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1dsumm

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07-24-2015 03:42 PM

I’m in the market for my first router. I’d like to be able to tackle big and small jobs. Help


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DKV

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#1 posted 07-24-2015 04:06 PM

What does your research tell you?

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timbertailor

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#2 posted 07-24-2015 04:13 PM

Bosch is really the only way to go now a days. They have kits for fixed base and plunge base use of a router. The other mfg’s just seem to have lost their way. Festool if you have the money and can appreciate its value.

The Router Forums might be a good place to visit for more information.

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#3 posted 07-24-2015 04:17 PM

A good all rounder would be a Festool OF1400:

http://www.bobmarinosbesttools.com/router-of-1400-eq-t-loc-/p/574342/

HTH

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#4 posted 07-24-2015 04:27 PM

Porter-Cable or Milwaukee.

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rwe2156

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#5 posted 07-24-2015 09:35 PM

Festool for his first router? Really?

You’ll get plenty of opinions, but the 690 series PC are workhorses, but personally I don’t buy PC tools anymore I think they went the way of KitchenAid.

I buy DeWalt hand power tools almost exclusively nowadays and they make good routers, too.
Then you’ve got Bosch, Milwaukee, Hitachi…..

Oh heck, DKV is right. Do some research, compare features and go look at some tools.

But I would recommend getting a plunge/fixed base kit of some kind.

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Redoak49

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#6 posted 07-24-2015 09:44 PM

I have a couple of older PC and a DeWalt and all are good.

For first time router buyers…..remember that you will have more invested in router bits than the router and you will likely want a router table. I use a router in a table more than hand held.

Router bits come in all makes and quality and prices. It is very easy to spend $40_50 for a good bit. Choosing the bits on a budget is not easy.

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ElChe

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#7 posted 07-24-2015 09:57 PM

I have an early Bosch 1617 EVS with fixed and plunge base. Works like a champ. My only complaint is that it doesn’t fit Porter Cable bushings but I resolved that issue by buying the bushing adapter. Decent power. Not to heavy. Never had a problem with it.

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#8 posted 07-24-2015 10:31 PM

This comes up fairly often. I’m going to simply tell you to go here http://www.cpotools.com/factory-reconditioned-bosch-1617evspk-rt-12-amp-2-25-hp-combination-plunge-and-fixed-base-router-kit/bshr1617evspk-rt,default,pd.html?ref=rfsa&gclid=CjwKEAjwxMetBRDJx6Sz2p7DsQ0SJADJHAqNf3FlOsm-BzZPalGi01wuDbhBAzExCUjHePAZ3y-VfxoCnRnw_wcB

That’s the Bosch 1617EVSPK kit, with both the fixed and plunge bases, a nice case and several accessories. It’s only $164 dollars and has the same warranty as new. Get it. You’ll thank yourself.

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SawduztJunky

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#9 posted 07-24-2015 11:04 PM

Porter Cable 690LR 1-3/4 HP Fixed Base Router
$126.40 from 50+ stores
Or
Porter Cable 7538 3-1/4 HP Plunge Router Speedmatic
$318.58 from 25+ stores

I have 4 of each and have used them for over 10 years. Love em. Dont waste money on a festool either… ive tried one…. not impressed at all And i like Amana blades and router bits. There IS a big difference with what bits you use

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exelectrician

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#10 posted 07-24-2015 11:25 PM

Like Lays chips you cannot just have one router ….. My choice for you would be a colt and a 1617 evs both Bosch of course.

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SawduztJunky

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#11 posted 07-25-2015 04:48 AM

All porter cable… lol

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Quanter50

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#12 posted 07-25-2015 10:50 AM

Look around for a Vintage Porter Cable M-100 Router Motor and B-100 Base. This was my first router handed down to me from my Dad. Easy to handle and not so powerful that it will scare you. I still have it and still use it. One of my favorite routers.

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MC

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#13 posted 07-25-2015 12:08 PM

My first and only router is the Bosch 1617 combo. I was also able to purchase an extra base ($20) for use in a router table. The multiple bases make the 1617 versatile and more than adequate for all of the jobs I have done.

I will be starting a new project soon that will require a larger router for raised panels. The 1617 lacks the power for the larger bits. I tried the vertical panel raised bits but did not like the results. Still researching the larger routers before I make the purchase.

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dawsonbob

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#14 posted 07-25-2015 03:22 PM

MC

I’ve been looking at getting a larger router for the table. Like you, I use the Bosch 1617EVSPK kit, and I love it. Still, sometimes you just need a little more oomph than the 1617. For that, I think I’ll be looking at the large Triton.

As for the original poster, you can’t go wrong with Bosch 1617EVSPK kit. It will be all the router you can use for quite awhile. When you’ve mastered that one, you might find a need for something a little stronger in your router table.

-- Mistakes are what pave the road to perfection

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AlaskaGuy

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#15 posted 07-25-2015 04:34 PM


Bosch is really the only way to go now a days. They have kits for fixed base and plunge base use of a router. The other mfg s just seem to have lost their way. Festool if you have the money and can appreciate its value.

The Router Forums might be a good place to visit for more information.

And welcome to Lumber Jocks!

- timbertailor

Now you tell me!

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