I just pulled the trigger on a DeWalt compact cordless router (dcw600b) for use as a second router. My first router (Bosch 1617evspk) has a plunge base, but I find it very unwieldy and when I use it handheld there is a certain unease/dread (inexperienced router user here). So I’m planning to stick that in my new router table/lift and keep it there.
I’ve read that you can use compact routers for tasks other than light edge profiling, e.g. stopped dadoes on case sides. I know I’ve seen M. Pekovich use one to clean up dovetail and tenon waste.
I’m wondering how many here use compact routers for heavier work, and what bits you find most useful. Most of my bits are 1/2” collet, and I’d like to get a couple high quality 1/4” bits. I was thinking a couple straight bits and an upcut spiral for grooves. Wondering if people would recommend compression bits and/or flush trim.
if you think I’m better off getting another “full-size” router and dealing with my unease/dread at using it handheld, please say so. I’m open to canceling the DeWalt order.