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By otter
#1098114
eh?

Set (includes router, trimmer base, plunge base and tilt base): £83.99

Individually: router & trimmer base: £28.79
plunge base: £22.20
tilt base: £9.59
TOTAL: £60.58

I agree with Geordie & mezmey.
By Wizard9999
#1098149
otter wrote:eh?

Set (includes router, trimmer base, plunge base and tilt base): £83.99

Individually: router & trimmer base: £28.79
plunge base: £22.20
tilt base: £9.59
TOTAL: £60.58

I agree with Geordie & mezmey.


+1

Seems bizarre, but the set seems to be a complete waste of £23, one to chalk up to experience I think Mike.

Terry.
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By GrahamF
#1098194
Mark A wrote:I've always been wary of cheap knock-offs so it would be interesting to know what your verdicts are.


Do a forum search on "Katzu", quite a few of us have them and all seem happy.
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By MikeJhn
#1098215
Yep it seems the price has been changed since I bought the set, one up to experience as you say.

Mike
By otter
#1107558
monkeybiter wrote:I bought three 14/11/2016, delivered 16/11/2016.



Hmm. I bought two on 21/11 with 48 hour delivery. Not received yet, but got a Parcelforce tracking number. Tracking website says "pre-advice received" dated 22nd, and nothing further.
By uktexan
#1129329
Do you guys reckon I could use this to make a 30MM cut into a worktop? I'm trying to turn a square piece of worktop offcut into a circle table top - I know I should probably use a higher grade router but I'm on a budget and I don't know how much use I'll have for a router.

The motor on this one seems to be the same as the Makita, but I can't find any details on what the plunge depth is. The Makita says it has a depth of 35MM. Anyone know what the depth is for the Katsu?

cheers all
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By custard
#1129500
uktexan wrote:Do you guys reckon I could use this to make a 30MM cut into a worktop? I'm trying to turn a square piece of worktop offcut into a circle table top - I know I should probably use a higher grade router but I'm on a budget and I don't know how much use I'll have for a router.

The motor on this one seems to be the same as the Makita, but I can't find any details on what the plunge depth is. The Makita says it has a depth of 35MM. Anyone know what the depth is for the Katsu?

cheers all


A 35mm plunge depth doesn't automatically mean 35mm cutting depth. A lot depends on the cutter you have installed, if the cutter extends down to just above the workpiece when the router is unplunged then you'll have the full 35mm of plunge travel available for cutting. But in practise this is unlikely.

In theory you can make big cuts with small routers, but it requires the job to be done in multiple small increments, with the depth of each pass never exceeding the diameter of the cutter. You'd also get a much better result with a solid carbide spiral upcut bit, but they're not cheap.
By beech1948
#1129517
adidat wrote:You realise it's a makita clone right? I have the same real makita one it's very good.

Adidat


With repect to Adidat I wonder if the "Makita clone" stuff is a bit overdone. I see quite a few clones of this router around in different colours and plastic tops but all essentially identical.

It is entirely possible that Makita bought up the product from another factory, banded it Makita and tripled the price. I was looking the other day at the Dewalt equivalent and was struck by the similarity of the size, castings and plastic top bit. So close in fact that I would bet that the Dewalt router came from the same production line.

I am extemely sceptical that this is a Makita rip off and that probably its the other way round that is a Makita rip off of the UK customer using the cheaper mechanics of this router.
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By GrahamF
#1129643
uktexan wrote:I'm on a budget and I don't know how much use I'll have for a router.


Couple of thoughts. I have a Katsu but, not being in the UK at the moment, can't measure plunge depth. I think it and you would find it hard work, perhaps better to cut the circle with a jig saw and then just trim the circumference with a long spiral bit as Custard suggests. OTOH if you don't think you will need a router for other jobs, it would be cheaper to pay someone to cut it for you, maybe even a pint or three to a local woodworker.
By Alexfn
#1129916
beech1948 wrote:
adidat wrote:You realise it's a makita clone right? I have the same real makita one it's very good.

Adidat


With repect to Adidat I wonder if the "Makita clone" stuff is a bit overdone. I see quite a few clones of this router around in different colours and plastic tops but all essentially identical.

It is entirely possible that Makita bought up the product from another factory, banded it Makita and tripled the price. I was looking the other day at the Dewalt equivalent and was struck by the similarity of the size, castings and plastic top bit. So close in fact that I would bet that the Dewalt router came from the same production line.

I am extemely sceptical that this is a Makita rip off and that probably its the other way round that is a Makita rip off of the UK customer using the cheaper mechanics of this router.


Gmc also have one that looks near identical
By part_time_cowboy
#1129966
uktexan wrote:I don't know how much use I'll have for a router.

I was in the same boat when I bought this, but quickly found it invaluable. Roundovers, rebates, chamfers, pattern copying, recesses, etc. it's a very handy tool. I'll pick up a 1/2" router when I can, but the Katsu is more capable than I expected.