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What kind of different bases can I use with this tool?

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There are several different bases you can use with this tool. One example swivels so you can trim edges at a variety of different angles. An offsetting base allows you to get into tight corners because the bit is located at the edge of the base, rather than in the center. When working with laminate, this particular base is great for creating a backsplash. You can cut around the edges of a circle with a roundover bit.

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