Hi PaulI'm new to this forum- I build countertops and am about to invest in a Virutex tilt base laminate trimmer FR292R so I can trim bevelled edges on new and existing tops (resurfacing)- It's been on the market since 2006 but I've never seen one in action, so I've got lots of questions about it.- sells for about $300.00 Cdn. on Amazon.com Any suggestions or comments?
Virutex stuff is generally pretty robust. I have a couple of their tools and I'm favourably impressed. I posted the manual for the FR292R in the Power Tools Manual section here.
Advantages: it can take guide bushings just like a router (however they are Virutex ones, not P-C and only in metric), it will tilt from vertical to -1.5° to allow you to take the arris off a vertical edge with a straight cutter (useful), it has variable speeds, the base allows you to do trim/round-over on PVC/ABS edgings (to a limited extent) and it will take a side fence.
Disadvantages: the tilt lock requires an Allen key (which can be a PITA), you really have to be careful when using it tilted over to flush or -ve angle trim (it requires a two hand hold) and the one I use is noisy (but aren't routers generally?).
$300 CDN (GB £195) is somewhat cheaper than our local importer sells them for. I reckon it's not a bad price for this tool, especially as it will double as a small router.
Any further questions, please ask