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Offline afish

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Re: Lightweight routers dedicated to roundovers
« Reply #30 on: May 04, 2021, 08:20 PM »
That Ryobi might surprise you.  I havent ever used one but light duty tasks such as  Roundovers, chamfers, flush trimming doesnt usually require a $500 MFk.  If you have several and leave them set up for dedicated tasks the ergonomics such as height adjustment, bit change etc. becomes less of an issue. I always make new bases for mine anyways because they always feel on the small side and I like to make them so the center of the bit is 2" from one of the long edges.  This way if Im setting up a straight edge to route against I just need to account for the radius of whatever bit Im using.  The main thing becomes how well it fits your hand and battery life.  For $69 bucks I doubt you will be disappointed for a small trim type router.  I wish the Dewalts were 129 like the Makitas. $199 is a little steep for them in my opinion. 

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Offline Banana

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Re: Lightweight routers dedicated to roundovers
« Reply #31 on: May 04, 2021, 09:05 PM »
After trying a few colors I landed on the Milwaukee 18v.  10k to 31k rpm, plenty of power,  simple ez very fine adjustment,  great dust extraction, good ergonomics, motor brake, cheap n' cheerful always a sale round the corner etc.  I think most guys use the high output 3.0Ah for weight.

Regardless of the brand though, making different bases for how you work / the task will also go a long way towards how you like using any router. 




Offline Stan Tillinghast

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Re: Lightweight routers dedicated to roundovers
« Reply #32 on: May 04, 2021, 09:41 PM »
I have the Makita LXT 18V drill and driver, so added their XTR01Z cordless router. Very handy, nice soft start, lots of power. I think was $118 for bare tool.

Offline online421

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Re: Lightweight routers dedicated to roundovers
« Reply #33 on: May 04, 2021, 09:46 PM »
I have a Festo Of1000 which I use it for roundover... guess its from the era when Festool used to be Festo?
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Offline mrFinpgh

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Re: Lightweight routers dedicated to roundovers
« Reply #34 on: May 05, 2021, 01:31 AM »
These cordless routers do seem like they would be very convenient.  Cord management isn't fun when the router is running.

I have a few of the old porter cable 310 model routers.  One has the offset base with the belt drive, which is kind of neat.  I haven't done much with them, as I usually run a dewalt trim router since it has some dust collection. 

as @Banana mentions, having the right baseplate makes a world of difference w/ these edge trimmers.

Offline FestitaMakool

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Re: Lightweight routers dedicated to roundovers
« Reply #35 on: May 05, 2021, 05:34 AM »
For those of you who is considering the Makita router, whether corded or cordless.
There’s this lesser known base available separately (It does not come with the 3 base kit)
It’s base can also de-attached from the offset unit in order to be used as a widening base for the router it selves.




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Offline afish

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Re: Lightweight routers dedicated to roundovers
« Reply #36 on: May 05, 2021, 08:11 AM »
Yes, thats the major issue with the Dewalts. They only offer a the fixed base and a plunge base. No tilt, offset, or underscribe but I dont think the Makita has an underscribe either (could be wrong on that but I havent seen one).  Underscribe might not be a big deal to most, its pretty specialized as is the offset but its always nice NOT to be limited.  I will probably still pick up a makita cordless and a battery adaptor just for the tilt base.  Plus I have been wanting the Makita drywall cut out tool. That thing looks sweet for remodel work and dust control. 

Offline notenoughcash

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Re: Lightweight routers dedicated to roundovers
« Reply #37 on: Yesterday at 03:53 AM »
i have a katsu makita knock off, and it is identical to the makita other than the scribles on the side.  and it cost half the amount
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Offline Knight Woodworks

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Re: Lightweight routers dedicated to roundovers
« Reply #38 on: Today at 02:51 PM »
Big fan of dedicated lightweight routers. Currently have four of the Makita cordless for site use. Hope to add a few more.  In the shop I use an old PC, a Bosch GKF125CE, a corded Makita and a Dewalt. Each have their pluses and minuses. I find the Makita to be the most comfortable to hold. Unfortunately it doesn't have a light, a feature I find important. The Bosch isn't quite as comfortable, it is agile and has a light. I don't find the Dewalt to be as comfortable as the others, I do like the light. It will probably end up in a plunge base.

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Offline Rick Herrick

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Re: Lightweight routers dedicated to roundovers
« Reply #39 on: Today at 03:58 PM »
I got the Ryobi cordless in yesterday.  Put a small mortising bit in it as I want to use it to flush cut plugs/dowels.  I don't seem to have the technique with the Japanese pull saw to do this without scratching my work.  This Ryobi set up is very nice.  Cut the poplar dowels very easily.   Will also test with some oak and maple to make sure there is enough power but I think I am going to get a couple more of these.

What type of bits do you guys keep chucked up?  I am thinking this mortise or straight cut bit, a round-over and also a chamfer bit.  Be curious to see what others use on a regular basis that fits this scenario.

Offline afish

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Re: Lightweight routers dedicated to roundovers
« Reply #40 on: Today at 04:38 PM »
I typically have a .25 spiral down, a Amana Tool MR0110, Amana Tool - 47147, Amana MR0103, Another round over with a larger radi (the particular size escapes me at the moment Probably a 1/4 with 3/8 bearing but not positive), and a 45° chamfer with 3/8 bearing.

 The two miniature Amana bits probably wont be used by others much but they work good for cutting the onion skin on small parts that come off the cnc that were cut with a .25" bit.  one to flush trim or to just soften the corner depending on the part. If its a part that is going to get glued to another then it gets flushed if its a part that will get handled then the small round over. That pretty much handles most of what I need. I do swap a bit from time to time for odd ball stuff but its pretty rare.   

It will depend on what you typically build and use.

Offline afish

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Re: Lightweight routers dedicated to roundovers
« Reply #41 on: Today at 04:40 PM »
Oh, I forgot the Festool 499811 also lives permanently in one trim router.

Offline Michael Kellough

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Re: Lightweight routers dedicated to roundovers
« Reply #42 on: Today at 05:17 PM »
I got the Ryobi cordless in yesterday.  Put a small mortising bit in it as I want to use it to flush cut plugs/dowels.  I don't seem to have the technique with the Japanese pull saw to do this without scratching my work.  This Ryobi set up is very nice.  Cut the poplar dowels very easily.   Will also test with some oak and maple to make sure there is enough power but I think I am going to get a couple more of these.

What type of bits do you guys keep chucked up?  I am thinking this mortise or straight cut bit, a round-over and also a chamfer bit.  Be curious to see what others use on a regular basis that fits this scenario.

Japanese saws have set teeth too. There are special saws with flush teeth for this purpose. Lee Valley has a good one.