Routers - Porter Cable or Bosch?

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Forum topic by JasonIndy posted 09-12-2009 05:36 AM 7094 views 1 time favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-12-2009 05:36 AM

I’ve been eyeing a few router kits and have narrowed it down to either a Porter Cable model # 893PK or Bosch model # 1617EVSPK. Anybody out there with either of these (or both) willing to offer an opinion of pros/cons they’ve experienced? What I’m looking for more than anything else is which one, if either, is going to offer the most versatility. I’m still in the tool accumulation phase (if it ever ends) so I plan on using it in as many ways as possible. Thanks in advance!

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#1 posted 09-12-2009 09:24 AM

I have both the PC and Bosch and personally like the Bosch better. to me the Bosch just feels better and I like the design of the bases better. There really is nothing wrong with the PC though. I get lots of email from people who like the PC routers as well. I have reviews of both the PC and Bosch routers at the link below if that would help. Either will do fine in a woodworking shop.

-- Tom Hintz,

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#2 posted 09-12-2009 04:07 PM

I have the Bosch 1617EVSPK kit and like it a lot. I use it for all my freehand routing work, as well as dovetailing on my Omnijig. It has plenty of power for my woodworking needs. The micro-adjust height control is great. Swapping between the fixed base and the plunge base is easy.
If you are going to use this router in a router table, make sure that you get the new kit that comes with the fixed base (RA1165) that has the above-the-table height adjustment. The older version of the fixed base doesn’t have this feature, but is still on the market.

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#3 posted 09-12-2009 04:48 PM

Having few routers myself I think Tom hit the nail on the head it’s all about feel first and of course the features make a difference and price also works into the equation.

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#4 posted 09-12-2009 05:39 PM

Jason – Have you handled both of these routers? They both have lots of supporters and both have a proven record, so go with the one that feels best in your hands…it’s very subjective. The PC accepts the standard PC inserts, but I like the hardwood handles on the Bosch. Given my druthers, I actually prefer the Milwaukee 5616 to both.

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#5 posted 09-12-2009 05:54 PM

I have used both, and I prefer the porter cable. I have had other porter cable routers for over ten years without ever having a problem, but I have had problems with the bosch and it’s only 2 years old.

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

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#6 posted 09-12-2009 07:24 PM

I have both. I prefer the Bosch by far, although the PC is a good router. Just my personal taste.


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#7 posted 09-13-2009 02:21 AM

I have the Bosch and really like the micro adjustment and variable speed. We used PC routers at work and they held up in a prison shop. I prefer the Bosch in my home shop. Thanks for asking.

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#8 posted 09-13-2009 05:16 AM

Thank you for all the replies. The tricky part is I haven’t really logged a lot of time with either of them so it’s kind of a shot in the dark. I’m leaning towards the Bosch, just because I recently bought their latest-model jigsaw and it’s worked out really, really well for me.

Tom – thanks for the links I really liked the reviews.

Knotscott – I’m not sure what my personal preference would be. I’ve got a class that starts next month and I might see if I can get a turn or two with both and then I’ll go from there.

Thanks again for all the replies!

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