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Old 06-02-2015, 12:26 AM   #1
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Best Router For Edge Profiling?


Just looking for suggestions on what you guys think the best router for edge profiling is? I don't use a router for much beyond that.
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Old 06-02-2015, 03:24 AM   #2
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I have always been partial to Bosch routers.Used them daily for years.They are very smooth and hold up well.I would get a 2hp VS for general use.Might as well make it a plunge as once you get one you will find many more used for it.
I've also owned a lot of Porter Cables but am unsure of their quality these days and still always preferred to use the Bosch.

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I've burned up a couple of the bosch palm routers from using bits that were a bit to large. You have to take it easy on the bosch. Not a huge fan of the bosch's micro adjustment.

I recently bought a couple of the good porter cable palm routers, the ones that are 1-1/4 horse. I like them so far. I wanted a little more power than the bosch offered and the good porter cable palm routers look solid. Don't buy the cheap pc ones. Worthless imo. I have two or three that are rated just above worthless to me.
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Festool 1400. Hands down best, most versatile router on the market.
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Re: Best Router For Edge Profiling?


Like Maco said, I also been using Boch combo for a long time and it never fails as long as the bits are sharp.

With that said it depends what kind of routing you plan to do, i.e wood type, profile size and type, etc you should use the router designed for a specific job.
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MFK 700 for small detail edges, 1010 for medium sizes edge bits, 1400 for lager profiles. 2200 for balls out huge bit turning, I use a 3-5/8" panel raising bit hand held in the 2200.

The new little DeWalts are very nice routers, probably what you're looking for.

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Best router for edge profiling?-imageuploadedbycontractortalk1433251804.178596.jpg

I find this 1 1/4 hp to be amazing for quick edge profiling, hinge mortising etc. Its lightweight and has led lighting in the base. Very good bit visibility when working also.
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My first router was a Makita 3601b and its still my fav to this day:

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Low center of gravity, with the D handle makes its the most comfortable for edge tasks, and its capable of 1/2 inch bits. If all you are doing is small bits, then a trim router might do the job, but if you intend on larger cove, ogee, or roundover bits, you will need to step up to a midsize 1 1/2 horse to get it done.

I have a bosch d handle as well which I like, as its got a great base system for guide templates, but still like the Makita better. Makita's offering in this space today is more powerfull, but a bit too top heavy for my taste.

For the same reason, I hate the festool 1400. Handle just doesn't feel right to me on a router, but that just personal preference.
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best router for edge profiling doesn't say much . how big of a bit do you want to use . how many routers are you willing/wanting to own .
you will get to broad of a response with that question .
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I've burned up a couple of the bosch palm routers from using bits that were a bit to large. You have to take it easy on the bosch. Not a huge fan of the bosch's micro adjustment.

I recently bought a couple of the good porter cable palm routers, the ones that are 1-1/4 horse. I like them so far. I wanted a little more power than the bosch offered and the good porter cable palm routers look solid. Don't buy the cheap pc ones. Worthless imo. I have two or three that are rated just above worthless to me.
Judging from your description of the poor micro adjust I assume you were using a laminate trimmer and that is what they are designed for.Mine has held up well for 20 years for it's intended purpose.
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Judging from your description of the poor micro adjust I assume you were using a laminate trimmer and that is what they are designed for.Mine has held up well for 20 years for it's intended purpose.

Correct. I was mistaken to think I could make them work.

My biggest complaint was that the bit wouldn't run perpendicular to the fence. You could run an eight inch round over on one side and it would be perfect, rotate the router 180 degrees and you be beading. I bought them thinking I could leave dedicated bits in them like round overs but they didn't work out.
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I like my fixed base Porter cable 690 for edge profiles. I have that little Dewalt too. I even have a plunge base for or, very nice little router for light work.
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Fixed base for edge routing. Either porter cable 690 or dewalt dw 618. Both seen to be cheap and durable. The porter cable has been around for ever.
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My biggest complaint was that the bit wouldn't run perpendicular to the fence. You could run an eight inch round over on one side and it would be perfect, rotate the router 180 degrees and you be beading. I bought them thinking I could leave dedicated bits in them like round overs but they didn't work out.[/QUOTE]

bummer .i was thinking those little bosch colts were so nice .that is way off square .I would expect that from harbor freight but not bosch. i have 4 little laminate set-up like you were thinking . bought them all used ,all old .though guess i needed to rebearing more then one .
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My biggest complaint was that the bit wouldn't run perpendicular to the fence. You could run an eight inch round over on one side and it would be perfect, rotate the router 180 degrees and you be beading. I bought them thinking I could leave dedicated bits in them like round overs but they didn't work out.
bummer .i was thinking those little bosch colts were so nice .that is way off square .I would expect that from harbor freight but not bosch. i have 4 little laminate set-up like you were thinking . bought them all used ,all old .though guess i needed to rebearing more then one .[/QUOTE]

Miscommunication. I liked my bosch, the motor just didn't hold up. I was referring to the porter cable laminate routers that are cheap in regards to the perpendicular issue.

I have the better porter cable palm router now, the bosch has features that I like better, I like how the bosch changes the bit better, I find the pc to be really annoying to loosen/tighten.
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bummer .i was thinking those little bosch colts were so nice .that is way off square .I would expect that from harbor freight but not bosch. i have 4 little laminate set-up like you were thinking . bought them all used ,all old .though guess i needed to rebearing more then one .
Miscommunication. I liked my bosch, the motor just didn't hold up. I was referring to the porter cable laminate routers that are cheap in regards to the perpendicular issue.

I have the better porter cable palm router now, the bosch has features that I like better, I like how the bosch changes the bit better, I find the pc to be really annoying to loosen/tighten.[/QUOTE]
thanks for clearing that up .good info .
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I went through 4 Colts, just gave up. Between the adjustment, collet, and base they were as waste of money and time.

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[QUOTE=tccoggs;3080602]My first router was a Makita 3601b and its still my fav to this day:

Same here and my opinion won't change. First used one in 1977 in my apprenticeship. It got hammered and I got my own years later. Still have it. Ours got used for everything and I admit it is a compromise on some other tasks but you only want it for edging.

One-handed operation if necessary, reliable old workhorse which does it's job without any fuss. Can, and has, get knocked off the workbench onto a concrete floor and will bounce right back to work. If it's edging and only edging you're doing, this will do the job.

Remember these numbers, 3601
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ridgid palm router for me
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The Dewalt 611 is a good little router. I bought the little dust port for it, helps but still messy.

The Festool 1010 is also a good little router. Dust port is a little more efficient but the chip catcher just drives me nuts. Maybe the more I use it the better I will like it.

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