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I bought a new Skil combo pack it's easy to change out but just what purpose does the plung router set up do, So far as I can tell this is a great router deal has lots of new and lates featers.
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The plunge router lets you have full control of the depth of the router bit..plus much more.

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I bought a new Skil combo pack it's easy to change out but just what purpose does the plung router set up do, So far as I can tell this is a great router deal has lots of new and lates featers.
A plunge router permits starting and stopping a cut inside a work piece - i.e. you don't have to start from the edge. Although it may be possible to "plunge" a fixed base router, it would be very difficult to control the tilt of the router as you plunge it, thereby producing a very rough cut - at least at the start. There's probably also a significant added risk of injuring yourself; or damaging the tool, or the work piece.

One example of a good application for a plunge router is a mortise. Mortises must be cut accurately for both function and appearance. Stopped dados are another example.

Also, a plunge router can be fitted to a router table without the need of a lift mechanism.
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All the above, PLUS with a plunge router, releasing pressure allows the cutter to retract into the safety of the housing, therefore making the plunge router far safer for non-professionals.

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