Originally Posted by cptomes
Porter Cable 690 router and buy the bases as you need them. Basically an industry standard router.
Flush trim bit you use around the outside of the box. No plunge cuts.
I'm not sure I know what you mean. I don't use my router for anything other than flush trimming edges and routing holes for drivers. As far as my experience goes (which is limited, so please help me out if you know of a better way), plunge cutting with a circle jig is the only way to make cutouts for speaker drivers. Is there a better way? I'd love to know because it sure was a royal PITA last year making cuts for all my drivers. This year I'm not flush mounting so it shouldn't be as much of a hassle, but you never know...
Originally Posted by N8DOGG
I could rip a 4x8 sheet into pieces faster with my table saw than you could do it with any other method and have just as good of cuts. It's fine if YOU don't like it but it works fine if you have any sort of fence system, which most people that use table saws do have. It works great and is very fast is you are even half way handy.
Having used a really nice, and huge, cabinetry table saw, I agree that table saws are far superior to circular saws for precision, provided you have a good table saw. The dinky little portable ones are trash. It's just that the space and cost investment in one of those saws is so astronomical that most of us just go with circ. saws and make a jig.
Well off I go to Home Depot! I'm looking at either the Makita 5007MG or the Milwauke 6390. I think it'll come down to which has a more comfortable grip for me. And, of course, I'll be buying a nice 60T carbide blade to go with it.