base for the Rigid unit.

BTW, I am learning a LOT from this forum, especially about making signs which has my interest at this time.
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Note in the demo video he his wearing cloves and he his pulling the router to him..so to say I'm not the only one..
Yes, and note how wobbly he is (e.g. @ 0:20 - pulling towards himself, fence on wrong side). Just because he manufacturer sticks it on the web doesn't make it right or safe.

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