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Offline thudchkr

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Re: How many Routers do you have and why?
« Reply #30 on: May 17, 2020, 06:06 AM »

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).

Am looking real hard at picking up that M18 cordless. While looking at it, they also showed me the plunge base. 
https://www.acmetools.com/shop/tools/milwaukee-48-10-5601
They also now have separate kis that come with the different bases, (offset and/or plunge).

I currently have the big PC beast in my router table, in a lift, and have a PC 690 that gets used with a dovetail jig. A Dewalt 617 that also pretty much lives with the dovetail jig, while a Makita 1100 resides with the Leigh MFT. A Bosch Colt with plunge base used to handle all the smaller handheld tasks, but got usurped when I started getting the Festool offerings.

My first Festool was the 1400, then picked up the MFK 700, the 2200 and finally the 1010. The Festools pretty much took over all the non-dedicated tasks which means I get to leave the others set up for specific purposes.

Pretty sure I’ll be acquiring that M18 though. The appeal of having a cordless router, and huge investment already in the Milwaukee M18, (and M12), lineup make for a good addition to the stable.
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Offline Bert Vanderveen

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Re: How many Routers do you have and why?
« Reply #31 on: May 17, 2020, 09:06 AM »
As evident from my signature I am not ashamed to admit that I own every model of the current Festool router line up, except the 1400. And that one may be in the shop soon. Collections need to be complete, right?

Why I own two MFK 700’s? I happened upon a bare and barely used second hand machine that was very cheap, but discovered that buying the accessories separately was as expensive as buying a Set. So I bought a Set & to even things out I bought the lone MFK 700 its own Systainer and insert AND a guide of its own.
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Offline blaszcsj

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Re: How many Routers do you have and why?
« Reply #32 on: May 17, 2020, 09:55 AM »
I have the 1010, 1400, 2200, and two cordless Dewalt trim routers.

I have one Dewalt set up with a white side round over and the other is left for flex setups. I would like to buy 2-3 more of these for other setups. Cheap as chips and really good router.

For corded activities I reach for the 2200. It is flat out a joy to use and I find it the most stable to use. I use the 1010 for the lr32 and odd trim jobs. 1400 comes out when I do multiple ops or just want to change it up. Overall I use them all interchangeably.
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Offline blaszcsj

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Re: How many Routers do you have and why?
« Reply #33 on: May 17, 2020, 09:58 AM »
Also I have the micro fence and adapters for all the routers. Best investment ever. Love the fence and circle jig.
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Offline Cheese

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Re: How many Routers do you have and why?
« Reply #34 on: May 17, 2020, 10:10 AM »
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.

If you haven't seen it in operation, the Milwaukee M18 cordless router is awesome. 
  • The only real disappointment is that there is no plunge base (yet).


I echo the Micro Fence recommend, that system is very slick. Adjuster backlash is in the .001" area. They also offer a metric adjuster as well. I have the adapters to use the Micro Fence on my Festool 1010, 1400 & 700. I'd suggest anyone new to router use, take a close look at the Micro Fence before you purchase the normal router accessories and then move on to the Micro Fence system anyways...money saved.

I've also always had a few Milwaukee routers laying around. I still like them because they're bullet proof. However, as good as their routers are, the available Milwaukee plunge bases have always been horrific. The plunging action is sticky, the internal spring/springs are too stiff and they make a horrible thunk when they hit the upper stop.  [mad]

I'd suggest trying the Milwaukee plunge base in person before you take the leap.

I'm also thinking about the new Milwaukee M18 router...it seems really nice.  [smile]

Offline Imemiter

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Re: How many Routers do you have and why?
« Reply #35 on: May 17, 2020, 11:39 AM »
I've also got a beautiful old Stanley. My mentor talked me into buying it. I actually still use it sometimes. Spins like a top. No photos to upload but here's a link:
https://i.imgur.com/uDcnMwV.jpg

My most used are two Bosch, a 1613 and a 1617. Then the two Makitas, an offset trimmer and the 18v cordless. I've also got another short, sturdy Porter Cable trimmer that hasn't seen a lot of use. I was surprised to find so few routers putting together inventory recently. In the past two years I've sold two PCs and a Ryobi. I love routers, but I've never had a Festool. I'll have to remedy that someday.

