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I'll be making some laminate counter tops and will need to trim the laminate. I have a Roto Zip but would probably be better off with a Compact Trim Router. I've read several magazine reviews but would like some more recommendations from you folks. Thank You.
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Bosch Colt if you really want a trimmer but the people that own a Makita also seem to be happy with them. If you go just a little bigger the DW 611, especially in the combo package where you also get a plunge base, is a good choice. There are quite a few of us on the forum now that own one and I don't remember seeing any reviews on it that were unfavourable from anyone.
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The Makita also has a model that comes with a plunge base. If you don't want to spend the money for a trim router your Roto-Zip will do the job.

PS- Of coarse having a trim router is nice.

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Jim, the Trend T-4 might be a good solution for you. It is priced lower than other brands and has more power too. It includes a dust collection port that is similar to what is found on the big Festool OF2200EB; it seals around the bit for better dust collection. In close quarters the Colt is the champ since it is considerably smaller than the others.(Using the standard base) I was uncomfortable with the offset handles on the DeWalt but others have no problem with them. Any of these models would be easier to control than your Rotozip. While members are happy with the Makita it has been my experience that their customer service is sorely lacking.
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One other thing, the Trend T-4 has the largest selection of guide bushings for more possible offsets than anyone else. Sets are available in metric odd number sizes, metric even number sizes and in fractional sizes. There is also an adapter plate for using PC style guide bushings.
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Couple of questions:

A- do you need a trim router? I trimmed a lot of counter tops with just a regular router, just have to make sure you do it before final installation

B- are you going to need a trim router again in the future? I used to have a few HF trim routers when sign making, got rid of them and now only have a little Ridgid one that is rarely used. Most of the time I can use the 'bigger' routers.

C- does it have to be new? I can usually find a trim router for cheap on Craigslist or other similar sites on a regular basis. >>>>>RIDGID laminate trimmer <<<<<In fact, my trimmer is for sale near you right now for $60 with bits....



I reviewed it a while back http://www.routerforums.com/tool-rev...tml#post204830

I honestly don't know if I would buy a trim router again if I had to do it all over again. I have a Sears rotozip style router that does all of the 1/8" collet jobs, and plenty of routers for the other jobs. It comes in handy when needed, but it almost isn't needed enough to justify the convenience.

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No trimmer has it all but the R2401 is my first choice. Notwithstanding, I agree with KP, a one time job is not an excuse for another purchase.
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Couple of questions:

A- do you need a trim router? I trimmed a lot of counter tops with just a regular router, just have to make sure you do it before final installation

B- are you going to need a trim router again in the future? I used to have a few HF trim routers when sign making, got rid of them and now only have a little Ridgid one that is rarely used. Most of the time I can use the 'bigger' routers.

C- does it have to be new? I can usually find a trim router for cheap on Craigslist or other similar sites on a regular basis. >>>>>RIDGID laminate trimmer <<<<<In fact, my trimmer is for sale near you right now for $60 with bits....



I reviewed it a while back http://www.routerforums.com/tool-rev...tml#post204830

I honestly don't know if I would buy a trim router again if I had to do it all over again. I have a Sears rotozip style router that does all of the 1/8" collet jobs, and plenty of routers for the other jobs. It comes in handy when needed, but it almost isn't needed enough to justify the convenience.
I've got a DeWalt 618 2 1/4 hp. I have used it for hand held flush trimming. It worked but I had to be more diligent than I figure I would have had to be if I had used a trimmer. I just thought a trimmer would be easier to handle and less risky....don't want to botch the job. I've watched some videos and the trimmer seemed pretty easy vs what I envisioned with a larger router. I don't anticipate a lot of use in the future....my project is a one and done. Like the roto zip it'll have its job specific uses. Most trimming will be done before final installation so maybe I can stand the counter top on edge so the router can sit on the edge to be trimmed....a couple of pieces will have to be trimmed after installation.
I think you have talked me out of buying a trim router.
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The best thing you can do is make an offset base or an edge guide to eliminate the possibility of the router tipping over the edge. That is the biggest risk when trimming a counter top.

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You can see one of the trimming jigs in this free video preview. Easy to build for your full sized router; plans are available.

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