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Brian024

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1785 days ago

I’ve been searching and researching for a really good router combo kit for the past couple months to replace the one’s that have been “getting me by”. It will double as my shop kit and my job site kit when I need it. I’m not worried about putting it into a table because I hope to get a router table built over the winter and will be getting a dedicated router for that after I finish it. I’ve nailed it down to 3:

http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?action=productDetail&productId=136633-353-1617EVSPK&lpage=none – The Bosch from Lowes for $200. The reviews I have read recommend it highly but I don’t have much experience with Bosch tools. Plus I cannot find whether some of the assesories , i.e. edge guide, will fit this router.

http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?action=productDetail&productId=226742-70-DW618PK&detail=cr&lpage=none – The Dewalt from Lowes for just a little more. The reviews also highly recommend it and plus it weigh the least of the 3 at around 11 lbs. I couldn’t find if the Bosch had it but this also has some form of dust collection.

http://www.homedepot.com/Tools-Hardware-Power-Tools-Routers/h_d1/N-5yc1vZ1xh7Zbaus/R-100520681/h_d2/ProductDisplay?langId=-1&storeId=10051&catalogId=10053 – The Ridgid from Home Depot for the same price as the Bosch. A plus it the LED’s that light up the work area but a down side is it’s the heaviest of the 3.

I need some opinions because after reading reviews for a while, they begin the say the same things. Thanks guys.


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MarkwithaK

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#1 posted 1785 days ago

I’m rather partial to this one myself:
http://www.amazon.com/Milwaukee-5616-24-Max-Horsepower-Multi-Base-BodyGrip/dp/B000QV1CXW/ref=sr_1_99?ie=UTF8&s=hi&qid=1254437346&sr=1-99

but of the 3 you listed I would lean towards the Bosch.

-- If at first you don't succeed then maybe skydiving isn't for you.

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rickf16

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#2 posted 1785 days ago

Ditto what MarkwithaK said. Bosch got good reviews from Wood magazine. I have a Makita combo, but I got it new in the box for 100.00. Lowe’s close-out ;)

-- Rick

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Rustic

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#3 posted 1785 days ago

I would check out Porter Cable

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ND2ELK

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#4 posted 1785 days ago

I have the Bosch router combo and highly recommend it. I work at Lowes part time and this is our number one selling router combo. Thanks for asking.

God Bless
tom

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woodnut

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#5 posted 1785 days ago

I also have the Bosch router combo and it is everything that it is made out to be. I would buy it again if the need araises.

-- F.Little

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#6 posted 1784 days ago

Of those 3, I’d go with the Bosch or DW. There’s really no advantage with the Ridgid other than the light. Given my druthers, I’d take Mark’s suggestion and go with the Milwaukee….Ridgid’s parent company’s top line. Go with the one that feels best in your hands, and/or has the most features that you like.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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papadan

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#7 posted 1784 days ago

I’ve been using this PC set for a few years now and I would buy another if needed. http://www.amazon.com/Porter-Cable-895PK-4-Horsepower-Fixed-Plunge/dp/B0000DCBKN/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=hi&qid=1254450541&sr=8-3

-- Carpenter assembles with hands, Designer builds with brains, Artist creates with heart!

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jonah

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#8 posted 1784 days ago

I’ve got the Ridgid set. It’s very good, and fits Porter-Cable edge guides and accessories. It is very heavy, however, and there have been times where I wish it wasn’t so heavy. If the Dewalt set is indeed nearly ten pounds lighter and you don’t care about the Ridgid warranty, then I would get the Dewalt. Be prepared to pay through the nose for Dewalt accessories, however.

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davidroberts

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#9 posted 1784 days ago

I believe they all have some sort of dust collection attachments. I don’t think there is a 10 pound difference between the three. I have the Ridgid combo. It was one of my first purchases for “finer” woodworking. It’s tall and somewhat top heavy. The on/off switch is a bit tight, which is ackward when you try to turn it off running at full speed, or even a lower speed. May just be my machine. The plunge base is not as smooth as I’d like, can be jerky. I’ve always wondered about the bosch, dewalt and porter cable. I’m a hugh bosch fan nowadays. I just bought their 12V drill/impactor set for $149 at Lowes. Great deal. I degress.

For routers, the world revolves around porter cable, especially for accessories. While buying new has some real advantages, you can find some great deals on ebay. A non-commercail use 2 or 3 year old porter cable fixed or plunge base router or a combo set on ebay is usually worth a look. Alot of people buy a router, use it once or twice, then let it sit in the garage until they decide to sell it. They are like new. You can always buy a separate base usually on the cheap. I’m just saying.

I do believe you’ll be happy with whatever you buy. The differences are usually small.

-- God is great, wood is good. Let us thank Him for wood......and old hand tools.

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#10 posted 1784 days ago

David Roberts makes a good point about the world revolving around PC when it comes to accessories.

Personal opinion on the 3 you asked about. I would go Bosch or Dewalt with Ridgid as last choice, but I would still be willing to give the Ridgid a try.

To keep my opinion in perspective, I am a pro and I favor the big name brands because they rarely let me down. Of the various most popular brands, the decision comes down to what feels good in my hands and does it have the specific features that I desire? What accessories are available afterwords.

Of all the tools that I have ever bought. The worst performing brand has been Milwaukee, but statistically I would say that this is not the norm. I have had poor performance from their router, drill, and rotary hammer and I am a remodeling contractor not a heavy construction guy. I also take very good care of my tools. At this point I will not buy another Milwaukee based on my personal experience.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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a1Jim

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#11 posted 1784 days ago

PC

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Cato

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#12 posted 1784 days ago

I have the Porter Cable plunge and it has been great. When I bought it, it came with a fixed handle as well, and at the time they had a special going and they sent me a D handle for free.

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sry

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#13 posted 1784 days ago

I was having this exact same debate (PC vs Bosch) when I bought my router kit. I couldn’t settle it any other way than just going to Lowe’s and playing with both. See how they feel in your hands, do you like the plunge action, where’s the power switch, is it easy to switch bases, etc.

I ended up deciding on the Bosch and love it. I have no doubt I would have loved the PC as well. It’s highly subjective, but I just liked the way the Bosch felt when I handled it in the store.

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RedShirt013

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#14 posted 1784 days ago

I like the Dewalt. They are shorter than the Bosch and I like how it feels in my hands, stable and not too tippy. The detachable cord is great if you leave it mounted under your saw’s wing. I like its height adjustment but it’s a subjective thing, I think it’s easier to dial in an adjustment quickly.

-- Ed

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Brian024

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#15 posted 1784 days ago

Wow, thanks guys. Lot’s of information to read but its all very helpful. So far the consensus is the Bosch which is what I was leaning to, eventhough I have bought nothing but Dewalt lately. The experience I have had with Bosch hasn’t been good, I bought one of their hammer drills and after a few uses the gearing went out of it, but I think it was just a 1 time deal. The Porter cable had crossed my mind but I’m thinking of putting that into the table when the tim comes. I wish the Lowes near me had display models of them so I could look at them up close. If I did get the Bosch, does anyone know if the PC assesories fit it? As far as bits goes, Woodcraft will be seeing be very soon.

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