Originally Posted by WagBoss
Is this a good router/ a good deal?
Well, it is good enough for Sears to sell a version under the Craftsman name. My experience with house branded power tools sold by big companies is that they are generally good quality, if built for lighter duty. But I always find something lacking in them that makes me buy one of the major brands like Porter Cable, DeWalt, Bosch, or even Makita or Ryobi. If you are only going to use the router to build a few boxes, Mastercraft is probably fine. If you are planning on using the router for a lifetime of projects, I would recommend spending the extra money for a router from one of the companies named. FWIW most of my tools are Porter Cable.
from my understanding you can do anything with a plunge router, some stuff might be a little more challenging though.
Everything else is a bit more work simply because it is clumsier and heavier than a fixed based. You just set the depth and use it like a fixed base.
You can' t do "plunging" with a fixed based router.
Not true. Just about everything folks use a plunge base for can be done with a fixed based. You just have to learn the technique.
So if you only can have 1 router it's better to have a plunge router.
It is really a matter of preference. I worked for years without a plunge base. I have one now but hardly ever use it.Edited by Colm - 6/12/13 at 9:32pm