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Old 01-07-2016, 7:13 PM
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Default Suggested Routers for use with Modulus Arms Jigs

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We have received countless questions about what router should be used to finish an 80% lower receiver with their Modulus Arms Heavy-Duty AR-15 Jig, Standard AR-15 Jig, and our AR-308 / AR-10 Jig. We have compiled a list of routers we recommend and do not recommend and why. We have used all of these routers and determined the following.


Recommended Routers:

Dewalt DWP611 : This is out favorite router. This is a very rugged and quality unit. It is a mostly metal construction with a big base size. It is variable speed and has an LED light. It is a good purchase but on the higher price point from $120-$140. Link

Craftsman 28212: This router has a powerful 1.25 HP motor. The base size of the router is a little small but it comes with an attachment with two handles for added control. Can be purchased at Sears for $90. Link

Ridgid R24012 : This router has a powerful 1.5 HP motor. The base size is smaller than the above but it still a good router. It is a little more flimsy than some of the other recommended routers. It can be found for $80-$100. Link

Makita RT0701C: This is a quality and powerful router. It has a 1.25 Hp motor and a mostly metal construction. It is a good purchase for $90-$100. Link

Porter Cable PCE6435: This is a quality router. It has a normal sized base and a pretty powerful motor. It doesn't feel as sturdy or as stable as its bigger brother the Porter Cable 450 and costs the same. It can be bought for $120-$130. Link

Dewalt D26670: This is a good router. It is a little less powerful than the others but still quality. It has been discontinued and can be hard to find.

Porter Cable 7310: This is the same router as the Dewalt D26670. It is a good router but a little less powerful than the others. it has been discontinued and can be hard to find.



Not Recommended Routers:

Harbor Freight and Black And Decker Routers: All the Harbor Freight and Black and Decker Routers we have found are all junk. The spindles don't run true. Some of them are not variable speed and the overall quality is bad. These are typically labeled as DrillMaster, Chicago Electric and Black and Decker. We do not recommend them but you could use one if you were so inclined.

Dewalt DWE6000:
This is a flimsy router with a mostly plastic construction. While all the recommended routers have metal bases this one is all plastic. If you were going to purchase a router for this price you should get one of the recommended ones instead. It costs $100. Link

Porter Cable PCE6430: This is actually a pretty decent router. There isn't anything wrong with it and it is very similar to the recommended Porter Cable PCE6435. The reason for not recommending is that it is not variable speed and it is less powerful. This will work if you want to save a few dollars but for the same money I would buy the Makita RT0701C. Cost is $90-$100. Link

Bosch PR20EVSK: People are surprised when we do not recommended a Bosch tool. This is a quality router with a good sized base but it has a couple of drawbacks. The depth adjustment is a little weird and if you do not do it correctly the height can slip. It also has a tendency to let the router slip in the collet. We used to recommend this but based on customer complaints and problems we don't anymore. Cost $110. Link

Bosch PR10EV: This looks identical to the Bosch PR20EVSK and has the same drawbacks of slipping end mills and poor height adjustment. It also does not have variable speed which is why it is cheaper than the PR20EVSK. Cost $100. Link

Porter Cable PC450: This is very rugged and feels study in your hands. Has a large base size. The reason it is not recommended is that it is not variable speed. It is very similar to the Dewalt DWP611 but isn't variable speed and doesn't have an LED light. Can be found from $100-$120 Link

Full Size Routers: Many people use full size routers but we do not recommend them if you are purchasing a router to do this work. They are more powerful than necessary and can be large and cumbersome making them harder to control. Many of them are also not variable speed. Full size routers also come with a 3/8" chuck instead of a 1/4" chuck that is needed for the end mill we sell. You need to purchase a 1/4" collet to use a full size router.
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Old 01-14-2016, 1:01 PM
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Subscribed for great info! I'm leaning towards the Craftsman myself.
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Old 01-14-2016, 2:08 PM
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I really like that router. It comes with an attachment for the bottom that gives you the two large hand holds like a full size router but with the laminate router size. It is a quality unit.
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