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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 05-17-2013, 09:53 AM Thread Starter
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As a router beginner, the first thing that I have done is spent alot of time on my butt reading and shopping online; Not that I want to. First off was what router to buy, then it became which fence, what top, tracks to build my own top, how thick a top etc etc. Also Americans enjoy the good deal, so that what I was looking for on a variety of the above items. I'm starting to suffer a bad back just sitting here typing this after a hour plus of "bit" exploration after even more time yesterday. So my question is where do you shop and especially online. Who's good to deal with and are their prices and customer service good.

So far: Bosch combo kit router 1617 bought and due today.

Leaning towards: A couple of Whiteside bits, and maybe a Jessem fence (we'll see), hate to spend the money tho.
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I've shopped frequently at Rockler and Peachtree. Have nothing but good things to say about both.
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Wayne; you might want to fill out some info about yourself and your tools as it'll give other members some idea of where you're coming from...literally and figuratively.
Pretty tough to make 'bricks & mortar' shopping suggestions if we have no idea where you live(?)...
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I have JessEm array...
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If only new layers hadn't been added....

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Brick and mortar for me is minimum 35 minutes (small town Lowe's & Menards), 50 minutes to Home Depot or larger Lowe's. About 3 hours to the nearest Rockler or Wood Craft. So--online, Craigslist, word of mouth in a small town are what i do for the most part. In the past year i've been able to pick up over 1500 bf of cherry, poplar, oak and ash for about $700 just putting out some feelers.

For tools--with the distances above, minimum fuel cost to pick up is nearly $10, most likely $15-$20. That makes shipping charges look better, and i don't have to take 2 hours to go to a store, shop and go home. Most of the time what i order gets here before i even COULD have taken the time to drive--especially Amazon.

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Brick: woodcraft, lowes, hd
Online: rockler, woodpecker, amazon.

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Wayne; sounds like you and I are in the same boat with a workshop/garage full of a lifetime's worth of collected stuff that 'I might need someday' ...heh.
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I shop everywhere. I like to support the local merchants when I can but for many items you must order online. In Florida you have Infinity Tools and International Tool in your back yard Wayne.

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