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[Canadian Tire] MAXIMUM Fixed/Plunge Router $99.93 (maybe YMMV)

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[Canadian Tire] MAXIMUM Fixed/Plunge Router $99.93 (maybe YMMV)

maximum fixed/plunge router
Good sale price. Maybe YMMV.
Onself tag says $273 but they honoured the sale price that is online.
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It's on clearance and shows at $169.99 for me. So yes, YMMV.
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I bought this on sale for $99.99 last year.
I kinda wish I had spent double the money on a DeWalt or similar.
The machine is fine, but the crappy template bushing is unique to this router and they don't provide any plate to use anyone else's bushings. I'm going to have to make a new plate out of Lexan. Also, the single bushing they do give, is not centered on the collet, so it's essentially useless.
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Good to know, Im diving into the can of worms that woodworking looks to be and considering my first router I will aim for a higher quality router set.
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raskal wrote: I bought this on sale for $99.99 last year.
I kinda wish I had spent double the money on a DeWalt or similar.
The machine is fine, but the crappy template bushing is unique to this router and they don't provide any plate to use anyone else's bushings. I'm going to have to make a new plate out of Lexan. Also, the single bushing they do give, is not centered on the collet, so it's essentially useless.
I am looking for a router. Was so close to ordering until I read ur post. Turn off.
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raskal wrote: I bought this on sale for $99.99 last year.
I kinda wish I had spent double the money on a DeWalt or similar.
The machine is fine, but the crappy template bushing is unique to this router and they don't provide any plate to use anyone else's bushings. I'm going to have to make a new plate out of Lexan. Also, the single bushing they do give, is not centered on the collet, so it's essentially useless.
Thanks for the info. I did some research and conclude that I am going to change the baseplate to a universal one so that I can fit additional bushings and adapters. The baseplate is like $20 - $30.
I checked the bushing that came with the router and mine is well centred.
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Mohsinahmad wrote: The baseplate is like $20 - $30.
which one did you find?
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Just to offer an alternative view, I guess I would qualify as a fairly serious/long term woodworker and of the 7 routers I have, 3 are this model (each picked up for about $100). I have one permanently set up in a home made router table, another dedicated to a slab flattening sled. I'm pretty sure I have used the Kempston Brass Bushing set (https://www.amazon.ca/Kempston-99000-So ... B001A0YCOY) with this router, but it is possible I switched out the plate.

I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this at $100. I have three DeWalts and a Bosch and the Maximum's are by far the best value. I would not recommend them for edge work, but then that goes for any large router and I don't find the plunge base to be particularly good, but it's certainly not unusable. For someone starting out in woodworking I would say this model plus the Bosch or DeWalt "palm" router would be more than capable of most tasks and if/when you finally want to upgrade then the round body makes this a perfect form factor to build into home made machines.
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solarfish wrote: Just to offer an alternative view, I guess I would qualify as a fairly serious/long term woodworker and of the 7 routers I have, 3 are this model (each picked up for about $100). I have one permanently set up in a home made router table, another dedicated to a slab flattening sled. I'm pretty sure I have used the Kempston Brass Bushing set (https://www.amazon.ca/Kempston-99000-So ... B001A0YCOY) with this router, but it is possible I switched out the plate.

I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this at $100. I have three DeWalts and a Bosch and the Maximum's are by far the best value. I would not recommend them for edge work, but then that goes for any large router and I don't find the plunge base to be particularly good, but it's certainly not unusable. For someone starting out in woodworking I would say this model plus the Bosch or DeWalt "palm" router would be more than capable of most tasks and if/when you finally want to upgrade then the round body makes this a perfect form factor to build into home made machines.
I have the same set up and can vouch for this. I started with the Maximum and then got the Colt. Now I find myself using the Colt much more often and my Maximum is permanently in the router table.
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Still a few left at the st Thomas Canadian Tire at this price
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Are there any good deals on router bits?

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