What about this plunge router ?

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  1. Jay_Garcia

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    I am in the beginning stages of making my sonotube shiva sub, and am at the stage where I need to cut the end caps. The father-in-law has a nice jig saw, but then after some surfing, I found this -- Chicago Electric Cheap 1hp Plunge Router

    I know its $29 bucks, but will it do the job for me? I really am trying to minimize cost on this project, so I dont want to spend $100 bucks on a router/circle jig to make perfect circle, but if I can get easier/better circles out of this $29 router than a jigsaw, I rather do that. Give me your opinions! Thanks!
     
  2. Dan Hine

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    It will work for a one time job. I think if you're only going to make one pair of speakers then it will be ok. But you won't. [​IMG] You'll want to make something else...many somethings else probably. In which case the Chicago Electric router will not last you. Many a person has bought a cheap router only to have to buy a decent one after a few projects. It's a waste of money really. You'll end up having to buy a good router anyway, might as well do it right the first time. If you can't afford a good router now then I would hold off and just use the jig saw for the time being.

    Also, a good router does not have to be too expensive. I've got a $100 Ryobi that is working excellent. Sure, I'd like a nice Bosch (Porter Cable, Hitachi, etc..) and one day I will have one. But the Ryobi is good enough to last me quite a few projects.

    My $.02

    - Dan
     
  3. Allen Ross

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    well on a lighter note, i just got the Porter Cable 690 router and i can't wait to start using it. my first bit is a nice 1/4 round over that will make my flexy oh so nice,

    Now off to work so i can earn some money for a nice Rockler Router Table and moe bits, Lock Miter anyone?
     
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    I've got the $100 Ryobi plunge router and I have had good luck with is as well. I've built a 7 speaker home theater. I set of mtms and 3 sub-woofers with this router. It has not shown much wear. The motor seems plenty powerful. The Jasper Jig, which I highly recommend, fits very well.
     

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