It's worth learning for sure. There are certain things you have to be constantly aware of, like the ideal direction to move around a particular piece with, sometimes it's opposite of conventional wisdom, but it's time well spent. Like you said, it really is a versatile tool.Bought my first plunge router this year. I'd really like to get better at using it (I've purchased some high quality earplugs). I would call myself "router challenged"; really need to work at it though as it seems to be an incredibly versatile tool.