|Review by roundabout22||posted 01-29-2008 03:19 AM||3724 views||0 times favorited||21 comments|
For a few years I made do with a ryobi plunge router. In fact it’s still going strong, but the time came for an upgrade. I knew I wanted a kit, that way I could put the fixed base under the router table and just switch the motor over. The plan was to make some rail and stile doors so I figured on at least a 2hp router. In doing the research it seemed like this router and the dewalt were fairly close. I wasn’t planing on doing much template routing and actually liked the feel of the handles on the bosch.
I was having trouble deciding until I found a deal on the bosch. I got it for less than $200 brand new with free shipping. It even included the dust collection parts, a centering pin, a wrench for adjusting the cutting depth in a router table, and a edge guide kit.
Overall I am pleased with the power that the router has, and almost every thing else is great.
The problem? Well, switching out the motor sucks. If you look close in the second picture (I know its not very good) you can see all kinds of scratches. Not just around the bottom of the motor, but also all the way up the sides. The motor doesn’t seem to fit right in the fixed base, so every time I switch I wonder if it will go smooth or not. Sometimes I have to stand on the edges of the base to get enough strength to pull the motor out.
I’m hoping that I just got a bad router base, and not everyone has the same problems as I have. I would have it repaired/replaced, but it long again went past its warranty date, and I don’t want to have to pay.
You’ll be pleased with either the fixed base or the plunge, but next time I think I’ll go with the dewalt. Oh, by the way, the ryobi is in the router table for now.
-- remember always measure once and cut twice