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Old 09-08-2013, 08:49 PM   #1
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I'm in the market for a router wnd a jig saw. It will be used for home renos and little projects. It is not going to be used heavily so I don't want ro spend and am and a leg on these two items.

What brand and model would you suggest?

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http://www.cpoworkshop.com/factory-r...-cable-routers

http://www.cpooutlets.com/black-and-...&cgid=jig-saws

Asking any questions on tool choices always opens up a can of worms.
But these two tools will do anything any DIY home owner needs to get done.

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I have owned different routers and jigsaws, starting with the less-expensive models. In my limited experience, my perception is a bigger gap in results between the less- and more-expensive jig saws than between the less- and more-expensive routers.

One of my routers currently is the porter-cable version mentioned by joecaption. This seems like a good and solid router to me. Mine came in a kit with a second base...for plunge routing.

My current jig saw is a dewalt, and I really like it. Still, I think the B&D version posted has a lot of the same feature (variable speed, different cuttion actions) that I find so appealing in mine. I also have one of those milwaukee fuel12 battery jig saws. This is nice and smooth running with easy blade changes. Something like that is nice if you have small and simple projects. Cords can, at times, be a nuissance.

One nice thing about avoiding spending an arm and leg on tools is that you are not out much if you don't like them.

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By far one of my least used tools is my routers.
I use my trim router the most.
Before buying a router as a DIY I would want a ciruler saw, oscillating saw, small portable table saw, and or a compound miter saw.
These tools I use almost every day. With them you could lay flooring, build a deck, build furniture, heck even a whole house.
Do not be afraid to buy reconditioned tools from that company I posted. Every reconed tool I've bought from them worked perfect and looked like brand new.
I'd strongly suggest not cheaping out on power tools. I once bought a cheap off brand router from Northern tools. It vibrated so much it felt like you were being shocked, the chuck would not stay tight, it sounded like you had your head stuck inside a jet engine.
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By far one of my least used tools is my routers.
I agree with that statement. And when I do use my router, it is almost always mounted on my router table. Could be good decision to wait until you need one before buying it.

Porter Cable has good reputation for routers.
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I agree with that statement. And when I do use my router, it is almost always mounted on my router table. Could be good decision to wait until you need one before buying it.
Interesting...I couldn't live without my routers...I couldn't build most of the decks I do without one.

If I had to choose between having a router or an oscillating tool it would be the router.
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My go to router is a Porter-Cable 690. I've had it for 30 years and only had to replace the switch one time. For big stuff I use a 3 HP DeWalt plunge router. The 690 gets used regularly. My jigsaw is a Porter-Cable 548. Unfortunately, they are no longer made. My advice is to get a 110V unit with an orbital pattern cutting stroke and variable speed. Good power tools are not much more expensive to buy up front and will outlast the cheap junky stuff. Good tools are well designed for user comfort and get the job done. To me, that means that they are a bargain in the long run.
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What are your thoughts on this router:
Black & Decker RP250-CA 2-1/4-Inch 10 Amp Variable Speed Plunge Router

http://www.amazon.ca/gp/aw/d/B00602HFVY

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Makita RP0900K 1-1/4 Horsepower Plunge Router

http://www.amazon.com/Makita-RP0900K...=cm_cr_pr_pb_t

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I don't have either of those two routers, but am a fan of makita in general. I have several tools from makita and like them all very much.

I have not used a B&D tool in a long time so I cannot speak about them at all.

One feature I like with routers is a soft start. I don't see that on either, but this could be a decisive feature, all other things being equal.

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