We asked Eric Streuli to explain his enthusiasm for fixed base routers. Surely it’s counter-intuitive to use a fixed base when you can buy a plunge router, set it to the depth you need and work that way, plunging as you go.
Well, yes. There’s an obvious argument to the benefits of plunge routers, the most obvious being their flexibility. Why not look at the range of plunge routers we stock!
However, Eric outlined 3 solid reasons to consider using a fixed based router and he did so using the Bosch GOF 1600 CE Router.
Reason 1: Control
When using a fixed based router your hands are much closer to the workpiece, therefore you have more stability when moving the router over the workpiece. This equates to better control. So, a fixed base router is ideal for freehand edge work, and jig work because of the control and stability you enjoy when using it.
Reason 2: Repeat Applications
You’re undertaking a routing application. You’re doing it over and over again. Yes, a plunge router will handle this for you but will need to keep a close eye on the depth you’ve set. Reintroducing the router to the work piece in a plunge motion could affect the accuracy of the depth. However, with a fixed base router, you set the depth and that’s it; that depth will be the depth you cut. No more, no less.
Reason 3: Router Table
If you’re using a router with inter-changeable bases, it’s really easy to set up the fixed base part in a router table, then use the motor in the plunge base, slotting it back into the table when you need it.
So, three simple reasons from an expert as to why you should be using a fixed base router. And you can see Eric demonstrating the first two reasons over on Toolstop TV. Just click here.
But what do you think?
Let us know if you agree or disagree with Eric’s reasons, and if you’ve got more reasons to add to our list, tell us in the comments. And be sure to Share this article with your friends if you think they’d be helped by it!