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View Poll Results: Favorite type of Router?
Fixed Base 32 12.50%
Plunge Type 97 37.89%
Interchangeable Bases 120 46.88%
No preference 22 8.59%
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post #21 of 24 (permalink) Old 11-30-2006, 09:24 PM
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I like my plunge router the best. I have both fixed base and plunge routers.
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post #22 of 24 (permalink) Old 01-10-2008, 10:30 PM
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Really matters what I'm working on at the time. For a router table I like my Porter-Cable Speedomatic fixed base, and for more elegant work I like the Bosch 3 1/4 hp plunge router.
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post #23 of 24 (permalink) Old 01-14-2008, 08:19 AM
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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.
Ditto -
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.

The one who says it can't be done --
Should avoid interrupting
the person doing it.
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Personally, I mostly use my Skil 1825 in the router table. That's my use preference, mostly because I'm not yet very comfortable with 'freehand' routing. It's just a matter of practise. So far I've been able to do most things using the fixed base in the router table but when I do use the plunge, my comfort level is rising, that's the good news.

Practise, practise, practise...

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