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Old 01-05-2008, 07:20 PM   #11
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I have that router with the changeable plunge or fixed bases. Great little workhorse. You might like the plunge base if you are doing any stop dadoes or any thing like that. That is a great price BTW.


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Old 01-05-2008, 08:07 PM   #12
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Hmmm... could buy the kit with the plunge router base for another $75. Think that's worth it? I'm thinking probably not; if I *do* need a plunge router in the future, I could either buy the base separately for $90, or likely find a second, plunge router for another $100.

Think it's worth an extra $75 up-front to have both bases?


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I also have the same router that came as a kit with the plunge base. That is an outstanding deal.
I like the router but the Collete is a slight PITA. It takes two wrenches to remove bits. I don't know if Porter Cable ever modified there Collete system since I bought mine.

You will find that the 1/2" bits are much better than the 3/8". They vibrate much less and create a smoother cut.
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Old 01-05-2008, 08:12 PM   #14
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First project will be a pair of bookcases that I've got designed to look like they'll be built-ins, but that can come along with me to the next house. Then, I've got to build shelving in virtually every closet in the house. Gotta maximize every nook and crany I can; for a small house, it's not put together all that efficienctly.
I'd like to see that.

I'm in the middle of a project right now--we bought an electric fireplace for the living room (mainly for show), and I am currently building inset shelves to go above it. I've never done anythign like this so I'm looking for ideas.

RE the plunge router add-on--do you see yourself doing projects that would require that?
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I have the 2 in one kit with the plunge base. I've rarely used it, but it can be great depending on the other tools you have. For instance, a plunge router is about the only way to drill a hole EXACTLY perpendicular to the surface, if you don't have a drill press. It's great for installing those Euro hinges, and making face frames and the like where you might want fluting that doesn't go all the way up.

On the other hand, before I had a plunge router, I would slowly lower the work piece down onto the bit on my router table. But this is neither the safest way, or the most accurate way.

Either way, I won't own any router other than a Porter Cable. Oh, check out MLCS for bits. They aren't the absolute best, but they're pretty darn good, and they have a lifetime warranty. Never had any problems with getting them to replace a bit.
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I guess I'm the exception, about 90% of the time I do router work, I use the plunge.
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I'm leaning towards the combo kit. Hell, it's my Christmas present! Plus, my old man told me how he regretted buying a fixed-base router instead of a plunge, so he'll give me crap if I don't get the plunge kit.
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Hmmm... could buy the kit with the plunge router base for another $75. Think that's worth it? I'm thinking probably not; if I *do* need a plunge router in the future, I could either buy the base separately for $90, or likely find a second, plunge router for another $100.

Think it's worth an extra $75 up-front to have both bases?
Read any post about "how many cornies should I buy" NO ONE answers get one.

In a related note, my kids are old enough to not need the playroom(garage) anymore so I'm redoing my woodshop and adding a bar
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I guess I'm the exception, about 90% of the time I do router work, I use the plunge.
Yeah, me to. I put the fixed base in a router table.
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Yeah, me to. I put the fixed base in a router table.
I've got the 3 horse version in my router table, I use the heck out of it and I'm to cheap to buy shaper, so I like the extra power in the router table.


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