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Offline Thompmd

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How many Routers do you have and why?
« on: May 16, 2020, 01:03 PM »
I have a buddy that had 9 at one time when he built cabinets for a living dedicating each to a profile /task.

I am going to purchase an OF1400 soon?
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Offline Peter Halle

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Re: How many Routers do you have and why?
« Reply #1 on: May 16, 2020, 01:43 PM »
I have three routers but only one is a Festool.  Besides my 1400 - the one I regularly use - I have  Porter Cable 760 and a Porter Cable trim router.  Since I bought the 1400 the others have collected dust.

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Offline elm

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Re: How many Routers do you have and why?
« Reply #2 on: May 16, 2020, 01:51 PM »
I have four that I use.  I use the 1010 for shelf pins, and some general easy routing, the 1400 for more 'heavy duty' routing with my 1/2 in bits, a porter cable that is mounted in my router table at all times and a Rigid palm router for trim and quick roundovers.

Offline Alex

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Re: How many Routers do you have and why?
« Reply #3 on: May 16, 2020, 02:21 PM »
Just the one, a 23 year old DeWalt/Elu router for 8 mm bits that's still going strong.

I would love to add a 1400 but it's just too expensive for the limited use I have for it. Though I use my router pretty often it's mostly just bits up to 25 mm wide but not bigger.

 

Offline Roseland

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Re: How many Routers do you have and why?
« Reply #4 on: May 16, 2020, 03:20 PM »
A total of five.  I started with a DeWalt DW621, which is great for some hand held work as the base is asymmetrical. The only downside is that the dust port is so high it tends to tip the router.

Then I wanted a 1/2" for a table and got a Triton MOF001, which I think is one of the best routers at any price for use upside down, with automatic spindle lock and through the table adjustment as standard.

The third purchase was an OF1400, because I wanted to be able to use 1/2" bits without taking the Triton out of the table each time.  I love the height adjustment system.

Then followed an OF1010 with edging accessories; these really add to its versatility.

Finally I inherited my father in law's Bosch POF 500, which I rarely use.

I like all of them, but they are so very different in their uses.

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Offline mrFinpgh

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Re: How many Routers do you have and why?
« Reply #5 on: May 16, 2020, 03:22 PM »
I have four: OF1010, OF1400, Dewalt611, and a Milwaukee 5625.

The Milwaukee is basically dedicated to my router table, while the festools are used for anything involving plunge routing or edge trimming. 

The dewalt is great for things where the edge is narrow or the profile is just a roundover or chamfer.  I have also used it for things like very shallow mortises on doors for pulls.


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Re: How many Routers do you have and why?
« Reply #6 on: May 16, 2020, 04:05 PM »
N - 1 [big grin]

I have five currently. A Triton dedicated to my router table, anOF 1400, an MFK 700, a Ridgid trim router and a trusty Rusty Porter-Cable 690.

I can always use one more!  I keep thinking about the cordless Dewalt router because Festool doesn't have a cordless router! I also keep looking at the OF 1010, no particular reason
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Offline bkharman

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Re: How many Routers do you have and why?
« Reply #7 on: May 16, 2020, 04:15 PM »
I had three (only blue and green is my 1400, which I love) but now am down to two. 1400 is the workhorse and a trim router for minor round overs etc. 

I really want a 2200 but might end up getting a spindle molder which would negate the need for me. We shall see.

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Offline ear3

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Re: How many Routers do you have and why?
« Reply #8 on: May 16, 2020, 04:18 PM »
I think the bare minimum if you're looking to cover most of your bases is 3.  A dedicated table unit (Triton is a great option for the above the table adjustability), a heavy duty handheld one like the 1400 or 2200, and then more of a grab and go lighter duty router like the 1010.  Anything over 3 is good to have, but not absolutely necessary.  I prefer the 2200 to the 1400, but there are situations where I need the smaller footprint of the 1400 while running a 1/2" bit.   I don't use the MFK 700 all that much, though there are some people on the FOG who use it all the time and swear by it.  It has saved my bacon a couple of times set up with the vertical base and planing bit to level some surfaces.  The only regular use it gets now is when I'm edge banding.

