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Original Makita Router bases?

I don't suppose you guys have a room full of the router bases that come with these Makita trim routers, do you? I'd love to be able to pull my router out and use it for assorted handheld jobs now and then, but it seems silly to buy the base by itself for $50 from Makita.

If not, maybe I'll just use BoXZY to make something I can use as a base!

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I'd get one on Ebay or on sale with all the parts ($87-$99), then I will have a spare as well. It's pretty important because the RT0701C is the only one that fits in the bracket.

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That's a good point, about having a backup. I'll keep an eye out for those sales!


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Yes, it's too bad the BoXZY guys didn't include the base. I'm guessing the kits they negotiated from Makita just didn't include it. They did send the lock lever and cam plate -- so I assume they were probably originally planning to use the Makita lock lever on the BoXZY and negotiated it in the kits from Makita, but then ended up designing their own lock lever for the BoXZY instead (just a theory)?

So anyway, all we need is the base itself, the spur gear, the base protector plate, the guide plate thumb screw, plus a couple of screws and washers. I found a good source for these parts at eReplacementParts:

Their price for the washers and screws are ridiculous, but the base itself isn't bad (around $25 plus shipping for the needed parts of the fixed base, the spur gear, the base protector plate, and guide plate thumb screw). The washers and screws you should be able to pick up at a local hardware store.

Well, on second thought, if you are here in the US, you might want to at least get the screws online. If your local hardware store is anything like mine, good luck finding metric screws! Not long ago I was looking for a couple M4x10 screws and the guy at the store was like "we've got a lot of #4 screws". But I just could not get him to understand that #4 and M4 are two very different things. <sigh> At least the washers don't appear to have any critical sizing or tolerances, so you can probably even use the closest non-metric for them and still be fine.

Anyway, I just ordered the base pieces for mine this past weekend from the link above. And if you are planning to get some of the more fancy bases, like the plunge base, tilt base, or offset base, etc, you might want to grab a few other pieces while ordering, like the optional grip handle, etc, as many of the pieces for one base type is interchangeable with the other bases. Also, the optional straight guide bracket can be purchased from Amazon for $15 (which I don't think is normally part of the basic RT0701C kit but is an extremely useful piece):

Be sure to look at the Parts Detail diagram from Makita and compare with your router to see exactly which pieces you need:

(See the "Parts Breakdown" link on that page)

Also, if you are looking for the other bases, Amazon has a Father's Day Makita special of $20 off $100 currently in progress, which should apply to the plunge, tilt, and offset bases if you wanted those too... I did do some comparison of Amazon and eBay pricing of parts for this router and surprisingly, eBay was actually more expensive. Usually it's the other way around.

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