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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-26-2009, 03:18 AM Thread Starter
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Hi All, I'm new to this forum so take it easy on me. I've been looking it over for a couple of days and have learned alot. I have had a old Skil plunge router in my table and have decided it is time to upgrade. So I went to Lowes and bought the cheapest 2 1/4 hp they had. The same brand as above. When it was all locked up in the plunge base or the fixed I could move the arbor 1/8th" either way, what a boat anchor. So I took it back and decided to scan the internet and maybe learn somthing. The Freud 2 1/4 looks like a good deal for $99.95. I won't be using the plunge base 'herd in the forum that it has a few flaws' but the rest of the router sounds like a good deal for the money. Being jobless I don't have the funds for a PC or Bosch. The Freud seems to be the way to go for a table anyway. Wish they had one in stock around my area so I could take a look at it. Have to order one from Lowes. I thank you for all the info.............Ran
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HI Ran and welcome to the forum. Glad to have you aboard.

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Welcome to the forums Randy. We promise to be easy on you. we aren'e even hard on the old timers.

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Welcome to the forum Randy, You may want to look at the new Sears routers, for just over 100.00 you can get a kit (two bases) and 2 or 2 1/4 HP I am not sure about the HP. Several fellas have them and really like them. I would look at them if I had it to over, although I still like my Ridgid.

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Hi Randy,

I have a reconditioned Freud in one of my tables and it works great except when using something like height-matched tongue and groove bits that are designed to be swapped out without adjusting the height for the second bit (Sommerfeld style). The lock pin on the Freud will only engage when you raise the bit all the way to the top, which robs you of the advantage of the height-matched bits. I just bought a Triton router because it's what Sommerfeld recommends (I use a lot of their bits in cabinetmaking) and it's really sweet. If you're needing a steep discount check eBay and Craig's List for a used one.
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