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Less then 1 year 69 18.25%
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post #11 of 50 (permalink) Old 01-04-2005, 10:48 AM
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13 years - and I am glad that I don't have to use HSS bits anymore! It is amazing what is available for the tool now, in affordable cutters and jigs. My old PC 690 is still hanging in there, even though it is the number 2 router in the shop.

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Bought my first router, a Craftsman over 25 years ago but really haven't started using a router much until the past 10 years.

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I bought my first router in the early sixties, or late fifties, it was a Miller Falls, they
have been out of the biz. for years. I guess that makes me older than dirt.
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I'm a beginner. Hubby gave me a Porter Cable for Christmas but so far I've only used it to make a few pieces of molding and a couple of drawers. The next thing on my what-to-make list is a router table.

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post #15 of 50 (permalink) Old 03-27-2005, 05:58 AM
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purchased my first router right after i came home from korea 1953, it was a heavy tool,but it had mussel and realy did the job, althou at at this time bits were expensive and limited in profiles. mostly high speed steel which required much care and sharpining,but we lived thru it,carbide bits due make a difference
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post #16 of 50 (permalink) Old 03-27-2005, 07:08 AM
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25 yrs I started with my dad. Everytime I see Bob and Rick I see me and my Dad. - Kris
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post #17 of 50 (permalink) Old 03-27-2005, 07:15 AM
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Originally Posted by reible
How long ago did you start using a router? Have you just started this year? If it has been over 20 years leave a post with how many.

I have been using routers since the early 1970's. My first router was a Black and Decker 1/4" model and is still in use today. To date I have replaced the collet, base plate and cord. Pretty good service out of a router that is 30+ years old. I replaced the cord and base plate this year and was surprised to find that both of these items were available off the shelf at the local Dewalt repair depot. Just prior to Christmas 2004 I purchased a Hitachi M12V and am delighted with the results to date. I have it mounted in a Wolfcraft router table, but this table requires some serious rework in the area where the router mounts. The table top is made from 3/4" material and the cutout leaves an area about 1/4" thick. Add to that the adapter that mounts the router to the table at another 1/4" . I'm not comfortable running the router with the bit unseated in the collet by more than 1/4" so it has some limiting features. I plan to either rebuild or replace the top and will use a plate either available locally or I will make my own out of phenolic material.
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post #18 of 50 (permalink) Old 03-27-2005, 07:21 AM
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Well I guess I am the grandfather of routers. I bought a craftsman belt sander which had a detachable motor with a router base that you woulkd insert the motor into and presto a router. That was in 1952 or 3. I have had several different routers and brands. I use my Corter Cable 895 more than my Dewalt which are the newest ones that are less than 2 years old. Love that PC hands down
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post #19 of 50 (permalink) Old 03-27-2005, 08:30 AM
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Default Years of use

Somewhere around 30 years, I can't remember exactly. Don't remember the make, but it was big and unfriendly to use. My choice now would be Porter Cable plunge router. I have the 2 hp. and it is excellent with the minor exception that the hold down for the plunge needs to be reengineered. It is not up to snuff.
Also use my Hitachi 3hp. for heavy work, but don't be fooled. The PC at 2hp is virtually equivalent to the Hitachi at 3hp. Different manufactures rate their motors different. In this case the two are almost the same. If you don't understand motor ratings, ask someone knowledgeable before making a decision on that basis along. larry
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post #20 of 50 (permalink) Old 03-27-2005, 09:01 AM
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Purchased my first router about a month ago from a bosch 1617. Took me a couple days of playin with it before I actually used it to make a couple jigs. I also bought a portable router table from rockler, took me another day or two to get it operable.

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