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Plunge Vs Fixed Base Routers

Plunge Vs Fixed Base Routers

In other words, if you set a fixed base router at a cut depth of 1/4", the router bit protrudes past the base 1/4" until you change the depth. A plunge base router is designed so that you can preset the cut depth and then lower (“plunge”) the bit into the cut with the router's base flat on the surface of the material.
Routers typically have either a fixed base or a plunge base, with a few models that allow you to swap between the two. The housing allows for controlled vertical movement during a cut, so you can plunge the bit into the surface of your work piece without worry.
My question is what can a fixed base router do that a plunge router can't? Is this 2 router base a marketing gimmick or is there really a need for .
Good Morning Gents, Thinking about upgrading the ole router. What are some of the advantages and disadvantages of plunge vs fixed base .

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