Offline Thistleman

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Re: How many Routers do you have and why?
« Reply #36 on: May 17, 2020, 04:40 PM »
To answer the question what do I use my routers for is simple cutting lots of different profiles an having set fences etc not having to adjust these if I want to use a different cutter

Festool. OF2200, 0F1400X2, OF1010, MFK700
Elu. MOF99E
Makita. DRT50 18V X2
Bosch. GKF 12V
Draper. For use in router table
AUKTools V3 for use in router table


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Offline FestitaMakool

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Re: How many Routers do you have and why?
« Reply #37 on: May 17, 2020, 06:18 PM »

I've also always had a few Milwaukee routers laying around. I still like them because they're bullet proof. However, as good as their routers are, the available Milwaukee plunge bases have always been horrific. The plunging action is sticky, the internal spring/springs are too stiff and they make a horrible thunk when they hit the upper stop.  [mad]

I'd suggest trying the Milwaukee plunge base in person before you take the leap.

I'm also thinking about the new Milwaukee M18 router...it seems really nice.  [smile]

I strikes me, as my very old Makita router has slightly better plunge action than my newest routers. To me it seems strange that the industry seems to rely on the same mechanics/glide bushings since, well... a very long time ago. I know that the progress of gliding bearings and bushings have come a long way since - a long time ago  [huh]
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Offline HarveyWildes

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Re: How many Routers do you have and why?
« Reply #38 on: May 17, 2020, 07:05 PM »
....
Am looking real hard at picking up that M18 cordless. While looking at it, they also showed me the plunge base. 
https://www.acmetools.com/shop/tools/milwaukee-48-10-5601
They also now have separate kits that come with the different bases, (offset and/or plunge).
...


I see another tool order coming in my future...

Offline jjowen

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Re: How many Routers do you have and why?
« Reply #39 on: May 17, 2020, 09:55 PM »
Asked me three days ago and I would have given a different answer; A pin on the plug-it connector on my OF 1010 broke! I got the OF 1400 out of the CMS and started using it the right way up for the first time! She looked brand new once I vacuumed all the dust out. I love the extra weight and power.
Anyway, I took the 1010 to get repaired and purchased the replacement part 574351 while I was there.

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Offline Cochese

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Re: How many Routers do you have and why?
« Reply #40 on: May 18, 2020, 11:41 AM »
OF 1400 - LR 32 use, other main non-router table tasks
OF 1010 - mainly for flush trimming hardwood banding, but I should figure out ways to use it more
Dewalt 611PK - my main small router, recently upgraded with a Festool plug-it conversion. A small detail router needs a light.
Ryobi 18v trim router - haven't really used since I got my DeWalt, but I should throw it in my away kit.

(2) Triton TRA001 - router table use. One chuck is crossthreaded, thus the need for a second one. Once the parts factory comes back on line and I can replace the chuck I'll figure out a use for the second one.

No plans for any additional.

Offline Kevin C.

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Re: How many Routers do you have and why?
« Reply #41 on: May 20, 2020, 11:12 PM »
 At last count I had 14 routers. Mostly Dewalt 616/618s. A couple Dewalt 621s in tables. A 611 in the cnc and a few Bosch colts that never have the bits swapped out.  The most common bits (champfers and 1/8 roundover) just stay in a couple routers. One table is dedicated to a 3/16 flush bit to cut the skins off cnc cut parts.
 I haven't gotten a Festool router yet, but a 1010 is on my list. The dust collection being integrated on a festool vs the Oneida attachments I currently use is what may push me over the edge to buy one.

Offline GilbertV

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Re: How many Routers do you have and why?
« Reply #42 on: May 20, 2020, 11:27 PM »
I have a total of 15 routers.  I have 3 Porter Cable 7518 3 1/4 hp each on a dedicated Jessem Mast- R-Lift that I use a stile bit, a coping bit and a table edge bit that are set up for doing cabinet doors.  I have a PC 690 router on a plunge base, 5 Porter  Cable 2-1/4 on either a fixed or plunge base plus a 6th one on a Jessem router plate.  Two Dewalt 611 routers on a fixed and plunge base set up with round over  bits. Also a Dewalt 610 router set up for my Leigh dovetail jig. 
I have a Bosch Colt that rarely used and will probably go to a nephew just starting to do Woodworking.   Lastly I have Dewalt 618 router with both a fixed and plunge base. 

Offline Michael Kellough

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Re: How many Routers do you have and why?
« Reply #43 on: May 21, 2020, 12:13 AM »
@GilbertV   seems like I might have a few more routers than you but your fleet definitely outweighs mine.  [big grin]