Craftsman Fixed/Plunge D-Handle Router: Why the D-handle?
This looks nice.... but my question is: why a D-Handle base? What is the use of the D-handle when you have the knob handle base. The only thing I can think of is the ON switch is a trigger rather than a switch. I might have answered my own question, unless you can think of another answer.
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A lot of older routers PC 518, 7518, 690 have the switch where you can't reach it with both hands on the knobs/handles. Porter Cable has had the D handle for ever and it's handy. You don't have to put the thing down sideways and find the switch and turn it off. I suppose you can run it onehanded, but I wouldn't. bill
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I do not like any hand tools that have a switch instead of a trigger. I want the tool to cease operating if my hands leave the tool.
I recently had an accident with a Chicago 4 1/2" grinder. I was using a pad like a heavy duty brillo pad to clean rust off a part on my boat. I hit something solid and the tool yanked out of my hand. It was still running when it hit the deck and it gave me a good "road rash" inury on the way to the deck.
If it had immediately turned off when it left my hands the damage to me would probably have been less.
I know my fault for buying a cheap tool, but it is not used a lot. I originally bought it for cleaning the propellers on my boat.