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

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It says these are discontinued at my local store, and there are none at any CT in the vicinity.

The trouble I have with CT's revamped tool branding is that I no longer know which brand names are adequate quality and which are junk. Where is Maximum intended to fall in the spectrum? This router also boasts CT's "Tested" logo, which is normally an indicator of junk quality.
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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.
You can probably claim it as defective and return it and get store credit back at CT.
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uman wrote: I think the Maxium for $99 or $149 is a better value if you can still find it.
I got the Ryobi one for 69$. What makes the Maximum one better?
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PriceHunter wrote: I got the Ryobi one for 69$. What makes the Maximum one better?
How did you manage to get it for $69?
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PriceHunter wrote: I got the Ryobi one for 69$. What makes the Maximum one better?
That's a pretty good price but the Maximum is better for several reasons.
1. Comes with fixed base and plunge base, plunge base is more useful but there are times when a fixed base has benefits
2. Cylindrical body, makes it much easier to fit the router into homemade or purchased tables and other 'machines'
3. Additional accessories such as dust port and edge guide which seem to be missing in the Ryobi
4. LEDs, not mentioned on the Ryobi but are there on the Maximum and can be useful
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uman wrote: How did you manage to get it for $69?
They had it on clearance, last piece at HD.
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solarfish wrote: That's a pretty good price but the Maximum is better for several reasons.
1. Comes with fixed base and plunge base, plunge base is more useful but there are times when a fixed base has benefits
2. Cylindrical body, makes it much easier to fit the router into homemade or purchased tables and other 'machines'
3. Additional accessories such as dust port and edge guide which seem to be missing in the Ryobi
4. LEDs, not mentioned on the Ryobi but are there on the Maximum and can be useful
like mounting into a router table.

A heavy router which can't be mounted into a table and has no guide!!! Is the Ryobi even designed for woodworking?
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Scote64 wrote: It says these are discontinued at my local store, and there are none at any CT in the vicinity.

The trouble I have with CT's revamped tool branding is that I no longer know which brand names are adequate quality and which are junk. Where is Maximum intended to fall in the spectrum? This router also boasts CT's "Tested" logo, which is normally an indicator of junk quality.
I think it goes Maximum>Mastercraft>Certified, may be missing a sub brand though.

The Tested logo just means they sent the product to a group of people to test/leave reviews, you see it on a lot of products
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nico29 wrote: I think it goes Maximum>Mastercraft>Certified, may be missing a sub brand though.

The Tested logo just means they sent the product to a group of people to test/leave reviews, you see it on a lot of products
It would be easy to assume that Maximum is the best, but from what little CT has written about it, it seems more like Maximum branding is supposed to eventually replace Mastercraft as they rejuggle their branding for obscure reasons.

As for "Tested", it basically seems to mean exactly that - it was tested by somebody with no particular qualifications, and apparently didn't kill them. It seems to appear if they can't think of anything else good to say about the product. :)

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