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Forum topic by Spacehog posted 09-06-2015 06:34 AM 766 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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09-06-2015 06:34 AM

Topic tags/keywords: router table bosch porter-cable router question compatible

Ahoy all! I recently acquired a Bosch router table which I’m excited to work with. It’s the Bosch RA1181 Benchtop Router Table, and I was curious if anyone has any recommendations for a router to go with it. I currently have an old plunge router from Harbor Freight, so I’m looking to get a new router for this table. I expect that the router I get will be a dedicated router for the table, but I suppose I may take it out from time to time. Although I have used router tables before, I have never set one up. I’m not sure what is considered desirable for a router table router, so any suggestions you have would be awesome. Also, I heard from a friend of mine that Porter-Cable routers are not always compatible with other brands and that I should check ahead of time to make sure I don’t get something I can’t use. My price range is $100-$250ish. I had been looking at PORTER-CABLE 895PK, but I wasn’t sure if it would fit because of what my friend said. Anyway, if someone could steer me towards something good I’d appreciate it. Thanks!

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#1 posted 09-06-2015 07:27 AM

Hey bud, honestly the answer is pretty simple, get a Bosch. You got a Bosch table and I guarantee that a Bosch is the best mate for your table. I’ve found that if you cut corners on tools you’ll pay more in the long run to replace the cheap POS you tried to get by with. Suck it up save a few bucks and get the right tool, which truly is going to be the best not the cheapest. Bosch makes some pretty damn nice tools and they really aren’t that expensive if you figure that up front you have to lay out $350 to $400 and it last you 10-20 years. Whereas a POS cost you $200 and you replace it every few years. Buying good quality tools will show their worth in the quality of work you produce. Honestly friend, I’m not trying to blow sunshine up your skirt! I’ve been down this road myself and have kicked myself in the back side more than once. The last time was in the last year. Ain’t never gonna happen again.

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Burly Bob

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