Originally Posted by Billwolley
I agree that this is an unfair question and it's a question that is always asked. You have to fit the tool to the job being done.
And I would add -- to the working style of the person using it.
What works best for one person - isn't necessarily the same for others.
If it was -- then there would be no point in a survey like this.
Me -- all I ever owned was fixed base -- and frankly never found anything I needed to do in cabinet and furniture building that I couldn't do with them.
Recently bought the Craftsman combo because I did feel the need for a more powerful router for some jobs - and the price was right.
Have played some with the plunge base because I keep hearing people talk about how wonderful they are. Frankly I found myself often as not locking it in place -- essentially making it a fixed base. But -- at least now -- if I do find something I can't do well with a fixed base -- I have an option.
WILL say this in favor of the plunge base.
I liked the little 3-level stop that lets me automatically drop down in three steps.
If I have a job that needs multiple passes -- I only have to preset the maximum depth -- then use the adustable stop.
THAT is handy.