I recently picked up a cordless Dewalt because I had to do some edge work in the field without access to power -- I really like the unit, and have recently taken to having it set up with a dedicated roundover bit when I'm using other routers.  I did get the plunge base accessory, though have yet to experiment with it in plunge mode, or even hooking it up to dust extraction for that matter.
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Offline rst

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Re: How many Routers do you have and why?
« Reply #9 on: May 16, 2020, 04:44 PM »
Hello, my name is Steve and I am an addict.  I have six PCs, three Bosch and five Festool.  I'm afraid to count my sanders and saws.

Offline pettyconstruction

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Re: How many Routers do you have and why?
« Reply #10 on: May 16, 2020, 04:52 PM »
I have 4
Porter-Cable 690
3- makita compact routers two are cordless and one corded.
I have a different round over bit in the cordless and a upcut in the corded.
I’m looking hard at a 1400 and another cordless makita.
Hate changing bits lol
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Offline Kevin D.

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Re: How many Routers do you have and why?
« Reply #11 on: May 16, 2020, 05:04 PM »
Hi, my name is Kevin and I'm a tool junkie.  I have at least a dozen routers.  Close to 30 drills.  I'm just a hobbiest/DIYer.  Just love tools.

Best router is the 1400.  I also have the MFK 700.  Always wanted the 1010 just for my 32mm Festool stuff. One day.
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Offline deepcreek

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Re: How many Routers do you have and why?
« Reply #12 on: May 16, 2020, 05:46 PM »
I have eight and they all serve different roles depending on bit and material size. 

Two OF1010's, OF1400, OF2200, two Dewalt 611 trim routers (one is dedicated to inlaying our signature coins), Hitachi M12V (router table), and a Porter Cable laminate trimmer.

I'm not counting the Rotozip or Dremel even though they both have router base attachments.

Actually, two more if you include the ones inside the Porter Cable (Castle) benchtop pocket hole cutter.

My friend, Gary Katz, recommends having one more router than you have router bits!
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Offline ScotF

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Re: How many Routers do you have and why?
« Reply #13 on: May 16, 2020, 05:52 PM »
I have 6 so far:

1010
1400
2200
MFK200

Bosch Colt Trim router

Milwaukee 5625 for table

Offline Mario Turcot

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Re: How many Routers do you have and why?
« Reply #14 on: May 16, 2020, 06:25 PM »
@rst you need help ROFL

1) I have the Ridgid R29303 2HP for the Jessem Router Table coming next week  [big grin],
2) Ridgid R24012 corded trim router,
3) Milwaukee cordless trim router,
4) Makita RT0701C on the CNC,
5) Dewalt DW616 as a spare for the CNC,
6) OF 1400 for handheld router other then trimming.

I will probably get a 3.5HP if the Ridgid do not hold for the tasks. The OF 1010 is also on my list.

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Offline pettyconstruction

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Re: How many Routers do you have and why?
« Reply #15 on: May 16, 2020, 06:27 PM »
I have eight and they all serve different roles depending on bit and material size. 

Two OF1010's, OF1400, OF2200, two Dewalt 611 trim routers (one is dedicated to inlaying our signature coins), Hitachi M12V (router table), and a Porter Cable laminate trimmer.

I'm not counting the Rotozip or Dremel even though they both have router base attachments.

Actually, two more if you include the ones inside the Porter Cable (Castle) benchtop pocket hole cutter.

My friend, Gary Katz, recommends having one more router than you have router bits!
How do you like the Castle pocket machine? I’m in the market for one but the Kreg is about 1/3 the price


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Re: How many Routers do you have and why?
« Reply #16 on: May 16, 2020, 06:53 PM »
Hello, my name is Steve and I am an addict.  I have six PCs, three Bosch and five Festool.  I'm afraid to count my sanders and saws.

.. You should probably not count them! [big grin]
Again, I have a lot of collectible RC cars that I don’t count. Not insane amounts, but too many.

