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By morpheus83uk
#1250369
Hello,

I have now found that I need to do some detail work and work on some smaller pieces of wood where a trim router would be best. I am looking for recommendations for the router and the bits. What size? Plunge vs fixed base? Interchangeable bases? How does dust extraction work? What sort of size router bits would I need 1/4"?

All suggestions welcome.

Thanks

James
By Bodgers
#1250521
morpheus83uk wrote:Hello,

I have now found that I need to do some detail work and work on some smaller pieces of wood where a trim router would be best. I am looking for recommendations for the router and the bits. What size? Plunge vs fixed base? Interchangeable bases? How does dust extraction work? What sort of size router bits would I need 1/4"?

All suggestions welcome.

Thanks

James
If you buy something like the Makita RT0700 it has interchangeble bases so you can have all your fixed/plunge etc. base options. It comes with a guard with a dust port on it to which you can attach a vac etc. Most smaller router trimmers have pretty simple dust port. Most are also 1/4" (6.25mm) collet.

There is a Chinese copy of this router by Katsu that is 1/3 of the cost, but it is louder and doesn't have a 3 year warranty like the Makita




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By Sideways
#1250551
The katsu in it's non plunge base has reasonable dust extraction. For work on small stock, screw it the the underside of a board and split your suction between a homemade fence and the dust port on the router base.