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bobj3 10-09-2006 03:08 PM

How Many Routers
How Many Routers DO You Have :D

And what kind ?,make,model,size, HP, out of the routers you have what is your favorite and which one do you wish you didn't buy and why.

I'm sure someone can use this as a guide to buy a new one. :)

Bj :)

RustyW 10-09-2006 07:47 PM

Right now I only have 1. But I have 1plunge and 2 fixed bases for it.


challagan 10-09-2006 08:46 PM

I have 1 Craftsman 1 1/8 HP router ( junk ) 1 Craftsman 1 1/2 HP router about 15 years old that is a decent router, my Dewalt DW 618 plunge and fixed base and the DW 625 is under the hood of my router table. I plan on adding a Porter Cable 310 Laminate trimmer soon.


Mark 10-09-2006 11:14 PM

Can't even vote for this one, sadly I don't own a router :p.

dan_public 10-10-2006 02:30 PM

Festool OF1400, Hitachi M12V (for future table)

JohnnyR 10-10-2006 04:27 PM

Ok, here goes...I have 2 PC 690s with three bases one of which is dedicated to a Shopsmith router table with the overarm setup. The second 690 generally stays with my Leigh D4 rig. Next is a Ryobi 600 in a Lee Valley table with the Incra Ultra/Intellifence setup. I also have the Veritas fence system and pin routing arm for this table, until I build another one that is! For a powerful stand-alone router I have a Freud FT2000E and the baby is a Ryobi TR30U laminate trimmer.

I suppose I could stretch my count a bit if I include the routing/shaping capabilities of the Shopsmith 510 and the Delta 43-505C router/shaper table. ;) Is there such a thing as too many?

MikeMa 10-10-2006 07:40 PM

I have two. I have a craftsman 75 year anniversary one that is 1 3/4 HP. I have since upgraded to the Bosch 1617 2.25 hp set. At this point I have 3 fixed bases for it, and 1 plunge base. One of the fixed bases has the router table top height adjustment, the other was on my router table and will go on a horizontal table once it is built. The other is actually for hand held use. ;-)

MikeMa 10-10-2006 07:41 PM

Actually my router count would be 3 if you count my craftsman/rotozip equivalent.

nzgeordie 11-11-2006 11:52 AM

One Triton TRA001 for table/hand use and one Bosch POF500 for hand use and jig work on lathe. Both plunge type (no fixed bases down here!).

CVPoker 11-25-2006 01:25 PM

I only have one, and just bought it. A DeWalt 618PK.

kp91 12-23-2006 03:22 PM

1 PC 693 with 2 bases
1 PC 894 with 2 bases
1 HF laminate trimmer (Lot of Bang for the $19 it cost on sale)
1 Sears Rotozip type unit (Surprisingly usefull, I must admit!)

The 2 Porter cable router kits are great because most of the parts and accessories are interchangable, the only thing that gets me mumbling under my breath is the 690 bases use fractional screws, the 890 bases have metric screws. When swapping stuff back and forth, got to make sure not to cross thread them.

Would love to pick up another 890 motor only, seen a couple good buys on ebay, maybe can find one in a garage sale.

mgreene93 12-31-2006 10:31 PM

I have 10 routers, but I've never use them. Right now, I'm just a tool collector.

crolf 01-02-2007 07:02 PM

I have 3 Routers. 2 Black & Decker fixed base ( one monted in router table) and a Ryobi plunge . The Ryobi is my favorite. Oh and a dremal tool with a router base.

bob oswin 01-03-2007 05:27 PM

I am ashamed to admit, I have 8.
I would be happier if I could learn to use one of them to a 90% level.! :)


jfacteau 01-16-2007 12:36 PM

I have an old Sears I bought about 26 years ago, 1hp and a PC694VK with both bases that I just bought about 3 months ago, I still like my Sears for doing laminate work etc, that was the main reason I bouhgt it back then. Got my 50.00 dollars worth so far

Oakery 02-10-2007 12:05 PM

Right now I own a 1HP Craftsman and a 1 3/4 HP Craftsman - both 1/4".
I just ordered a refurb Hitachi M12V and can't wait to get it!

