Plunge router review, unique wooden garden gate plans - Reviews

Categories: Woodworking Shelf Plans | Author: admin 30.04.2012

We have tested Craftsman’s new digital woodworking router (model 27669), and it left us with a fairy positive impression. The router has a built-in library that offers speed recommendations in case you’re not sure which setting to use.
In the end, we were impressed by the router’s solid performance and neat feature set. The sub base opening was designed to fit bushings you may already own from Porter Cable (and other brands) in order to save folks money and not require they re-purchase bushings to fit their new router as with many other manufacturers trying to maximize a sale. Joe, quite frankly, I did not think that there would be any added value in showing the router in action. This is the second video review of this router that complains about the looseness of the chip deflector shield.
Bosch broke new ground for compact handheld routing seven years ago when its Colt Palm Router entered the market, and I wondered then if the “more routing with less router” theme would catch on.
The Colt Palm Router motor pack and its fixed base are unchanged for this kit, but what’s brand-new is the plunge base. Bosch’s proprietary notched template guides and locking collar fit its new Colt plunge base.
Two inches of plunge travel will make the Bosch, DeWALT and P-C routers handy for deep mortises. PORTER-CABLE’s long lever activates the plunge action, and depth settings lock securely when you release it.
It’s fun when a tool surprises during a review, and a couple smart features of this T4 dedicated plunge router did just that. This router is a couple inches taller than the competition, but it still feels nicely balanced, and the round plastic handles are comfortably sized.


Makita takes a “shotgun” approach at the compact routing market here, with a kit that offers every imaginable accessory: fixed, plunge, offset and tilt bases, a trimmer roller guide, edge guide, vac attachments for both plunge and fixed bases, even a drill-style side handle and a big padded carry case to stow it all.
While the fixed-base vac attachment kept the cutting area really tidy, I can’t say the same for the plunge-base dust port, which struggled for suction; chips clogged up around the cutting area quickly. With a few refinements, Makita’s plunge base could be even better, and its overmolded fixed base is comfortable in hand.
Here’s a tough judgement call, because I’m happy to see so many strong contenders in this new and growing class of routers.
Mine came with a guide fence and dust port accessories (guide fence is a metal bracket which fits on to the base of the router and the dust port is a clear plastic bit which fits inside the base). The RPM recommendation function was a little wasted on us, but we can see how it would benefit beginners not yet familiar with how to match up router speeds with bit sizes.
Beginners will appreciate the speed recommendations, and intermediate users will appreciate the router’s digital speed readout. Review samples are typically returned, donated, or in some cases retained for further testing or benchmark and comparison purposes. Despite the limited extras, these rugged little routers were a pleasure to test-drive overall. First, the router’s plastic dust port connector surrounded the bit opening so effectively that everything from mortising to letter carving was virtually debris-free.
In terms of plunge styling, the base locks when you depress a rear lever on the right; otherwise, plunge motion is always in effect. There is also a depth adjustment wrench, but we do not recommend that you use a plunge router base with a router table. Well in this case – we are talking about router “bases” and “sub-bases” in the same breath – although they are a bit distinct.


While there was some slight play in the plunge motion, it didn’t seem to impact mortising accuracy. Not sure if this was intentional (to stop people messing with the tool) or just very poor design, but either way it makes mounting the router very challenging.
Now, you can choose from five different models — all with plunge bases that, to me, sacrifice little in the way of precision or convenience from their larger kin.
Its left-hand plunge lever engages the plunge action when depressed and parks it firmly to depth when released: an intuitive approach. DeWALT outfits its fixed base with a longer square-edged sub-base, which adds stability when routing small work or steering around corners. But oddly, the plunge lever is too short to activate by thumb like the other test routers, and that’s inconvenient. General disclaimer: All third party trademarks, images and copyrights on this page are used for the purpose of comparative advertising, criticism or review.
The depth stop on the plunge base has a red disk pointer; a hairline cursor would be easer to view accurately.
In a nutshell, here’s what it proved: these versatile, easy-to-handle tools are fully capable woodworking routers. And the motors engage into the plunge bases almost effortlessly: straight down and in, then snap a buckle closed.



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