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Wanda 05-08-2007 03:05 PM

Buying a Router for Carpentry am in the process of trying to buy a "router" for carpentry use. I know absolutely NOTHING about this. :jester: So I am here seeking any help I can get! :eek:

The tool is to be used by a carpenter in Jamaica for building some windows. Thatís all I know.

Any suggestions or ideas as to what I may need?


send_it_all 05-08-2007 08:07 PM

I haven't checked prices in a while, but I got my Porter Cable router kit with the additional plunge router base at Home Depot. I have no complaints and I had it for 7 years or so. I'm not even sure if H/D still carries Porter Cable, but it has worked well for me.

Wanda 05-09-2007 09:23 AM

Send it all - thanks for your reply! Appreciate it.

NateHanson 05-09-2007 09:43 AM

I think you need a little more information from the carpenter.

The biggest difference is whether he'll be using it primarily in a router table, or primarily handheld. For windows I'd think it'll mostly be in a table.

I like the 2-hp Bosch router I have for handheld use. I really like a little 3/4 hp craftsman router for light handheld use (small roundover and profile bits), but that one's 30 years old and I haven't seen anything like it on the current-day market. For table use I like the 3 hp freud that I just keep mounted under the table. It spins big shaping bits with no problem, and has variable speed - a MUST for larger diameter bits. But for handheld use it would be very cumbersome.

If he's going to be using large bits and keeping the router in a table, I'd get him at least a 2 hp variable speed router. The 1 1/2 hp Porter cable would not (in my mind) be the best choice for that. It's a handheld router in my opinion.

Brik 05-09-2007 10:27 AM

I agree with nate. More information would be helpful in making a recommendation.

If no info can be gathered I would recommend the PC690 (porter Cable) kit as a great value for a beginner woodworker.

or the better model

Others are good too (Bosch, Milwaukee) Do not get Craftsman in general.

Wanda 05-09-2007 11:47 AM

NateHanson - thanks for your response. Brik - thanks also for your response

I just found out some additional information.

It is NOT going to be used for windows.

It IS going to be primarily HAND HELD. Carpenter makes doors, beds, chairs, buildings, etc.

I also do not want it so big that it won’t fit in a suitcase and is "middle of the road" in price.

Man what a task I’ve undertaken with limited information.

NateHanson 05-09-2007 04:16 PM

You're probably best off with the Porter Cable 690 package.

Wanda 05-10-2007 04:31 PM

So that's a hand held?

Is it kinda like a drill in design - cause apparently that's what I also found out he's looking for.

Wanda 05-10-2007 04:32 PM

So that's a hand held?

Is it kinda like a drill in design - cause apparently that's what I also found out he's looking for.

Clutchcargo 05-10-2007 05:58 PM

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I can't speak from experience but I'm researching routers too. The one I've been looking at is the Makita RF1101. Seems to get pretty good reviews on Amazon.
Just an idea. Let us know what you end up with and why.

Brik 05-11-2007 07:05 AM


Originally Posted by Wanda (Post 44606)
So that's a hand held?

Is it kinda like a drill in design - cause apparently that's what I also found out he's looking for.

Yes, the Porter Cable 69x series is for hand held use. The kit includes two different base options, used in different situations, which makes it more versatile. Versatility is important when we do not know exactly what it will be used for. Its also a common starting point for a first router. And, it good quality. And its not too expensive.

Drill design? No idea.

NateHanson 05-11-2007 09:13 AM


Originally Posted by Wanda (Post 44607)
Is it kinda like a drill in design - cause apparently that's what I also found out he's looking for.

It looks like this:

If you're wondering if it can be used in place of a drill, the answer is no. They are very different tools.

Wanda 05-11-2007 03:10 PM

Again, really appreciate your responses. !!! Am going looking on Saturday. Will keep you posted.

troubleseeker 05-11-2007 07:50 PM

The Porter Cables are work horses. Solid no frill designs that have proven themselves in the trade for many years. Be sure to get the model with variable speed, it is an absolute safety must for many of todayd bigger diameter bits.

Wanda 08-23-2007 09:09 AM

Thanks to everyone!!

I was able to find what I needed. . . . . :thumbup:

One happy person in Jamaica with new router!!!

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