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Forum topic by MyFathersSon posted 07-16-2011 05:06 PM 6405 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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MyFathersSon

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07-16-2011 05:06 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question router

Bought this a couple of years ago.
In very moderate use have already had to replace bearings once—and the are grinding again.
Thinking it’s better just to replace the router.

Use will be primarily table mounted.
Plunge base would be an nice extra—but very secondary.

Sears has some really good prices this weekend—but am a bit gunshy of Craftsman at this point (sad to say)
Looking at the PC 891 and 892 oin clearance at Rockler.
Liking the fact they have built-in above the table adjustments.

Anyone have recommendations from experience with either of these?
Any of the Craftsmen worth even thinking about?
Anything else you would recommend for moderate use in the under $200 price range?

-- Those who insist it can't be done - should politely refrain from interrupting those who are doing it.


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#1 posted 07-17-2011 04:43 AM

I have the 890 series plunge and fixed combo and love it. Thev only thing that I don’t like is the button for locking the chuck. Other than this small gripe it is a great all around router. 2 1/4 up good for most stuff.

-- mrg

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#2 posted 07-17-2011 04:59 AM

I am almost ashamed to post this but I have a 1/4” Ryobi router that I just cant kill despite heavy use in my router table. Not sure of the model # but can get it if you need it. It is the one that comes with the router table for $100 or less. It has been used on every one of my projects for the past 3 years. Adjust height above table, user friendly spindle lock, etc. I keep thinking it will die but it just keeps on going.

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#3 posted 07-18-2011 01:05 AM

If owning Ryobi is something to be ashamed of—I’m in BIG trouble.
I’ve had one of their 1/4” routers for YEARS also. It is my hand held.
Also have one of their miter saws and small belt sander.
My needs are fairly simple and my budget very small – so price is a big factor.
Hoping I can find a little better quality without going too far outsiide my price range.

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#4 posted 07-18-2011 01:21 AM

The Triton MOF001C not only has above table height adjust, it’s got an extended collet and an auto collet lock that allows one handed above table bit changes…a feature very few routers except the two top Freuds offer.

I’m also a fan of the Milwaukee Body Grip routers and the Hitachi M12VC. On sale I wouldn’t hesitate to get a Bosch, Makita, DW, or PC either.

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#5 posted 07-18-2011 01:35 AM

The newer Craftman routers have actually been well reviewed. C-man club sale just ended but there will be another. For a value buy, I’d feel fine getting a C-man or Ryobi. Both my routers are Craftsman.

But for $200 you can get any of the big brands, Ridgid, Dewalt, PC and take a look at Hitachi…they are also a good value!

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#6 posted 07-18-2011 01:48 AM

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#7 posted 07-31-2011 11:37 PM

What about the Bosch 1617EVS combo kit?
I found some very good comments about it on here—but they were posted 2 and 3 years ago.
Just wondering if anyone’s opinion had changed in that time—or if by now there was something better for the same price.
Did they ever fix the switch problem?

Bullethead – thanks for the good word on Craftsman.
Glad they are getting their act together again – because I grew up with them.
Just been really burned by the last two I bought.

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#8 posted 08-01-2011 12:21 AM

If you replace the bearings again, upgrade to better bearings….they’re pretty cheap.

Lotsa folks love the Bosch 1617. I loved the hardwood handles, but didn’t like that it required an adapter to accept bushings, and honestly preferred how quiet and light the Hitachi M12VC was….perfect for dovetails.

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#9 posted 08-01-2011 12:25 AM

You don’t have to go to Sears to get bearing for this router. Go to a shop that specializes in bearings and tell them you want the best. All they need is the OD, ID,thickness and type of seal or shield.

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