For those who frequent multiple forums, my apologies for duplicating... I need a quick answer (so this is also posted on a more active forum) but I have more respect the answers here (if they come in time).
I need to fix a mess up... and the rush is that I should have delivered this project some time ago. The easiest way seems to be a pattern bit in a router... but I need to get into a corner (or darn close). So small router, i.e. trim router, comes to mind. I only have big plunge routers.
Searching the vendors on the internet suggests that I will have to spend $100 for a basic unit (PC, DeWalt, Bosch, Ridgid) or up to $200 with accessories. Bosch drops off the list because I haven't found a local dealer, and I need to buy it immediately. DeWalt loses points because my regular DeWalt router died recently - after having already been rebuilt for the cost of a new unit.
Since this isn't the last project (or my last screw up), if I am going to have to spend $200, is it worth jumping to $500 for the Festool MFK700? Does it provide enough features over a plain trim router to be a good investment? Or will I find a $100-200 unit sufficient (since I have lived without any trim router for over 50 years)?