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Forum topic by msecerov posted 02-18-2017 07:45 PM 461 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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msecerov

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02-18-2017 07:45 PM

Im looking into buying my first router and Im looking at two models atm:

https://shop.bosch-professional.com/gb/en/product/multifunction-router-gmf-1600-ce--23291

https://www.makitatools.com/products/details/RP2301FC

They both cost around the same where Im from (Serbia), about 500 euro.

Which one would you choose and why?
Thank you!


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#1 posted 02-18-2017 08:35 PM

Can’t go wrong with either one. If I were making the purchase, I’d go for the traditional plunge Makita. I find a plunge router works better for me when handheld. Being able to plunge into cuts like mortises is a good feature.

I have a Bosch motor mounted under my router table.

Edit: just noticed the Bosch is listed as a plunge router. That wasn’t obvious from the photo.

-- No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery.

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#2 posted 02-18-2017 08:38 PM

Thanks for replying, tho with the Bosch i do get both the plunge base and a fixed base which i could attach to a table one day…

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#3 posted 02-18-2017 08:46 PM

The Bosch is a combo router with two bases, but the Makita has a more powerful 2100 watt motor vs. a 1600 watt motor on the Bosch. Also the Bosch has a depth of 76mm vs 70mm…

Hard to decide :(

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#4 posted 02-18-2017 08:47 PM

I didn’t see that the Bosch had two bases. I do now though. The test report at the bottom refers to it as dual base. The title at the top is less clear.

I have to say that the Bosch motor I have in my router table has excellent speed control under a wide range of loads.

I like both brands. Like I said originally, either one would be a fine choice.

-- No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery.

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#5 posted 02-18-2017 08:50 PM

Thanks, sorry for the unclear title… I have until monday to decide, but I must admit Im leaning twords the Bosch

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#6 posted 02-19-2017 12:33 AM

I wasn’t referring to the title of your post, it was the Bosch web page. My fault really, I just glanced at the photo.

Having two bases is really flexible, and, like I said, the electronics on my Bosch motor mounted under my router table are excellent. I’ve been very happy with all of the Bosch tools that I’ve owned.

-- No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery.

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#7 posted 02-19-2017 02:08 AM

Except for mortising I would use the Bosch
more. Plunge routers excel at mortising and,
when hand held, not much else. They are
top heavy.

If you have another method of mortising,
use another joinery method like dowels
or screws, etc. you might find the Bosch
a happier all-around first router.

There are plans for adapting fix based
routers available through woodgears.ca
for making a shop-build mortising machine.

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#8 posted 02-19-2017 05:40 AM

my vote goes to bosch,ive got one and love it,quality and performance are top notch.and I don’t like Makita because years ago I sold them and there service was terrible,so I never buy there products anymore.you wont go wrong with bosch-my 2 cents!

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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