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Hi guys,

I'm looking for a budget router to make up some specialist track pieces. Would this be a good buy?

http://www.mtmc.co.uk/product.aspx?Product...urce=googlebase

I won't be using it for a lot of work, main aim at the moment is to route a couple of turn-arounds for a rally layout.

This one looks a bargain with variable speed and low price, I have no knowledge of routers and have never used one so any advice welcome.

Just to add, I'll want to be routing 8mm MDF and want both the slot cut and also a recess as I intend to use braid as opposed to tape. Is there a router bit for doing this in one pass or will I need two different bits and two passes?
 

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hi
i can vouch for the trend brand of routers.
I am a chippy by trade.
 

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Trend is a brand with an excellent reputation.
There are cheaper routers available - superstore's own brand etc. They won't last all that long in trade type use and usually aren't particularly accurately made, for example the spindle often isn't accurately centred on the base plate. You can work round the inaccuracy quite well if you know what you are doing, but the pros will find it well worthwhile to invest in something better.. You get what you pay for!

How deep a slot are you going to cut? If you are going for much more than about 5mm slot depth thicker MDF is advisable.

Apparently even the pro track builders use two different bits one for slot and one for recess.
 

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I was in the same situation as you; wanted to route my track and not get into woodworking. I am not sure if you can get this sent to the UK but I bought this super cheap unit from Harbor Freight (U.S.) and it worked great for both the 1/8" slot and the braid recess:

http://www.harborfreight.com/1-4-quarter-i...uter-44914.html

The vertical adjustment is a little crude but manageable.
 

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Ey Up Guys,

300SLR is correct, one routes the slot first, then uses a pin guided end cutter for the braid recess.

This a special and rare bit of kit.

You can get them from Slot Car Corner in Canada ( I think ).

I bought two and had them reduced in diameter from 19mm to 16mm for our 5.5mm braid, slightly narrower than what they use over there.

Finding an Engineer capable ( and willing ) to do this was the more difficult part of the job !!. See AA Grinding in Sheffield.

With a 3mm slot, and 5.5mm braid, the edge of the braid sits 1mm back from the slot. Ideal !!.

I think the bits cost approx $30. It was a while ago.

vbr Chris A.
 

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QUOTE (Slots-O-Fun @ 27 Jan 2012, 14:10) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>I was in the same situation as you; wanted to route my track and not get into woodworking. I am not sure if you can get this sent to the UK but I bought this super cheap unit from Harbor Freight (U.S.) and it worked great for both the 1/8" slot and the braid recess:

http://www.harborfreight.com/1-4-quarter-i...uter-44914.html

The vertical adjustment is a little crude but manageable.
That's designed to work on 120 volts 60 Hz. (Standard in North America)
It won't work on the mains in UK and most of Europe which has 220-240 volts 50 Hz mains.

Transformers are available (at a price) to reduce 240 to 120 (or more commonly to 110 v for building site work) - that still gives 50 Hz not 60Hz which enables most (but not all) North American spec. equipment to be used.
 

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Thanks 300. I hear you and was aware of the voltage difference.

I spent quite a bit of time in Europe 30 years ago. We used our 120V angle grinders and drills with one these crazy little voltage converters. http://wisdom-wellson.com/wis49-voltageconverter.htm We probably risked blowing up the work rooms but always seemed to get by!
 
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