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Okay gang, here's the situation. My hands and wrists are shot and I am having a tough time wrestling a PC-890 around running dados etc. I want to find a light, quality router of 1.5 hp or even less that is user friendly. I know I want to hande it myself before buying but thought you guys might be able to save me a little time narrowing the field.
I have other BIG table mounted MANLY routers so don't need bigger. Thanks boys!
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I recommend looking at the Bosch Colt depending on your needs.
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HI Birch

Bob is right on with the Colt,,,,but you may want to make a ski jig, it will hold the weight of the router for you,,if you use the search tool on the forum you will see many post about the ski jig...

It's just a slick way to use your router you will say I didn't know I could do that so easy...without the pain in my hands and wrists ....

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Okay gang, here's the situation. My hands and wrists are shot and I am having a tough time wrestling a PC-890 around running dados etc. I want to find a light, quality router of 1.5 hp or even less that is user friendly. I know I want to hande it myself before buying but thought you guys might be able to save me a little time narrowing the field.
I have other BIG table mounted MANLY routers so don't need bigger. Thanks boys!


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Oh yeah you have to use the skii if you have wrist and hand pain as you do not need to hold on and squeeze tight at all using it.

If hand pain is an issue definitley get a skii set up or make one. Then you could use even a 3 hp unit and it would still be less stress on your hands than holding a 1 hp unit, plus you get more control. I have a 1.6 HP until on my skis it is all "ready made" stuff from Trend. With skii's you can switch in any router I like in a few minutes.

I have trigger finger in several fingers of both hands and the skiis really helped a lot.

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By golly you guys, I hadn't given a thought to skis. I know about them of course and will give it some thought. I have a little 7310PC that I used twice, did not like, and tossed in a drawer. Maybe I'll did it out of my "reject pile" and give it a try, but it will not do some of what I need.
Even a PC 690 would be a relief! HA!
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Okay Bob.....where did you get the PLUNGE base for the Colt!!!! Jeeze....that would be a nice tool! Can I actually buy one or do I need to go to an industrial machine school and learn how to fabricate one from the carcass of an old Mercedes-Benz 240D??
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HI Birch

You can make one very easy and quick....with some scrap 3/4" thick MDF stock..

http://www.routerforums.com/jigs-fix...unge-base.html


All you need to have some big bits /or circle jig \ shop make a circle jig, here's a snapshot of a easy to make shop circle jig.


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The 1.75hp Craftsman is a nice router also. 8.5 pounds.
http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_12605_00917541000P

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Bob, I am totally BAFFLED! I asked about the plunge base for the Colt router and you showed me how to build a MDF circle cutting jig. I think. Are some of my synapses not snapping in time or what?
We must keep in mind, at all times, that most of this stuff is extremely difficult for me to absorb, let alone when it gets confusiing. Ha!!
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Hi Birch

Sorry
In order to make the rings you will need to have big drill bits or a circle jig to make them.. the drill bits are not cheap and the circle jig is

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Bob, I am totally BAFFLED! I asked about the plunge base for the Colt router and you showed me how to build a MDF circle cutting jig. I think. Are some of my synapses not snapping in time or what?
We must keep in mind, at all times, that most of this stuff is extremely difficult for me to absorb, let alone when it gets confusiing. Ha!!



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