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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-06-2011, 04:48 PM Thread Starter
 
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looking for a routing tool

hey jemsite! i'm looking for a routing tool, and i don't have a lot of money to spend. i have a craftsman rotary tool that works well for what i've had to do so far, but i want to be able to route large cavities. Any thoughts specifically about the Dremel Trio rotary tool? http://www.woot.com/ has one today, and it's somewhat within my price range. Thanks in advanced!
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-06-2011, 04:58 PM
 
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Re: looking for a routing tool

Hey dude!

First off. Check pawnshops. They have awesome deals on routers.

Second, I've been using the dremel for my router and its awesome man. Can't go wrong with it. Multi speed, easy to use, very cost effective too. The bits aren't cheap though.
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Awesome! pawnshops are in short supply in my area (minimum of 30 mile drive to get to one, lol). good to hear about the Dremel brand though! my one concern with this tool is that it only uses specialized attachments, and not other rotary bits.
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Awesome! pawnshops are in short supply in my area (minimum of 30 mile drive to get to one, lol). good to hear about the Dremel brand though! my one concern with this tool is that it only uses specialized attachments, and not other rotary bits.
It may be worth the drive dude. Give the nearest one a call and see what they have. The dremel bits aren't cheap for what they are, and as you said, your options are somehwat limited ten bucks in gas to get a 20$ router may be prudent
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Re: looking for a routing tool

You're going to want something with more power than the dremel for doing large cavities. Thats fine for fret slotting, switch slots and the like, but you will rather quickly wear that little bugger out doing trem, electronic and pickup routes.

Check craigslist in your area for a good plunge router.
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post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-06-2011, 09:44 PM
 
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Re: looking for a routing tool

http://www.stewmac.com/shop/Tools/Ro...lt_Router.html

One of the best little routers you can get for the money. Others are better but that one gives you a good power/versatility to cost.
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post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-07-2011, 09:42 AM
 
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Re: looking for a routing tool

This won't be as good as the one Stewmac sells, but if you're only looking to use the tool a few times, this one's pretty reasonable price-wise.

http://www.harborfreight.com/1-4-qua...ter-44914.html

And here's the same one StewMac sells, but for less.

http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1...atalogId=10053

You might also want to consider a plunge router -- it allows you to set the depth and easily drop into the cutting area.
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post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-07-2011, 10:00 AM
 
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Re: looking for a routing tool

Be careful with tools from Home Depot or Lowes. Even if they have the same part number you'd be surprised how often you can open them up and fine plastic parts in the box store model and metal parts in the hardware store model. It's just one more way the boxes keep their prices low.
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Re: looking for a routing tool

Yep--plunge router is the way to go for large cavities. I love my Dremels, but a "real" router is what you need for bigger work.



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