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Old 06-23-2019, 02:39 PM   #1
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Router Suggetions


Hey guys, looking for suggestions on a new router. Have used bosch before and think they are great little workhorses but am open to other oprions. I will mainly be using it for routing doors for hinges and occasionally cutting veneer or laminate. Not really concerned about needing it for table mounting but it would be cool if it was table compatible. Bosch colt looks good, but the Makitas look pretty comparable. I checked the Ryobi ones at HD too. The price is good but they look pretty cheaply constructed with all plastic components. I also have M18 tools but not sure if running thier router as a cordless is worth it. The battery adds a bit of weight and it sacrifices a bit of power and I really dont see many situations that i wont have an outlet nearby to easily plug in to.

Anyone used these specific models and have some insights?

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Old 06-23-2019, 05:22 PM   #2
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Makita laminate trimmer will handle door hinges & veneering with ease. I've got 3 of em & love the little work horses.

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I got a Colt a few years back and as nice as it is, it doesn't hold the depth half the time. Buying today I'd look at the Makita 18v.
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Hmmm... Just saw this deal from HD. Not available in store but basically a free sander, cuz the router alone sells for $99. Not sure how good the router is though.

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Makita laminate trimmer will handle door hinges & veneering with ease. I've got 3 of em & love the little work horses.
Is this the one you have? They look pretty decent and easy to handle.

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I have the Colt, and have been very satisfied with it for several years now. I've never experienced the depth drift some guys complain about occasionally.
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Is this the one you have? They look pretty decent and easy to handle.

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That's the one. Bought my last one from acme tool for $85
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I got a Colt a few years back and as nice as it is, it doesn't hold the depth half the time. Buying today I'd look at the Makita 18v.
I used to use the precursor to the colt for laminate work as well as door hinges alot and occasionally you would just have to readjust the bolt that held the depth plate just right to prevent it from slipping on fixed depth cuts. But as long as i checked it before doing doors i never had a problem. It only happened after removing it to freehand a laminate edge then replacing it if the bolt spun a little bit.

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Why wouldn't you just buy old PC 7310s all day on craigslist?



(and a couple more in the vehicle...)

50 bucks. They never break. The collet is a pain in the @zz. Visibility through the base sucks. Just don't get the one that's been used as a drywall cutout tool.
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I've got two of the Makita compact routers, one cordless and one corded. The cordless is just as much powerful as the cordless as far as handling everything I throw at it. I use it for dense composite as well. I also have two large porter cables. The little ones get used much more now.


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Is this the one you have? They look pretty decent and easy to handle.

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That's the one I have and recommend too.


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Why wouldn't you just buy old PC 7310s all day on craigslist?



(and a couple more in the vehicle...)

50 bucks. They never break. The collet is a pain in the @zz. Visibility through the base sucks. Just don't get the one that's been used as a drywall cutout tool.
Corner one sucks, belt slips Other than that work horses. If brushes weren't cheap and easy would have looked at new ones years ago.
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I have a Bosch colt and Makita cordless. I'm really loving using the Makita cordless. It's like grabbing you impact driver pop the battery in and go... It's real nice with no cord dragging around. Only thing I would say is it's a bit top heavy with a 5.0 battery on it but you get used to it.
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Makita laminate trimmer will handle door hinges & veneering with ease. I've got 3 of em & love the little work horses.
That's what I have and use it quite often.
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I got a Colt a few years back and as nice as it is, it doesn't hold the depth half the time. Buying today I'd look at the Makita 18v.
I use to have trouble w/ that then began pulling the bit up a bit from the bottom before tightening the collet.
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I always pull the bit up a little from the bottom. We learned that in high school woodshop. Lol


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Hmmm... Just saw this deal from HD. Not available in store but basically a free sander, cuz the router alone sells for $99. Not sure how good the router is though.

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I might be a little late to the conversation but I have the rigid that I bought quite a few years ago and I really like it.

It gets a fair amount of use both freehand for door hinges and such but I also use it in my jig for running beads, etc.

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If you are getting a coffee grinder sized router don't get a cord on it. I have started with the ridgid 18v and it was fine but now upgraded to the Makita 18 volt. The plunge base is one thing ridgid doesn't have and it's just a better all around quality
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I love my little DeWalt trimmer I even picked up the plunge base for it.
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I have the Colt, and have been very satisfied with it for several years now. I've never experienced the depth drift some guys complain about occasionally.
I have 7 of them and I agree that I haven't had the drift but on one occasion when I was using a bit much to big for the little router. Other than that one instance they have been great to use.

For a more heavy duty router that you can use as a hand or table mounted router I suggest the Bosch MRC23EVSK.

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