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#1 posted 09-12-2012 11:20 AM

Avoid the dewalt dw618 kit; the plunge base is the best in the business, but the motors are very unreliable. The speed control broke on both of mine and one stopped working all together.

The bosch 1617 kit is excellent and would be a strong contender for a new router kit if I needed one. I used to have one and it was the smoothest router I’ve used. I’d also give the milwaukee a shot. The newer bosch kit looks nice, but too expensive for what you get IMHO; the same goes for the porter cable 890 kits.

The bosch 1617 kit can commonly be found for under $200, usually around $179.

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