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Not really into woodworking, but it does appeal to me. I am looking for a compact router for around the house (and possibly building a bookshelf and bench in the future).

Looking at the Dewalt DWP611 (over the Bosch Colt due to features and smoothness of the adjustment ring - even though I am a devout Bosch user).

Question: How practical is it to own a router as a casual home owner (lets face it, routers are more niche than cordless drills)?

2nd Question: Is a plunge base necessary (or even practical) for a router this size?

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The DW611 is slightly more powerful than the colt. The Colt is a great trim router but the 611 is a good machine too. I bought it as a combo kit with both bases and it is a fun little machine to use for small work. I plan on using it for some inlay work when I can get to it so my reasons differ from yours. You can only use small bits with either router. If you plan on making grooves for the bookcase shelves the Bosch will do it but it is a little on the light side I would say. The 611 will handle that a little easier. Both of them will put decorative edges on boards. Both are good for sign making too. Routers are good for boring out shallow recesses too (like making a hole for a clockworks) and for something like that the plunge is the best way to go.

Why don't you hang around the forum for a bit and reading posts and see if there are things you might like to try and that will have an impact on what router, if any, that you might want. You can also go to the homepage and check the subforum categories. Maybe something there will pique your interest.

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Thanks for the reply. Yeah I'll read some more and keep getting ideas. The plunge base seems very cool. First thing I'll do is stripe the wooden steps out in the garage to add traction. I'm sure if its here I'll find ways to use it.
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One thing you'll discover once you have it your going to want to use it, the more you use it the more uses you'll find for it. Google Router uses or YouTube router videos. And yes a plunge base is more versatile than a D handle.

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Tyler; I have a bunch of routers but NO cordless tools.
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I lied, I do have a table router but its an early 90s Craftsman with the accuracy and built quality of a Happy Meal Toy.
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"...and built quality of a Happy Meal Toy."

LOL Good one! I'm stealing that line, just so you know, eh?
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Not really into woodworking, but it does appeal to me. I am looking for a compact router for around the house (and possibly building a bookshelf and bench in the future).

Looking at the Dewalt DWP611 (over the Bosch Colt due to features and smoothness of the adjustment ring - even though I am a devout Bosch user).

Question: How practical is it to own a router as a casual home owner (lets face it, routers are more niche than cordless drills)?

2nd Question: Is a plunge base necessary (or even practical) for a router this size?

Thanks!
I'm not into woodworking either. Mostly do practical type projects, e.g. slide out drawers to replace kitchen cabinet shelves, floating corner wall shelf for TV, hardwood flooring and stairs. I originally bought a router for 1 specific project...nothing planned after that. I bought a midsized 2 1/4 hp router for that project. But now that I have it I know I can do whatever comes up. You mention a bookshelf and bench....as the other poster mentioned the trim type router may be a little light for those projects. Look around your house and envision DIY projects that would make it more functional and where a router would be a good tool to have. Just my 2 pennies.
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On the Bosch Colt... How accurate can you adjust the measurements (smooth actions) also is there a clear base accessory?
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I got this router last year. I really like it. And yes a plunge base is very practial. I use it for inlay ( just getting started) It alos accepts porter cable size bushing

I don't use a router very often for "around the house" unless I am making something. I find a multipurpose tool more useful for around the house.

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