As a more of a newbie to routers, I have an old Makita 800W left from my father, my only experience with routers since investing in more..
A OF 1400 for the router table
A OF 1010 for handheld (unless need for the OF 1400)
A Makita 18V LXT handheld with all the bases. A fantastic and handy tool.

So that makes 4 already. Who knows..
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Offline rmhinden

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Re: How many Routers do you have and why?
« Reply #17 on: May 16, 2020, 07:00 PM »
I have three routers, two that I use frequently and one not so much.

I started with a (now old) Ryobi 3hp plunge router and mostly used it in a home built router table. 

I upgraded to router table to a Kreg table/fence/router lift and put a Porter-Cable 7518 in the table.  A great combination.

About 18 months ago I added a OF1010.   That works well for me for general purpose hand held routing and is very capable with 8mm shank bits.   

The Ryobi hasn't been used since.   

Occasionally I look at the OF1400, I have had a project yet that the justified the cost.   At some point I might add a small trim router.

Offline ChuckM

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Re: How many Routers do you have and why?
« Reply #18 on: May 16, 2020, 07:21 PM »
4 & why:

Bosch 2HP 1613AEVS -- Hand-held med. to large work (e.g. circle cutting) or Router table top (1/2" shanks)
Bosch Colt -- Hand-held small to med. work
Craftsman Sears (image) -- Router table top (1/4" shanks), small to med. work
Craftsman Super Router (1.5HP?) (image) -- Bought in a garage sale (in the 90s), rarely used, now collecting dust (with the Craftsman finish sander form the same garage sale) on the shelf...will be selling it after the pandemic

5, if the Dremel is counted as a router for grooving (image) and recess work (e.g. butterfly inlays, hinges, etc.).
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Re: How many Routers do you have and why?
« Reply #19 on: May 16, 2020, 07:54 PM »

How do you like the Castle pocket machine? I’m in the market for one but the Kreg is about 1/3 the price


Sorry to go far off topic.....

Wait on the new Castle 110 Pocket Cutter.  They will be coming out with a new one shortly (COVID is delaying release).  The new version, Model 110, has an improved router and MUCH improved clamping mechanism.  I just bought a Kreg Foreman, I will add the Castle machine when the new one is released.  The biggest advantage of the Castle is that it has a 6 degree angle vs the 15 degree of the Kreg.  With the Castle the problem of joint shift is nearly eliminated.  You can easily assemble the joints without clamping.

To be sure the Kreg is faster but the Castle is MUCH more accurate.  Do not get put off by the two step process of routing the pocket and then drilling the pilot hole.  I saw the original Castle 100 at IWF 2018 in Atlanta and thought the two step process was a deal breaker.  I saw the Model 110 early this year at The Woodworking Show in Indianapolis and came to understand the advantage of reduced screw angle and the new clamping mechanism. 
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Offline Thompmd

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Re: How many Routers do you have and why?
« Reply #20 on: May 16, 2020, 07:55 PM »
Those of you that mentioned the 1400.... what makes it your favorite?
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Offline SoonerFan

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Re: How many Routers do you have and why?
« Reply #21 on: May 16, 2020, 08:30 PM »
Currently I have an OF1400 and an MFK700.  Will soon be three as I am planning to get a router table and will get a dedicated router for the table.

I got the OF1400 first.  I choose this because at the time I only wanted one and felt it was the best over all option.  I added the MFK700 when I had a project to make a bunch of charcuterie trays.  The MFK700 was the prefect round over solution for me on that project.
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Re: How many Routers do you have and why?
« Reply #22 on: May 16, 2020, 08:34 PM »
Porter Cable trim router from when I used to do a lot of laminate work
Old Skil / Craftsman I've had forever that I can't get rid of but never use
OF1010 main go to router
Big old 1/2" Bosch for the heavy stuff on the rare occasions I need it
In terms of guys who have 5 or 10. I had a friend years ago who was a cabinet maker. Can't even say how many routers he had. His point though was that he would set up each / as many routers as he needed for a particular cabinet job that use them throughout that job. No switching bits between routers, no new adjustments, etc. For him having to change bits or re-adjust depth was just dumb and inefficient. So if a guy tells me he's got 10 routers my first question would be how long have you been a cabinet maker.
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Offline deepcreek

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Re: How many Routers do you have and why?
« Reply #23 on: May 16, 2020, 08:40 PM »
How do you like the Castle pocket machine? I’m in the market for one but the Kreg is about 1/3 the price

I have the original Porter Cable version and prefer it to Kreg because of the lower angle holes.  Far less creep during assembly.
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Offline CeeJay

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How many Routers do you have and why?
« Reply #24 on: May 16, 2020, 08:54 PM »
I have three.

