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I’m interested in buying a compact router.

If I’m not mistaken, I recall reading Pat Warner comment in one of his books his liking the Dewalt Variable Speed 1.25HP, Model DWP611PK Compact Router. I find on Amazon that it comes with LEDs and plunge base for $165 with free shipping. The Porter-Cable 1.25HP Compact Router Fixed & Plunge Base Kit is selling for $174.

I wonder if anybody would give me a recommendation, and why one is preferable over the other.

I can’t tell from the illustrations whether the “holes for premium edge guide” in the base (labeled “M”) in the attached illustration, go through the entire base to the other side. I’m interested because I’d like the option of installing an edge guide on either side to effectively capture the work piece to route a mortise. Again, I’m curious is anyone else has done this, and if so, were the guides store-bought or shop-made. If store-bought, kindly provide me the specifics and source.

I thank you in advance.


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