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Offline Samo

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Milwaukee M18 Plunge router
« on: November 20, 2022, 02:30 PM »
I'm thinking of adding this to my cordless stuff?  Nothing really unsponsored that I've seen out there for reviews.

Does anybody use this plunge base that can comment?

Thanks, Sam
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Offline rst

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Re: Milwaukee M18 Plunge router
« Reply #1 on: November 20, 2022, 02:45 PM »
I've had the router for some time now, just bought the plunge mechanism, haven't tried yet.  Router is great, can't imagine the plunge is not good.

Offline Michael Kellough

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Re: Milwaukee M18 Plunge router
« Reply #2 on: November 20, 2022, 02:57 PM »
I have the M18 router but not the plunge base.

I like the Milwaukee cordless router better than the equivalent Makita.
The Makita’s rack and pinion depth adjustment is frustrating.
The Milwaukee depth adjustment via threaded rod is far superior.

The Milwaukee also seems to be a better value, especially now (BLACK Fridaymonth).
You can get the basic router and two 5 amp batteries (and charger) for $199 at HD.

Offline rvieceli

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Re: Milwaukee M18 Plunge router
« Reply #3 on: November 20, 2022, 04:10 PM »
If you have enough batteries and chargers, it is possible to get the router for $99.50 at the Home Depot.

The buy the 5.0 battery starter kit and get a free tool puts the tool and batteries in the cart and gives them each a separate entry and sku, as a result it prorates the return value of each tool. This is to prevent people from buying the starter kit and the free tool and then returning the starter kit for the full value and keeping the free tool.

Easiest if you have a nearby HD with stock is go to the store grab a starter pack and the router. Pay. Exit the store, stop by your vehicle and drop off the router. Go back inside to the service desk and return the starter kit.

Works without hassle.

Ron

Offline RJNeal

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Re: Milwaukee M18 Plunge router
« Reply #4 on: November 20, 2022, 08:23 PM »
Samo.
I recently pick up a fix base two months ago and liked it so much I picked up another one Black Friday deal at HD. I figured I just leave a round over bit in one and change bits in the other.
I know your asking about the plunge base. I’m looking to add that soon.I really like the router.
I starting to fill in the voids with Milwaukee.
I have light, small blower to blow off the tools before returning the tools to the truck, and the twins routers.
Looking to pick up the cordless plane real soon.
Rick.
Have you walked your saw today?

Offline Vtshopdog

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Re: Milwaukee M18 Plunge router
« Reply #5 on: November 20, 2022, 10:40 PM »
I’ve had the router for a couple years and the plunge base since spring. 
Have not used the plunge a ton but it’s very smooth and depth fine adjust suits my needs very well. I like it better than my other routers but have a limited selection of 1/4” bits and end up using the other machines more for this reason. 
(Might need to buy more bits for it, it’s a really nice setup)

Offline rst

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Re: Milwaukee M18 Plunge router
« Reply #6 on: November 21, 2022, 08:44 AM »
Off topic but the Milwaukee blowers are great for blow drying vehicles for detailing

Offline rvieceli

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Re: Milwaukee M18 Plunge router
« Reply #7 on: November 21, 2022, 09:13 AM »
@rst blower is also good for cleaning the shop if you can blow towards the door.  [tongue]

Ron

Offline Samo

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Re: Milwaukee M18 Plunge router
« Reply #8 on: November 21, 2022, 09:25 PM »
Samo.
I recently pick up a fix base two months ago and liked it so much I picked up another one Black Friday deal at HD. I figured I just leave a round over bit in one and change bits in the other.
I know your asking about the plunge base. I’m looking to add that soon.I really like the router.
I starting to fill in the voids with Milwaukee.
I have light, small blower to blow off the tools before returning the tools to the truck, and the twins routers.
Looking to pick up the cordless plane real soon.
Rick.

Hey Rick,
Hope you are doing well.  Happy Holidays to you and yours!
We must think alike.  One with a 3/8" round-over bit.  One with a 1/2" mortise bit and 5/8" template guide. 
Sometimes I need to make a quick template onsite and was looking at the plunge base.
Just hard to get real answers with all the fake info these days.

Cheers, Sam
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Offline RJNeal

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Re: Milwaukee M18 Plunge router
« Reply #9 on: November 21, 2022, 09:40 PM »
Thanks Sam. We’re doing pretty ok. Hope you and yours are also doing good.
Happy holidays.
These  cordless tool reliability is great.
I also like the light these routers have in them.
I started to somewhat look for plung base only but haven’t found one yet. I’ve only tried to look just a small bit.
I also just made a router insert for the fix base to nest in the skilsaw job site saw I use onsite.
It fits in the opening when you extends the table to the right for wide rips
Have you walked your saw today?

Offline rvieceli

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Re: Milwaukee M18 Plunge router
« Reply #10 on: November 22, 2022, 06:17 AM »
@RJNeal Rick - Home Depot looks like they have the plunge available to order.

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Milwaukee-Compact-Router-Plunge-Base-48-10-5601/311594940

ROn

Offline RJNeal

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Re: Milwaukee M18 Plunge router
« Reply #11 on: November 22, 2022, 07:31 AM »
Thanks Ron your the best.
Season greetings.
Rick


@RJNeal Rick - Home Depot looks like they have the plunge available to order.

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Milwaukee-Compact-Router-Plunge-Base-48-10-5601/311594940

ROn
Have you walked your saw today?

Offline Kraftt

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Re: Milwaukee M18 Plunge router
« Reply #12 on: November 24, 2022, 04:44 PM »
Also picked up the M18 compact back in '20, and much later the plunge base.  Powerful for size.  Happy with purchase even though I'm a bit lukewarm on Milwaukee. Dust collection is excellent especially with a cup shroud. I like how my Nilfisk hose end 'clips' onto the Milwaukee dust port. Adjustment is fast & ez. 
I'm working on an adjustable guide for Bosch/mafell rail at the moment (doesn't just hook over like generic printed slides, it's captive and on perpendicular 7mm adjustment rods with presets).  Making your own bases makes it even better too.