03:20PM | 02/03/04
Member Since: 01/22/04
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Can someone tell me if there is any advantage/disadvantage of a fixed base router verus a plunge router? Can one do anything or do it better than the other?

Appreciate your input.


02:40PM | 02/04/04
Member Since: 09/25/03
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I do furniture restoration and repair, having done it for over 30 years. Last count, I think I have about 9 or 10 routers. 3 are new on the shelf in case one of my regular ones dies suddenly, the rest I use. The 2 laminate routers and the one I leave set up for dovetailing are fixed base while all the others are plunge. Whether the 1/4" or 1/2", I find I can do everything I can with a fixed base plus a lot more (meaning plunges) with a plunge router. Given the choices, if I can get a plunge router vs. a fixed base, I get the plunge.

Many times I have to do 3 or 4 different cuts, I can set up each bit in a different router and switch from 1 to another without changing any settings. If I have to remake or make another piece, I don't have to go through the setup and testing again.

Any yes I have a lot more invested in cutters vs. the cost of the routers.

Forgot to mention, the 1/2" router and bits will run truer than 1/4". Heavier weight plus thicker shank on the bit, gives a more accurate/reliable cut though they do cost more.

[This message has been edited by hcbph (edited February 04, 2004).]


03:10PM | 02/04/04
Member Since: 01/22/04
3 lifetime posts
Appreciate your responces. I did just buy a 1/4" plunge router (Craftsman) which was on sale as I do not currently use routers a lot. I do have a 1/4" fixed router that I have mounted to a router table that I leave there.

My hope is to start using my routers more frequently.

Thanks again.

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