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This is my first post.I just got a mastercraft plunge router and table combo.If I manually push up the router and tighten the handles it just goes right down again.How do you lock it in the up position so you can use it.Obviously I know nothing about routing.There was no manual.Thankyou
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Hi tusco

The lock knob sould be on the left side of the router,

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I'm not sure wher my reply went but thanks again for the quick reply,I feel kinda dumb.I should have checked the back first.Is a fixed router better than a plunge model.I understand it is supposidly more accurate.Any ideas.Thanks again.Much appreciated.
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Hi tusco

" Is a fixed router better than a plunge model" = they both have place in wood working...
The plunge router can do both jobs well, but it's bit hvy. the norm.. and then the hand base type can't plunge, so if you only have the money for one go with the plunge...like you have...

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. . . and then the hand base type can't plunge, so if you only have the money for one go with the plunge...like you have...
Actually -- you can make plunge cuts with a fixed base router - done it hundreds of times
- just not quite as easy as with a plunge router.

The handy thing I have realized about a plunge router
(having just bought my first one)
If you decide you would rather be using a fixed base -
- just set your depth first - then lock the legs --
BINGO -- you have a fixed base.

Bottom line-- I agree with BJ -- you made a good choice.
Now its just a matter of learing what all you and the tool can do together.

As for accuracy -- I dont particularly trust the dial on any tool.
Use brass spacers or some other measurement tool to set the depth.
Accuracy then isn't dependent on the tool.

Just my .02 -- your mileage may vary

The one who says it can't be done --
Should avoid interrupting
the person doing it.
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And Tusco, plunge and fixed routers are for two different applications. Plunge router is for diving into the wood to make a dado, whatever. Fixed base routers have bits that edge work pieces, etc.

And, most people use a fixed base in a table, not a plunge. I suppose it'll work.
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I've used both bases in my RT and find that either one works OK. Some plunge bases require you to take the springs out, but it's no big deal.

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