An OF1400 which I’ve only had 6 months. Love it so far.

A Makita trim router which I also love. So easy to use.

A Makita RP2301 which is going into the router table I’m building.

I sold my old Makita 3601B which I’d had for 10 years when I got the OF1400.

Not sure about the RP2301 for the table but bought it new in box as a bundle from a guy who had bought router/lift/fence etc but never started his table build so it was pretty cheap.

Just waiting on an NVR switch and I’ll get started on the router table conversation to my PM2000 extension table.


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Offline Jim_in_PA

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Re: How many Routers do you have and why?
« Reply #25 on: May 16, 2020, 09:01 PM »
PC7518 in my cast iron table. OF1400 and OF1010 from Festool. Dewalt DW618 kit with three bases. I used to also have a PC 7529 plunge router, but I gave it to a friend. Hand-held, I mostly use the OF1400 and DW618 with the fixed base. Sometimes that fixed base is the better choice for stability and micro adjustment. Today, the OF1400 got the nod for cutting out a window opening in thick faux door skins for a home improvement project.
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Offline cpw

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Re: How many Routers do you have and why?
« Reply #26 on: May 16, 2020, 10:24 PM »
I have six.  I was at 5 until I started getting into the Festool routers; but gave away a 2 1/4 Craftsman plunge/fixed/d-base set after I added the Festools.

(1) A 3hp Porter Cable in the Table
(2) A small Dewalt trimmer (611) which is great for small chamfers and roundovers
(3 & 4) Two Dewalt 618s.  One is generally setup for the dovetail jig.  Not having to change the dovetail setup if you are doing a bunch of drawers saves a ton of time, but also having two routers for different profiles even if not a dovetail is useful.  Having the extra router be identical to the first is convenient because you can share extras like the guide rail attachment.
(5) I got a OF1010 for the LR32 system, but have also used it for a bit of edge profiling as well.  There is a fancy version of the Fastcap Little Lipper that makes flush trimming solid edge banding pretty easy and provides good dust collection/guarding while doing it.
(6) I managed to snag an OF2200 from the recon sale.  This is now my favorite handheld router, and the DW618s are gathering dust - except for the occasional dovetail setup.

Offline xedos

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Re: How many Routers do you have and why?
« Reply #27 on: May 16, 2020, 10:50 PM »
dammit, I just get out of the sanders anonymous meeting yesterday.

Now I've got to sign up for routers anonymous. 

Craftsman small 1hp    - still has the best ergonomics, switch and depth adjustment of any small router I've used. Too bad it's not variable speed

Craftsman 2hp - with the internal dust blower contraption.  Bought on a lark before vacuum attachments were a thing.  Pretty much useless.

Bosch 1450  - was the first good plunge router I got.
Bosch GFK12- interesting little 12v palm router. Makes a mess though.

Porter Cable 890 x2 -  one in a router table , and one handheld with fixed& plunge bases
Porter Cable 7529 - mostly for circles. Dust collection rivals Festool.

DeWalt 618 - three base kit.  Mostly use the D-handle. 
DeWalt 611 - sweet little plunge router.

Rotozip - strictly not a router , but I've got one setup with a spiral bit and their clear dust shroud base for cutting outlet boxes in cabinets.  Dust collection is far superior to any Festool router.

Festool 1010 - this gets used a lot.
Festool 1400- didn't like it and sold it on.

Dremel with the micro plunge base for tiny inlay work.




