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I am interesting in purchasing a router. Do you recommend purchasing separate routers; such as a fixed and a plunge or a router combo that can be converted to a fixed and an plunge router? I am a beginning woodworker; hopefully, I will put the tools to good use. Thanks
Routers are a very important tool to have in a wood shop. I have over ten of them myself. I have found buying a combo router first was the way to go, but I also bought a fixed table router from Sears. The Sears unit didn't last very long and burnt up after about two months of projects. So, I went to Porter Cable. These routers have lasted a long time and does the job I needed. I now have three table routers, one is a Incra Jig and I use the 2 1/2 hp and I have a 3 1/3 hp router on my table saw wing. The number of hand routers I use range from small for trim work to large for panel work.
I hope that helps
Baker City, OR
If you are a beginning woodworker then I definitely recommend getting a router combo. When you progress you will undoubtedly find yourself needing another router. In the mean time, save that money from buying two routers now and spend it on a jig saw.
Joe Johns, Twisted Knot Woodshop , owner of 5 Porter Cable routers
Twisted Knot Woodshop "There's never been a classier joint"
Thanks for the great advice. I was think about the Porter Cable.