So did I....and ended up buying the item/ tool that the Rep demonstrated to me.I had a demo a few weeks back so they are still doing them
I'd take a page from hand tools in the case of using the router if the batten moves (and have in the past). When making kitchen cabinets years ago, I had the nuisance job (I made them dado and all glued tight, not the cheaper movable shelves that are common) of doing the larger work on the floor and clamping things down - and eventually just nailed or screwed the batten in place. If they're on the interior of work and are nailed or pinned, nobody will ever look at the small filled marks later (or even unfilled) inside the cabinet and bark about them.I just love it when doing a dado and you've a board clamped to use as a guide and the vibration loosens off one of the holding clamps. Halfway along the guide board slips and sends the router on a nice big sweep totally destroying the job.
All in all i suppose its a needed tool, and while hand tools are nice to use, that cant really be the case when time = money and its your job.
I'll add in beware of 'elitism' where hand tools are given preference over the ability to do the job, just because they are hand tools. I see this in many differing forums im on.
I've tried that. Took a length of tree trunk, seasoned it ,quartered it and rove the boards from it, spending a huge amount of time hand planing them down. flat and parallel.
Made a nice box off it and if i were to convey that in financial time taken to prepare and complete, it would have been the most expensive thing ive ever made.
A hand router has its place, but i think not for the entire job, rather to clean up or deepen a section.