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#1 posted 03-20-2012 01:56 PM

The Bosch would make a good little trim router for free hand work. I think it’s too small to use in a router table. I buy lots of second hand tools, but you have to pay attention. You can find great deals on barely used tools, and find wore out junk that they want more than retail price for. I see lots of bigger routers for 40 or 50 bucks, sometimes even less. Even if they are scratched and dirty, they may still last for years. I don’t even think the brand name even matters that much. One thing that does matter is the collet. If it’s one with a split ferrule, instead of regular collet, don’t bother with it. I bought a Black and Decker and fought with it for years. It would change depth in the middle of the cut. I thought it was slipping through the adjustment collar. So I put sandpaper under it and tightened the heck out of it. Damn thing still changed depth. I finally noticed the bit was slipping through the collet. I finally threw it in the trash, when it ruined one too many boards. I went to Sears and they had a 1-3/4 horse fixed base Craftsman with a half inch collet. It was on clearance for fifty bucks. They still had one left, Hurry.

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