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Smile Intro Greetings djohn from Norway MI (U.P.)

I'm looking forward to discussions with those that know woodworking. I recently retired and am looking forward to a number of wood related projects. I have built a few items: Garden bench and am currently working on a work bench. Most of my work is done in the garage or driveway during warm weather. I am claiming a portion of the basement for woodworking. Nothing large but a start. I have a few tools: table saw, sliding miter saw, circular saw, scroll saw, a number of drills, bench grinder and twin tank compressor for nailing. That's about it for powered tools. I'm in the research mode looking for my first router. Wondering if I should start with the kit or just a single router and decide from there. I could use your advice on the matter.

Looking forward to a lot of advice and good old communication. Thanks!
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A plunge will do anything a fixed base will and more. There are some jobs that shouldn't be tried with a fixed base in my opinion. However, a fixed base is a litter nicer to use where a plunge is not needed because they are usually a little quicker to adjust and they have a lower center of gravity.

If money is an issue get a plunge. You can have the best of both with a combo kit. Buy a quality brand and you won't regret it later. Bosch, DeWalt, Makita, Hitachi, Milwaukee, and Porter Cable are all popular brands here although I'm not sure if all of them offer combo kits.

Someone I consider a master woodworker once told me that a master woodworker is not someone who never makes mistakes. He is someone who is able to cover them up so that no one can tell.
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Welcome John. You will find all members very helpful.��
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Hi John and welcome

As a fellow European I'll point out what our North American colleagues are possibly unaware of - the almost complete lack of fixed base router models in Europe for much of the last 35 or more years. I've been using plunge routers since selling my Stanleys back in the late 1970s, Elus to start with, deWalt and other brands later on, and personally I can see no advantages to fixed base (other than possibly cost), because a plunge router can do everything a fixed base router can do, and an awful lot more besides. I'm not sure what makes you have in the Norwegian market, but the "big name" brands here in the UK include deWalt, Bosch, Festool, Metabo, Trend, Mafell, Virutex, Makita and Hitachi. We don't see some of the more specialist German makes any more, such Scheer, or Freud/Felisatti from Spain/Italy (they are one and the same these days) but it doesn't make too much difference because there's a fairly good range available to us. The DIY ranges we see include Ryobi, AEG, Black & Decker, Einhell and Perles plus a host of low-cost Chinese imports. Some of those names may not be familiar to those across the pond

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Phil, he's from Norway, Michigan. (U.P.) stands for Upper Peninsula meaning he's almost Canadian. Good advice though. You predominantly see fixed base in our stores. That and the fact they are cheaper is why many novices buy one of them first which then forces them to try using them for jobs they should be using a plunge for. I think the new proliferation of combo kits here is a at least a small step in correcting that problem.

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Welcome John from a fellow Michigander although from the L.P. As far as routers I have always been impartial to Porter Cables. Although I just recently purchased a combo kit from Bosch and itching to use it. About twice a year I head up to Houghton Hancock and Calumet on business and if I can possibly squeeze in a visit.
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