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Post by MLange » Fri Mar 28, 2014 4:34 am

Fear not, Canucks, we now have drywall routers of awesomeness at our disposal. A while back, I sent a request to Princess Auto by Twitter to stock a router similar to that which Harbor Freight has. They have delivered, and it's on sale for the next few days, in-store and online:

4A Rotary Cutting Tool with Circle Guide
SKU: 8529935
Weight: 5.68 lbs
Contents Carrying bag, 3 x 1/8 in. wood cutting bits, 2 x 1/8 in. drywall cutting bits, circle cutting guide

I'm sure you could probably lob off the round arm portion. I'll crack mine open when I get a chance.
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Re: Canadians!

Post by jjubenv » Fri Mar 28, 2014 11:26 am

I had one of these in my hands in the store a few weeks ago. I figured that big handle would be too much of a pain and it didn't look very removable. Do you think it would cause issues sticking out like that?

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Re: Canadians!

Post by WillAdams » Fri Mar 28, 2014 11:54 am

The Harbor Freight Cut Out Tool has a similar handle, but people have managed.

I really wonder if the solution to our spindle problem isn't to use the machine to build a housing, dis-assemble some tool and transfer the motor and switch and other wiring and add some good quality bearings. The Spindle Options page does list a couple of ``D.I.Y.'' spindles: ... ll_Spindle

And there are some others, such as the nifty 3D printed vacuum vortex spindle.

That said, I've been very pleased w/ my Harbor Freight 1/4" Trim Router (but it's luck-of-the-draw or a matter of patience whether or no one gets a good unit) for the price --- just have to get a nicer collet solution. Altocraft (the company importing the current spindle at Inventables) does carry the same model under their own brand....
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