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knotscott

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#1 posted 563 days ago

Is this router going into a router table or will you be using it for hand use?

I ask because different features are desirable for table use than for hand use. For a table variable speed is a must, and more power is “good to have”. You may also want a lot of the convenient top side features that allow easy one handed bit changes from above the table.

For hand use you don’t need variable speed, and you want the router to feel comfortable and well balanced….that usually means a bit smaller than one you might put into a router table. A plunge base can be handy but it isn’t something I’d feel lost without.

I like the Milwaukee routers a lot….very well built, accept standard bushings, and the 5615 and 5616 offer the BodyGrip feature. The MW plunge base is excellent. Bosch, Freud, Makita, PC, Hitachi, DW, Triton, Ridgid, and even the newer CMan routers get favorable reviews. Find a deal on one you like the feel of.

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