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Trim Routers – Do you or don’t you?

Thanks to the folks over at Woodworking-News.com for inspiring this post.  I was reading their February newsletter which contained a great article on Woodworking Trim Routers.

The NEW DeWalt DWP611PK in action

A great deal of time here at Eagle America is spent discussing router bits as you can imagine, since we are “The World’s Router Bit and Woodworking Source”.  Many of the technical woodworking calls and emails that we receive are about uses with larger routers mounted in a router table system.  It is easy to overlook a little workhorse like the trim router, which is perfect for all forms of easy routing tasks.

The NEW DeWalt Trim Router being used in it's plunge base

The newsletter at Woodworking-News.com does a great job of highlighting some of the benefits of a trim router:

  • Ease of Use
  • Comfort & Control thanks to the smaller size
  • Cost savings compared to larger models

We have also heard of customers having multiple trim routers that stay setup for specific, high frequency operations at all times.  For example, if you make a lot of tables and you are always putting a 1/4″ round on the edge then you can keep a trim router “locked and loaded” and ready to go. We would like to hear your thoughts on Trim Routers, specifically:

  • Do you use one?  If so, how many Trim Routers do you own?
  • What is your favorite Trim Router?
  • What applications do you use a Trim Router for the most?

We have options for you from DeWalt, Porter Cable and Festool, click over today and take a look.  My guess is if you don’t own one you will be adding one to your woodworking tool collection really soon.

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  1. Daniel Pruitt
    April 6, 2011 at 9:23 am

    I have Bosche’s trim router and I love it. It is so easy to use and has great torque. I’ve gotten to where I use it for most of my small routing tasks instead of dragging my big routers out. Love it.

  2. larry parlier
    April 6, 2011 at 9:59 am

    I have the bosch colt router does a great job. I would buy the dewalt trim router combo next, I saw it at the woodworking show in atlanta in march.

  3. Kenny
    April 6, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    Trim routers are the best, so versatile and easy to use that every woodworker needs at least one. Myself, I have 3 I use almost constantly. The first one I owned was from Grizzly, their plastic housing model, and it was what got me to see the advantages of the “little router”. It now stays set-up with a 3/8″ round-over bit most of the time, though I do swap it out at times. My next was the Porter Cable trimmer with standard, off-set and tilt bases. I use that for most everything else that can be done with a hand-held router, unless I need a plunge feature or it requires a bit more muscle than the little PC has. Then I got the Porter Cable cordless 18v rotary tool and modified the base with a piece of 3/8″ lexan to give it more surface area and now use than for any quick jobs that I have that don’t require a lot of power. It will handle a 1/4″ round-over with ease, and will even go a bit bigger on softer woods.
    My next purchase will be the 1.25hp Porter Cable router combo, that way I have a small plunge router as well.

    If you haven’t tried a laminate trimmer or a compact router, you owe it to yourself to give one a shot. You may find several in your tool cabinet shortly after!

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