I need a router!

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by teej, Jan 14, 2005.

  1. teej


    Aug 19, 2004
    Sheffield, AL 35660
    This bass design I've been working on calls for a semi-hollow body. I know I'll need a plunge router, but does anyone have any suggestions on brand and/or features??
  2. LajoieT

    LajoieT I won't let your shadow be my shade...

    Oct 7, 2003
    Western Massachusetts
    I'm in the market for a new router myself, so i'll be watching this thread too!! I saw a Riobi (IIRC) at home depo that came with 3 basses (plunge, D handle, and standard), but I wasn't sure if there were better brands that might be worth the extra $$$
  3. budman

    budman Commercial User

    Oct 7, 2004
    Houston, TX
    Formerly the owner/builder of LeCompte Electric Bass
    A couple of months ago I got a Porter-Cable 895PK that I'm liking alot. Fixed base, plunge base, variable speed. It took a little bit of getting used to. It's a little more complicated to set up than my old router but I've got it figured out now. Initially I wasn't sure I would like the weight of the thing. My old router was really light, but I've gotten used to it and I think the weight does help with the control. I'd recommend it.
  4. Peter Parker

    Peter Parker Banned

    Jun 10, 2001
    The Dewalt 621 and the Hitachi M12V are both very good routers for reasonable prices, around $159(sometimes less) for the Hitachi and $220 for the Dewalt. Also the Porter Cable as mentioned earlier is very good as well. Check out Amazon for reviews.
  5. Cisco 2621XM will work wonders. Oh, wait...that's an IP router. Sorry.

    Dewalt makes excellent stuff. Just stay away from lower-end stuff like Black & Decker.
  6. Except Ryobi- no offense to anyone or their tools, but IME Ryobi stuff is always lightly built & vibrates. Heavy=steady- again, IME.

    Oh, & Black & Decker is runny poop, & I don't care who's listening.
  7. teej


    Aug 19, 2004
    Sheffield, AL 35660
    I've got a hitachi drill that I like a lot. I hope this is a reflection of their other tools (i.e. router?).
  8. teej


    Aug 19, 2004
    Sheffield, AL 35660
    I've already got a Dremmel MultiPro... how well do they work as routers??
  9. JTGale


    Oct 26, 2004
    Hummelstown, PA
  10. M_A_T_T


    Mar 4, 2004

    I have a Dewalt 2 1/4HP VS fixed/plunge base. AWESOME!!!!!!!!! :cool: :cool: :cool:

    I love the small, low size and weight.

    I also have a Craftsman 3 1/2HP MONSTER, but it's really too big for handheld, so it lives in my router table.
  11. tplyons


    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    Whoops, have about eight of those running around here somewhere.
  12. teej


    Aug 19, 2004
    Sheffield, AL 35660
  13. JSPguitars


    Jan 12, 2004
    Grass Valley
    Personally, I'd pay the extra money to get a good router. Go with Porter or Hitachi.
  14. As well as a Strat works as a bass :D
  15. teej


    Aug 19, 2004
    Sheffield, AL 35660
    I read that as "Not very well."
  16. What about Skil?

    My dad bought me a Skil jig(or saber if you prefer) saw. I use it only out of respect for the man, & don't have the heart to tell him it's not so good.
  17. JTGale


    Oct 26, 2004
    Hummelstown, PA
    My wife bought me a Skil drill last year. I burnt it up the first time I used it. Ack! :scowl:
  18. teej


    Aug 19, 2004
    Sheffield, AL 35660
    Well at this time, I don't plan on making basses for a living. As long as the router routs and makes it through at least this first build....
  19. But if you ever decide to make another - you may regret having paid for a router that is no longer usable.

    Not sure about where you live, but here in the UK you can hire specialist tools... so that might be an option to explore for your first project before committing to a purchase.