Offline Michael Kellough

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Re: How many Routers do you have and why?
« Reply #28 on: May 16, 2020, 10:52 PM »
Sweet old Stanley 1/4” with a nice wide base
Big old Hitachi plunge router with just a single scary speed
Classic Porter Cable trim router, short and squat
Three Bosch trim routers with multiple bases (pre Colt) but two have bad bearings
Two Ridgid trim routers one better than the other
Makita single speed similar to the Stanley but all plastic
Makita cordless trim router
Small Milwaukee 1/2”
Medium size Milwaukee 1/2” plunge kit
Two medium size Bosch 1/2” one in a portable table and the other plunges
PC7518 in lift in cast iron table and a spare backup 7518 in a carton
Three OF1000
OF2200

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Offline HarveyWildes

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Re: How many Routers do you have and why?
« Reply #29 on: May 17, 2020, 02:27 AM »
12


Started with with a 2hp Makita which I moved back and forth between router table and handheld use.  That lasted a couple of years until I got a router lift and put it in my shop-made router table.  I didn't want to take the Makita in and out of the lift, so I got a Bosch 2 1/4Hp router.  I got tired of switching that between the fixed and plunge bases, so got another, and then found yet another one with a D handle (used) which I like for dovetail jigs.  (that's 4)


Then I got a Bosch Colt because they are so easy to handle with smaller bits doing more detailed work.  I liked it so well, and got so tired of switching bits and setups, and then having to try to re-create setups, that I got a second Bosch Colt, and then a Rigid trim router.  So that set of routers served me well for maybe 10 years.  (up to 7)


Then my router lift started getting a bit weird to adjust, so I got a newer one, improved the dust collection, and put a PC beast in the new lift.  Around the same time I got a new DeWalt trim router because I thought the plunge base would be nice.  (now at 9)


In the last couple of years, enamored with Festool dust extraction capabilities, I added a 2200 to the arsenal, and the dust extraction is phenominal.  Based on that experience, I also added a 1400 and an MFK 700.  (now at 12)


Finally, this year I got the Milwaukee M18 cordless.  As I looked how to consolidate accessories to give me flexible setup, I managed to winnow out the Rigid.  (still at 12)


For router table use, I'll keep the PC and Makita routers, as I can now field 2 router tables if the need arises, and if I use rail and style bits or other bit sets that require the two setups to be coordinated, I would want to be able to do that.  The PC will get the bulk of the work, but the Makita is there when I need it.


For large handheld use, the 2200 is brilliant for clean routing, but the 1400 is easier to handle.  Between the two of them, they can do everything that my Bosch 2 1/4 routers can do, and they do it with less mess and with silky smooth operation.  Plus the supported Festool accessories add a lot of flexibility which I either have cobbled together, or would have to, for the Bosch routers.  I may offload the Bosch routers in the next year, but I do have a Micro Fence custom base on one of the Bosch routers that gets a fair amount of use, so I'll need to get adapters for the 2200 and 1400.  Micro Fence is a big deal for me.  The Micro Fence circle jig supports large diameter circle cutting - I've done one piece that had nearly a 2' radius.  The Micro Fence fence is the best fence that I've ever used.


For trim routing, I'll probably keep all of them, but right now I am super impressed by the utility of the Milwaukee cordless router.  Being free of a cord means that I can easily use it outdoors, which I like to do in good weather.  The Bosch Colt, DeWalt, and MFK 700 routers will get used for extra setups on projects that require them.  The DeWalt stays because of the plunge base.  The MFK 700 has some specialized uses that the other routers don't, so I'll probably save it primarily for those uses.


If you haven't seen it in operation, the Milwaukee M18 cordless router is awesome.  Things I particularly like:
  • The adjustments are positive and precise.
  • The motor break is awesome.  In theory it does not stop instantly, but in practice it might as well.
  • Dust collection is very good.
  • Other features are comparable to other trim routers on the market.
  • Runtime is suitable for more trim routing tasks, as long as you are not running it for long periods on end.  I'm using 5 Ah batteries and did not run out the battery while chamfering a project.
  • The only real disappointment is that there is no plunge base (yet).
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