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Hi Wayno and welcome to the forum. We have quite a few members from down under. I think James Watt also hails from Sydney. A plunge router will do anything a fixed base router will do but the opposite is not true so I recommend that your first one be a plunge. I would also recommend that it be at least 2 hp (around 1200 watts). You'll be limited in what you can do with one much smaller than that.
 

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Welcome, the Aussie contingent will likely be along shortly. 2hp is pretty much the minimum. But if you're wanting to use it in a table, do consider the Triton TRA001. Hell of a machine. I learned about it from Harry Sinclaire, who lives on the West Coast. Great router and even has a built in lift. Lots of fans here of the slightly smaller but equally great Bosch 1617, which has a different model number down there. Hard to beat either of them. There's a lot of information on here about building your own table as well as on YouTube.
 

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Welcome to the forum, Wayne! Hope you get the router you need (I have the Bosch 1617 and it's been a great router) and that you get started on projects soon. Be sure to post photos.

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G'day All,
Just wanted to stop past and say g'day my Wayne i'm from sydney.
Only started up wood working last year and I'm looking for my first router.
Looking forward to reading and learning as much as I can from this forum.

Cheers,
Wayno
Hi Wayno,anything you want to know about woodwork & routers etc look no further. The men & women here are the best,no doubt about it. Jamesjj
 

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Thanks for the great welcome guys at the moment funds are really short so I might end up with a cheapish trim router to start with something to learn on and go for something better when i can afford it at the moment the trim router should work for way i want to do.
Of course once i get use to it and get my confidence up then i will try some bigger projects and get a better plunge router.
 
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