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just a little question. fixed base or plunge router + drill

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hello , i want learn about this matter, for light personal home use, if i have a drill do i need a plunge base or a plunge router? or a fixed base trimming will be fine or edges and finishing mortises and inner-slots 

 

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You get more versatility out of a plunge router.  Edge detailing a board is fine with a fixed base but, there's no way I'd try to so a mortise with a fixed base.

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Kev's got it right. However if it's just for light use, not heavy routing.  Just get a Trim plunge router.  DeWalt, Bosch and Porter Cable all make one. 

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If your going to do mortises at all id go with a plunge router. They make kits that have both bases and the ability to swap between them for not much more than buying just one or the other. Also the bases are more expensive bought separately.

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Agree with all of these comments as well. I’ve got a Bosch router that included both a fixed and plunge base and it’s been so helpful to have both. Based on what you’ve mentioned that you want to do, sounds like you need both. 

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If a  small trim router is big enough for your needs the Dewalt that comes with a fixed and plunge base is a powerful and sturdy tool. I've got 2 of them and they are under fairly constant use in my cabinet shop. 

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actually i prefer the trim router as the sizes i would work on are not big and i'd use it for completing /ending a mortise or a cavity after i have reduced the wood by a drill, for that i'm confused i'f i'm really in need for the plunge or not, i see a trimming router for my need is more handy and like the portability of it and for me by it self is cheaper : around 130$ for the bosch gkf125

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I suggest getting one with variable speed. It can be helpful with different sized bits and i even adjust the speed for different woods if they are being troublesome.

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