Woodworking Guys - Router Recommendation?

msgmsg Posts: 5,562
Hey guys,
I'm looking for a router. Never used one, but have a few tasks where I could use one now, like a veneering project on some 11Ts I'm reworking, and for finishing touches on some shelving/rack ideas I'm kicking around.

I prefer to buy quality tools for stuff like this where accuracy and clean finish is a requirement. Doesn't need to be super top end, but good, sturdy build quality and practical, useful features are desired. This means I'll probably be skipping the Harbor Freight stuff for this tool.

Looking for information/considerations for the power tool, and also possible upgrades/features that I may want down the road as I gain more experience - something I can get started with now, and grow into, and not finding myself wanting to replace it in short order.

Any suggestions?

Thanks in advance.
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  • MalbecMalbec Posts: 526
    Look at the Porter Cable 690 series.
    The Dewalt 611 is a bit smaller and better suited for laminate work more so than the PC. If you're not going to be plowing out dados and just doing edge profiles on boards the Dewalt may be the better option.
    If you have money to burn, look at the Festool system. I have used all three, you can't go wrong with any of them.
  • halenhalen Posts: 611
    Festool may be an option. I have not used many router brands, but the festool was nice.

  • MalbecMalbec Posts: 526
    Oh yeah, router bits. Whiteside.
  • lightman1lightman1 Posts: 10,647
    One that won't rip your thumb off at 13k RPM should you hit a knot.
  • NightfallNightfall Posts: 9,032
    Milwaukee everything.

    No experience, just biased brand loyalty.
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  • lightman1lightman1 Posts: 10,647
    Nightfall wrote: »
    Milwaukee everything.

    No experience, just biased brand loyalty.
    Experience here....just a plain old 3/8 hole shooter. I've had her for ~25 years. The only repair I've had to do was replace the cord and brushes.....and the left latch on the "metal" storage case sticks at times.
  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 16,345
    I bought a really nice Craftsman at the pawn shop about 7yrs ago looked brand new. I've used the snot out of it i have no complaints for the 25$ i spent.
  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 44,515
    edited July 2017
    Porter Cable 691. The D handle comes in very handy. Also agree with Malbec that Whiteside makes excellent bits.
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  • mrlorenmrloren Posts: 2,291
    Porter Cable is about it for a fixed base router. Plunge router DeWalt and Bosch are good.

    I have two Harbor Freight 2HP fixed base routers. Good routers for the price. One is on my router table and the other is for free hand. My plunge router is a Black & Decker 1&3/4 HP. not a bad router for the $35 I paid for it at close out.

    Whiteside bits, Bouch and Freud bits are good too. One of the local Lowes had Marples bits that are fantastic. It was just a trial run by Marples but if you can find them great. I picked some up when they closed them out. Paid like $6 a bit. Try to stay away from the bit sets, most of these are cheap or you are going to be buying ones you will never use in the set. Also try to get 1/2" shank, most of the box stores only sell 1/4" shank bits. rockler has a nice selection of every bit you will ever want.

    You think this board can spend money on audio,,,, I can drain you account on woodworking tools :)

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  • msgmsg Posts: 5,562
    Damn, Mr. Miyagi, nice!
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  • msgmsg Posts: 5,562
    Great info here to get me started, guys, thanks a lot. I'll get to reading with these recommendations in mind.

    Hopefully this won't (will?) be the beginning of another obsession...
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  • lightman1lightman1 Posts: 10,647
    F1nut wrote: »
    Porter Cable 691. The D handle comes in very handy. Also agree with Malbec that Whiteside makes excellent bits.

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  • mrlorenmrloren Posts: 2,291
    Whichever router you get just please don't skimp on bits.

    When you change a bit make sure it's unplugged.. triple check, a 13k RPM razor sharp bit will do more damage than most people think.
    When I was a kid my parents told me to turn it down. Now I'm an adult and my kids tell me to turn it down.

    Family Room:
    Samsung UN75RU710DFXZA,
    Denon AVR-X4400H, Emotiva XPA3 GEN3
    Oppo BDP-93,Sony UBP-X800BM, WD Live HUB.
    Main: Polk LsiM 705
    Center: Polk LSiM 704C
    Front High/Rear High In-Ceiling Polk 80F/X RT
    Surrounds: Polk S15
    Sub: HSU VTF3-MK5

    Bed Room;
    Marantz SR5010, BDP-S270
    Main: Polk Signature S20
    Center: Polk Signature S35
    Rear: Polk R15
    Sub: HSU STF-2

    Working Warehouse;
    Sony 2100ES AVR, Sony DVP-NS3100ES for disc
    Cerwin Vega AT-12 (blasters) Advent Prodigy (listening)
    Old sony 12" Sub
    Mini tower PC with 400GB of music
  • MalbecMalbec Posts: 526



    msg wrote: »

    Hopefully this won't (will?) be the beginning of another obsession...

    Don't think of it as an obsession but rather a progression. Remain in this constant state of denial and you'll live happily ever after. :D

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    Plus a couple out on loan thru the lending library.

    I've had more close calls with a handheld router than any other piece of woodworking equipment or machinery, due to complacency on my part.



  • mrlorenmrloren Posts: 2,291
    Malbec wrote: »


    msg wrote: »

    Hopefully this won't (will?) be the beginning of another obsession...

    Don't think of it as an obsession but rather a progression. Remain in this constant state of denial and you'll live happily ever after. :D

    mumrah3acbur.jpg

    Plus a couple out on loan thru the lending library.

    I've had more close calls with a handheld router than any other piece of woodworking equipment or machinery, due to complacency on my part.



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    When I was a kid my parents told me to turn it down. Now I'm an adult and my kids tell me to turn it down.

    Family Room:
    Samsung UN75RU710DFXZA,
    Denon AVR-X4400H, Emotiva XPA3 GEN3
    Oppo BDP-93,Sony UBP-X800BM, WD Live HUB.
    Main: Polk LsiM 705
    Center: Polk LSiM 704C
    Front High/Rear High In-Ceiling Polk 80F/X RT
    Surrounds: Polk S15
    Sub: HSU VTF3-MK5

    Bed Room;
    Marantz SR5010, BDP-S270
    Main: Polk Signature S20
    Center: Polk Signature S35
    Rear: Polk R15
    Sub: HSU STF-2

    Working Warehouse;
    Sony 2100ES AVR, Sony DVP-NS3100ES for disc
    Cerwin Vega AT-12 (blasters) Advent Prodigy (listening)
    Old sony 12" Sub
    Mini tower PC with 400GB of music
  • boston1450boston1450 Posts: 6,641
    I use a chainsaw. Works great :) . good luck on your project
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  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 16,345
    Well hello Randy I've seen some very nice stuff made with a chain saw.
  • boston1450boston1450 Posts: 6,641
    Me too. There is a lady local up here in Maine that can make U a twin
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    Randy / Maine .... SDA-CRS+TL & RTA15TL
  • CoolJazzCoolJazz Posts: 551
    I've made a ton of circle cutouts with a Bosch 1619EVS. I love that thing a little more every time I use it. It's powerful, yet has the finesse of the softstart, I just love it. I have several others but it's just so sweet to use!

    They've stopped producing it. Don't know what's like it now...

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  • Absolute_ZeroAbsolute_Zero Posts: 73
    edited July 2017
    I have Festool, Porter Cable, and Hitachi. For the money the Hitachi KMV 12VC for $160 with both a fixed and plunge base, collets for either bit size etc...

    Easily runs with my $450 Festool until I start using molding bits.
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