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;) i have a makita router that has a 1/4 collet i'm new at this but i'm really starting to get into woodworking more and noticed that raised panel bits usually come in 1/2 so i'm going to purchase a new router what is the best brand? plunge or fixed base pros and cons and also if it just comes with a plunge base can i use the router in a router table? are most router collet sizes just 1/4 and 1/2? what's a good hsp? and rpms because some bits say don't use with a router that goes over 23000 rpm?
 

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i have a makita router 1/4 collet i want to purchase a new router that has 1/4 and 1/2 collets so i can use a wider variety of bits such as raised panels which is the best brand of routers? fixed or plunge? if its a plunge router can it be used in a router table? how many hsp and rpm? because i noticed some router bits say don't use in a router with over 23000rpm? what would be an all around good router that i could grow with?
 

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If you look around here, you will find many opinions on what is the favourite router. Lots prefer Portter Cable, Hitachi, Bosch, Makita, Craftsman, etc. You are on the right track with this site. Welcome.
 

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Hi Suej, and Welcome Aboard. If you will check some of the previous posts on this subject you will find many recommendations. I think the most important thing is to determine what you want to do with your new router. It's intended use will dictate what style, HP, etc. would be "best". Then too, there is the question of money. How much do you want to spend?

If it were me, I would choose Porter Cable or Hitachi, 2 1/2 -3 1/2 HP, Variable Speed, Plunge Base. Routers of this size come with either seperate collets for 1/4" & 1/2" or with a split sleeve to reduce 1/2" to 1/4". If you are going to do raised panels, you will need the variable speed and the higher HP. Either of the above brands will adapt easily for table mounting. A good set of 1 1/2" guides and base plates are accessories I'd recommend as well.

Check out www.oak-park.com for the router bases and guides, also www.leevalley.com for some less expensive guides.

Hope this is helpful.
 
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