ejant 05-31-2007 08:39 AM

Festool OF1400
Festool OF2000
Dewalt 625
Dewalt laminate trimmer
Hitachi 12v
Bosch 2.5hp
2 Milwaukee 5616 2.25hp
Porter Cable 7518

scrollwolf 05-31-2007 08:54 AM

I have 10:
2- PC 890 series
1- PC 690
3-Older Craftsman
1-Newer Craftsman that is very similar to the PC-890
1- HF trim router
1-Sears version of the Roto Zip

Doyle 08-22-2007 04:47 PM

I have 5:
1- 1hp Montgomery Ward that I bought 28 years ago and still going strong.

1- 3 1/4 PG 7518 in my router table

1- PC 890 with plunge and fixed base

1- hp Marvel MLCS 3-in-1 Router

1- model 395 Dremel with plunge and fixed Router Base

stutsmd 11-05-2007 03:17 PM

I have an OLD (1974) Craftsman 1.5 which has been very good; a newer Craftsman 1.5 (circa 1998) which will not hold its adjustment - wish I had not bought it; I also have an Elu 3338, 2.25 plunge which is great and a new PC 7518 which is now dedicated to the router table - still on the lookout for a small laminate trimmer or something similar.

digger313 12-11-2007 08:28 PM

I have 8 routers, 3 freuds, 2 bosch, 1 craftsman 1 triton, and 1 mastercraft maximum

challagan 01-03-2008 09:46 PM

Updated: I Dewalt 3 HP DW 625, one DW 618 2 1/4 HP Fixed/Plunge Combo Base, One new style Craftsman 1 3/4 Plunge, One new Craftsman 2 HP Fixed/Plunge Base Combo and one severely crippled Bosch Colt :)


Drugstore Cowboy 01-10-2008 11:37 AM

Since I do 99% of what I do strictly for pleasure --
ie - time does not equal money
I've never really felt a need to own more than one at a time.

Just bought the Craftsman Combo discussed widely here with the idea that I would send my Ryobi to my brother.
BUT -- getting lazy in my old age --- think I will keep the Ryobi for hand work and mount the heavier duty Craftsman 'permanently' in my table.

So - now -- I have 2

mailee 01-10-2008 04:56 PM

Yep, got to admit I am a router nut too as I have 9 routers in my collection.
2 Elu 96E 1/4"
2 Hitachi MV12
1 De Walt 615 1/4"
1 De Walt 625E 1/2"
1 Tend T5 1/4"
1 Freud 2000V 1/2"
1 Power Pro 1/2"
Most of these are in use as I leave a few of them set up for jigs ETC. I do have the freud as a backup router for hand use and the Hitachi is in my table. The one I do regret buying is the Power Pro one as it just wasn't accurate enough. ;)

Hamlin 01-11-2008 06:57 PM

1 Craftsman Pro model (free hand work)
2 Makita 3612C's (1 table mounted, the other hand held, my fav's by far)
1 yukon (junk)

I needed to update this one... same as above but with the following additions.
1 roto-zip (Home Depot purchased)
1 Dremil (if that counts)

karateed 01-11-2008 10:52 PM

I got 1....a lonely Skil 1825....:-(

Oh, wait.....I have a router accessory to a dremel. Does that count?


jer760 02-06-2008 10:31 PM

1 hitatchi m12vc
1 sears combo as discussed here
1 bosch colt
1 triton trc 001

looking for a plunge base for the hitachi

AlanZ 11-02-2008 05:57 AM

A few months ago, I bought a Triton 2.25 hp router to use in a CMT table.

This was my (fine) introduction to the joys of routing, replacing a less than compelling Craftsman router that I had for 20 years.

This week, I came across an unused Festool OF1400, with accessories on Craigslist, and I grabbed it at a great price. I started acquiring Festool items recently, and could not be more pleased with the tools, so this was a serendipitious addition to my little woodworking arsenal.

So now I have a great combination. The Triton in the table, and the Festool for handheld and rail guided use.

