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    Looking at getting a plunge router today. Not afraid to spend a little more for a quality unit but also want to try keep it reasonable.

    Any thoughts on a fixed/plunge changeable base unit vs a dedicated plunge unit?

    I currently have an older fixed base variable speed Makita.
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    My son has the Bosch 1617 EVS with a fixed base and a plunge base that he really likes. When my 40 year old Craftsman dies I will buy this one as well.
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      Re: Advice on plunge router

      The Bosch 1617 is a great, reliable unit for sure. Can't go wrong with that one. I have the newer version of that model; the MR23 with both bases and can't recommend it highly enough. All of the features of the 1617 plus some newer ones that make it a superb machine.
      The difference between a master and a beginner: The master has failed more times than the beginner has even tried.

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        The only thing that people may not like about the Bosch is that you need two wrenches for the collet. I don't mind as I feel that the bit is very secure. I really like mine. I also have the Dewalt palm router with the fixed and plunge base that I prefer for smaller work where the power is not needed and the smaller router is easier to manage.

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          Re: Advice on plunge router

          Ditto on the Bosch!

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          • #6

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            Ditto on the DeWalt!
            Cheers
            Randy

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            • #7

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              Thanks for the insight. I will have to look at the DeWalt as well. Didn't end up getting out today to buy one.

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                Re: Advice on plunge router

                I have this set as well as an additional Mastercraft plunge router that is permanently set up for my Leigh jig.

                https://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/m...6810p.html#srp

                It goes on sale for like $120 or so fairly often. It works fine.

                I use the little DeWalt for most other freehand work, as it is light and easier to maneuver. I have a beast of a 3HP Milwaukee permanently mounted in the router table.
                Cheers
                Randy

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                  Re: Advice on plunge router

                  Originally posted by Randy in Calgary View Post
                  I have this set as well as an additional Mastercraft plunge router that is permanently set up for my Leigh jig.

                  https://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/m...6810p.html#srp

                  It goes on sale for like $120 or so fairly often. It works fine.

                  I use the little DeWalt for most other freehand work, as it is light and easier to maneuver. I have a beast of a 3HP Milwaukee permanently mounted in the router table.
                  I already have 4 routers including an extremely heavy plunge router; it is a pain in the neck to use because of its weight (power aplenty but heavy as he.. double hockey sticks) and is really useless for smaller projects such as boxes. I have often looked at the MC Maximum set at CTC and wondered if I should spring for one (occasional use only in my shop so no "professional use" consideration). Glad to see someone comment positively on the Maximum kit.

                  Ken

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                    Re: Advice on plunge router

                    Originally posted by KenL View Post

                    I already have 4 routers including an extremely heavy plunge router; it is a pain in the neck to use because of its weight (power aplenty but heavy as he.. double hockey sticks) and is really useless for smaller projects such as boxes. I have often looked at the MC Maximum set at CTC and wondered if I should spring for one (occasional use only in my shop so no "professional use" consideration). Glad to see someone comment positively on the Maximum kit.

                    Ken
                    This kit is 2 HP (11 amp) and is not small by any means. The little DeWalt set I have is really really nice. Lots of power for most things, small and easy to handle, very high build quality. I sold my laminate trimmer after buying this set. I does only take 1/4" shank bits though.

                    https://www.homedepot.ca/product/dew...mbo/1000851823
                    Last edited by Randy in Calgary; 03-23-2020, 12:13 PM.
                    Cheers
                    Randy

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                      Re: Advice on plunge router

                      Originally posted by Randy in Calgary View Post

                      This kit is 2 HP (11 amp) and is not small by any means. The little DeWalt set I have is really really nice. Lots of power for most things, small and easy to handle, very high build quality. I sold my laminate trimmer after buying this set. I does only take 1/4" shank bits though.

                      https://www.homedepot.ca/product/dew...mbo/1000851823
                      Agreed. And if you're patient, I snagged my kit for $199 on amazon.

                      https://ca.camelcamelcamel.com/product/B0049ZFUK2

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                        I will agree with Ken. I have the Maximum combo for about 4 years (used to go on sale for $99) and only use it for hobby use and it is all the router I will ever need. I believe it is one of the best Mastercraft products ever produced. Am looking at a small laminate trimmer just small portable use.

                        Mike

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                          Re: Advice on plunge router

                          Thanks for the advice. I will have to do some looking. I may see what that Max combo is like. I would definitely pull the trigger on one for $99. Its hard to believe the can put things on for 75% off and still hit a margin. Some items have to be loss leaders to get me into the store, it sure works!

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                            Re: Advice on plunge router

                            Originally posted by Fir-minator View Post
                            Thanks for the advice. I will have to do some looking. I may see what that Max combo is like. I would definitely pull the trigger on one for $99. Its hard to believe the can put things on for 75% off and still hit a margin. Some items have to be loss leaders to get me into the store, it sure works!
                            Coming from a retail background, they still hit their margins after a 75% off sale. Canadian Tire has those heavy discounts far too often for them not to make money.

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                              Re: Advice on plunge router

                              I have both the Bosch (in my router table) and the Maxim for free hand and agree with Randy and others . Grab the Maxim next time it goes on sale. Only light hobby use but works great.

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