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Synopsis: How many routers does one woodworker need? Kim Carleton Graves thought four was enough until he had to rout into a corner one day. Then he decided to add a laminate trimmer to his collection. Graves compared and tested both single-base and multiple base models, including the Virutex FR92D, Makita 3707FC, Hitachi TR6, Porter-Cable 309, Porter-Cable 310, Ryobi TR31, DeWalt DW673K, Bosch 1609AKX, Freud FT1000ET, and Porter-Cable 97311.
From Fine Woodworking #171
How many routers do you need? I thought four were enough, but when I needed to rout into a corner recently, none of the four could handle the operation. I had to add a laminate trimmer, a small router, to my collection. Now the laminate trimmer is what I reach for most often when I have to do any light-duty task, such as rout out a hinge mortise or plow a groove for an inlay. Most of the…