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Which Plunge router would you recommend?

  • Triton

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7646 Views 26 Replies 16 Participants Last post by  Dangerman
I'm new to this forum.......But certainly not new to woodworking. I found this forum when researching which plunge router I should purchase. There are a lot out there. I was wondering if I could ask your opinion regarding which plunger router you recommend.........?

The router will be used primarily for mortising into oak and routing along pattern fixtures. I'm thinking a minimum of 2.25 H.P. and of course plunge. I know that there are kits out there providing both fixed base and plunge base and that's o.k. I'm not sure I need fixed base, but if that's what it takes, that's fine.

I have been looking at Triton, Bosch, Hitachi, Milwaukee, Porter Cable, Dewalt and Ridgid...............Which would you recommend based upon your experience?

Thanks for your help...
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I believe many like the Bosch and the Triton. The one that I like the most you don't have listed.
Hi Dale,

I'm very partial to my two Makita 3612C's. Sears now has a very nice 2hp combo for around $119.00. This one is coming in a very close 2nd place for me. Soft start, VS, fixed and plunge base, LED lighting. Plenty of power needed even to do large jobs.

As Mike has pointed out, if you can try one out before you purchase, this would help you in your decision. If it doesn't feel right in your hands, odds are, you ain't gonna use it.
Hi Dale,

I have the Makita 3612C. This is variable speed plus the electric brake. That's the main reason I love it so much. As Mike mentioned, I got both of mine through Amazon. They do have some pretty good deals there. :)

I think that many of the sears models are copies of Bosch. Don't quote me on that. ;)

As you're finding out, there are many makes & models. The draw back to the 3+hp is, weight. They do get heavy, roughly around 15lbs.
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