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Forum topic by MK19 posted 05-21-2010 05:43 AM 1894 views 0 times favorited 14 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-21-2010 05:43 AM

I have enjoyed my 2HP plunge Craftsman router (model 135.17508) and small table, but I feel I would benefit from a more modern setup and have been looking at this:

Bosch combo router=

Realizing that if I go this router, I’ll also need to purchase this:

Bosch router table=

With my 10% military discount, this still sets me back $350. What are the thoughts around the horn? Should I look at other options (I’d like stay in this price range). Thanks all!


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#1 posted 05-21-2010 06:22 AM

I LOVE that bosch router table.
If I hadnt built my own table that would be mine.
I also really like the bosch routers. Porter cable has a nice router combo kit out right now. Its also availible at lowes. But then you will need to build the norm router table ;) haha

If i were you I would consider either of these.
Just my opinion though

-- ~Eagle America~ ~Woodcraft~

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#2 posted 05-21-2010 06:33 AM

A porter cable and a shop made router table will cost half that.

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#3 posted 05-21-2010 06:38 AM

Being relatively new to woodworking, making a router table might be a bit much for me- although I love a challenge!

Jim- What model PC should I be looking at and where might I find some plans for building a table? I’d love to incorporate something into my work bench (72” x 24” x 1”)

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#4 posted 05-21-2010 06:54 AM

porter cable makes a variety of routers.
This is the kit i had in mind.
you cant go wrong with a PC router.
At this point there is no need for a speedmatic or one of the large workhorse models. That combo kit should get you by.
As for building a table. Its really not as hard as you might think. And it will probably be a great skill building project for you! If you google it you will find tons of planes. Or if you want to make a really nice one that will last for years you can get the plans for norms router table of the new yankee workshop website.

-- ~Eagle America~ ~Woodcraft~

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#5 posted 05-21-2010 07:17 AM

I don’t own the Bosch router but I have used a couple of them and one problem I’ve seen is the wooden handles cracking and breaking off.

As for the Porter Cables, I do own the PC 893PK and it is fantastic. I paid $209.99 at Lowe’s after their $50 off any order over $250 coupon. It is the same router motor listed above and I think the only difference is the second base.

The only complaint I have with the PC is it only comes with one wrench because it comes with collar lock built-in. I put too much pressure on it and broke it – now I use two wrenches.

As for building a router table check this link out: Step-by-Step guide. My first router table wasn’t much more than a piece of 3/4 inch plywood but it worked.

Good luck,

-- Ron - Any day that I don't learn something new is a wasted day.

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#6 posted 05-21-2010 07:30 AM

I agree with the comment above. The router table and be shop furniture or it can be outrageously basic.
One of my favorite woodworkers douglas stowe has books and videos for god sake and just uses some old plywood as his table.
Its really about opinion and time willing to be spent.

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#7 posted 05-21-2010 08:41 AM

Just watched Norm’s video on the router table… DROOL!!! That thing is AWESOME! While I would love to make that, I am not fully setup for something on that scale just as of yet and I’d have to figure materials would run me close to $300+

I am leaning towards the Bosch router, although I will look at the PC tomorrow.

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#8 posted 05-21-2010 12:31 PM

The Bosch table is a nice one for a small shop, or to put on a roll around. I had one for awhile. I ended up building one with a Pinnacle top. But that would be out of your price range, and its quite a bit bigger. But it really works on the larger projects. When making the table I did not let the Bosch just sit there. I used the fence temperaly, and am still using the switch setup from the table.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#9 posted 05-21-2010 12:31 PM

I own a PC895. I’ve been very happy with that but suspect that you would find the Bosch router to be a fine tool as well. IMHO the Bosch table is too small. I like having a larger surface to work on and it never made sense to me to spend that kind of money for a router table that you’ll need to set on top of something else. By building a full size yourself, you get extra storage, a larger surface, improve dust collection, and don’t have to give up a work surface to set it on.

-- Greg, Severn MD

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#10 posted 05-21-2010 02:03 PM

I currently don’t have a table for my router. The option I am most likely to go with is a router table top from MLCS and a building a simple base out of construction lumber. I believe through the end of the month the tops are less than $200 and you should be able to mount your current router in them. If you put $150 in materials into your base I’d imagine you could have a pretty nice setup.

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#11 posted 05-21-2010 02:18 PM

I was going to build a router table. When I figured it up I could buy basically the same thing from Best Router Tables for a little less and spend my time using it instead of building it. The thing is absolutely beautiful. I have a hard time remembering it’s a tool not fine furniture. LOL

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#12 posted 05-21-2010 03:16 PM

I predict that before long you will want a router that stays in the table all the time and a second router for hand held use. Using a single router for both applications is a pain. You should think ahead to that scenario.

That said – I see little need for a 2 base router. The router in the table will be a fixed base router and the hand held router will be a plunge router.

For the time being, I would recommend you save some money by buying just a basic fixed base router (PC 890 is a good option) and a table (or build a table). Continue to use your Craftsman as your hand held router until you decide to upgrade that.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#13 posted 05-23-2010 07:23 AM

That outer table is to small, you’ll out grow it real quick, if your just getting into ww than you don’t have enough scrap around to make one less then what it would cost to make one. If you have acsess to an table top, desktop, counter top, that will do for now til you know what you want. Check out all the tables on this site, mark down all the features you want, then when you built yours you’ll have it your way…

-- Rick

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#14 posted 05-23-2010 07:50 AM

I own that Bosch router and I like it a lot.

-- Ohh mann...pancakes and boobies...I'll bet that's what Heaven is like! ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣

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