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I am new here and I would like to thanks all of you in advance for your advise. I am from Cambridge, Ontario, Canada.
Question: I just got a B&D RP 250 and I would like to know if is possible to install it in a router table.
I know that the router is not the best but I got it cheap and I am going to use for small jobs only. Any help will be appreciated.
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Hi,

I am new here and I would like to thanks all of you in advance for your advise. I am from Cambridge, Ontario, Canada.
Question: I just got a B&D RP 250 and I would like to know if is possible to install it in a router table.
I know that the router is not the best but I got it cheap and I am going to use for small jobs only. Any help will be appreciated.
Hi Sergio - Welcome to the forum
Sure, that's not a bad little router. You will probably need to plan on drilling your own router plate for it. Not a difficult job and there are a bunch of how-to's on this site under the sticky's on how that's done. You will need a plate so you can pop the router in and out easily for bit changes. With the spindle lock on that router, I think it would be a chore to try to do them in the table, even with the chip guard removed. The only other issue I see with table mounting that router is, if there is no trigger lock, you will need to tape the power switch on and use a remote power switch. If it has a trigger lock, no issue but a remote switch is always a good safety idea for a table mounted setup.
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I will 2nd. John's post but add one thing, pickup a Milescraft base plate to hang it from in the router table, that way you can pop it out and use it for a hand router also..
The Milescraft should have the holes in it to mount your router easy plus you can use the guides in your table as well or use your PC type brass guides to choke the hole down for the small bits.

Amazon.com: Milescraft 1211 Base Plate Metal-Nose Bushing Set for Routers: Home Improvement

1-3/16" Router Plate Inserts - Lee Valley Tools

You may say but how can I pop the router out of a small hole with the handles in the way,you cut the hole the same way as below..

http://www.leevalley.com/en/wood/pag...=1,43000,51208
http://www.leevalley.com/en/shopping...s.aspx?p=40702

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Hi John, Thanks for your advise. The router has a trigger lock but your advise regarding having a switch at the power cord is very good regarding safety. I had a fixed router mounted in a home made table. Very old B&D that I had from 1990. Not top of the line but I got it for free (yes, I know I am cheap). Now, I will install the RP 250 with a killer switch for safety. The 250 is a plunge router and the manual indicate that should not mounted on a table. Any reazon why? Thanks, Sergio
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Thanks Bob for your advise. I already have a Lee Valley plate and it worked fine with my old router and I saved all the instructions and template. However it will be a challenge to drill the holes for the 250. They don't make round routers anymore? The Milescraft base plate look easy to install but I'll try the Lee Valley base plate first to save money of course. If I screw it up I can always go to Lee Valley and beg for another plate. Those guys are nice. Thanks Bob, have a good day. Sergio
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Hi John, Thanks for your advise. The router has a trigger lock but your advise regarding having a switch at the power cord is very good regarding safety. I had a fixed router mounted in a home made table. Very old B&D that I had from 1990. Not top of the line but I got it for free (yes, I know I am cheap). Now, I will install the RP 250 with a killer switch for safety. The 250 is a plunge router and the manual indicate that should not mounted on a table. Any reazon why? Thanks, Sergio
Hi Sergio - Only reason I can think of for not table mounting it is you need to argue with the springs when trying to set bit depth. Not a big issue, just remove the springs. Just make sure you store them so you can find them again when you want to use it hand held.

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What would be a good router to buy for about $200?
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Hi mrh - Welcome to the forum
For $200 +/- $50 you can get any number of good routers; Bosch, Porter Cable, deWalt, Triton, Hitachi, .... the list goes on. Question is which one suits you and what you would be comfortable with. Do you have any particular one in mind? Best approach is if you can attend some WW shows where some of the vendors will let you test drive some or if you know some people with routers see if they will let you try one and give you some pointers on them. At the least stop by some tool dealers or Big Box stores where you can get your hands on them and check the balance, ease of accessing controls, how the plunge and depth settings work etc. As for features, the minimum I would recommend is soft start and variable speed.
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