Do I Really Need A Compact Router
Do i really need a compact router is bookmark about Buying Advice bookmarked by alexander with ID 13832311559 was uploaded on 10-04-2019 and has been viewed 112,852 times.
Like most woodworkers I already owned multiple routers, both table-mounted and hand-held, before hearing about the new breed of routers that cast a smaller shadow than their full size counterparts.When I first read about them my initial assumption was that there wasn't a need for one in my shop.
Cynically I supposed that this could be the effort of tool companies to simply create a new tool category just for the sake of moving some units, without really assessing the fit for this category within the existing spectrum of routers.
In other words, a great solution to a problem that nobody has, so to speak.Then I thought a bit more about how I normally use routers in my shop.I typically do all routing possible on the router table because of ease of handling and better dust collection, and I realized that I tend to avoid doing hand held routing unless it is virtually unavoidable due to the cumbersome nature of the tool.
Hmmm…maybe these tool designers are on to something after all.As I continued to contemplate this I realized that I would do more hand routing, and my projects would therefore improve aesthetically, if the router were smaller...