I'll find a good home for the 1/4" Crafstman.

jschaben 06-24-2011 05:06 PM

I've got six going right now.
2 Freud 1700's; one fixed base in a portable table and one two base kit for handheld work
1 Freud 3000 in a free standing table
1 Hitachi M12VC two base kit for more hand held stuff
1 Trend T-4 trim router for light plunge work such as door hinge mortises
1 Bosch Colt "installer kit" for light edge work and who knows what else as I haven't had it long enough to play with all the whiz bangs it came with.:)

jw2170 06-24-2011 07:54 PM


Originally Posted by bobj3 (Post 34019)
How Many Routers DO You Have :D

And what kind ?,make,model,size, HP, out of the routers you have what is your favorite and which one do you wish you didn't buy and why.

I'm sure someone can use this as a guide to buy a new one. :)

Bj :)


Only just noticed in this thread, you did not admit how may you had BJ........

Page not big enough to list them....?


dutchman 46 06-30-2011 03:09 PM

I have 4 routers. The first router ! bought in the 60's It's a sears 1/4 in. shaft. I have a sears 1/4 in drive that I got in the 80,s I have a Ryobi 2+ hp, It has the 3-bases, That's My favorite. Because of the bases. I also have a small based router, that doesn't get used very much these.

hdoilcan 11-20-2011 11:13 PM

Dewalt 618 with fixed and plunge
PC 690 fixed
Older Skill

chris9288 12-14-2011 12:02 AM

None yet and i see I'm the first one here with that reply.. :(

Mike 12-14-2011 04:24 AM

The number varies depending on when I am asked. At the moment I own 8.

ethylplant 12-26-2011 02:55 PM

I have 4 at the moment. Just gave 1 to my brother :)

1. Porter Cable 890 (with fixed base, and plunge base) currently mounted under my router table

2. Freud FT 2000E plunge router (use it for hand work)

3. Craftsman router (1960's - #315.25031) that still runs very well - use it occasionally just for fun

4. Ryobi laminate trimmer / router

taxque 12-26-2011 03:18 PM

Let's see
(1) PC-310, plam router
(4) PC-690, one of which is D-handle configuration one of which with plunge base.
(1) PC-890
(2) DW 621
(2) DW 625, mounted in table
(1) Bosch Colt
(1) Trend T4
(1) Festool 1010
(1) Festool 1400

I probably forgot something. I like them all, 690 probably my favorite.

OPG3 12-26-2011 04:26 PM

I have 3- PC690's: 1- table-mounted, 1- fixed base & one is a combo with plunge and fixed bases. Having three of the same saves me a lot of expense and headaches when it comes to accessories. Certainly there are more powerful routers with more bells & whistles, but these have sufficed my needs for several years. Porter-Cable has a service outlet about 30 minutes from me and their repairs are always painless procedures. OPG3

Pine Cone 01-18-2012 05:20 PM

I have 3 routers. A 1 3/4 Sears router that is about 25 years old and still going strong, a Dewalt 618 (three base kit) that I'm still getting used to, and a laminate router.

jlord 01-18-2012 05:41 PM

I have about 20 total now.

MEBCWD 01-18-2012 10:21 PM

I have:
1 Craftsman 315 25070
1 craftsman 315 25051
1 Porter Cable 6902
1 Porter Cable 890
1 Porter Cable 3+ hp variabl speed that is under a router table at the back of the shop
3 Porter Cable 7301 complete with all bases 7311's
2 Bosch PR20EVS - 1 for CNC Shark Pro, 1 is complete kit (Back up for Shark)
1 Ryobi TR30U3 given to me by a very good friend after he used it once (scared him)
2 air routers I really like to use for light to medium work
1 Campbell Hausfeld air cutout tool that I have only used with 1/4" bits as a router
1 Craftsman 18v 9 11582 cutout tool that has only had 1/4" bits in it
1 3 1/4 hp off brand that works OK but I don't think 3 1/4 HP, more like 2 1/2 HP
I might have missed 1 or 2 but if I did I don't use them much.


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