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Forum topic by woodnut posted 05-31-2008 04:18 AM 1602 views 0 times favorited 20 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-31-2008 04:18 AM

I am asking this question because my old plunge router bit the dust while I was working a set of cabinets. So now I am in the market for a new router. It needs to have a 1/2 inch collet but other than that I am open to suggestions.

-- F.Little

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#1 posted 05-31-2008 04:36 AM

I have 4 Bosch Model 1617 routers. I don’t have the plunge base, but it is available. They also have the 1617EVS, if you want variable speed router. I have been very pleased with these routers. I use them a lot and they have held up well. 3 of them were bought used off of Ebay.

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#2 posted 05-31-2008 04:39 AM

i have and love the dewalt DW618. you can get the plunge/fixed base combo at lowes for 200$ and it has 2 1/4 hp. its a really nice router.

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#3 posted 05-31-2008 04:39 AM

I own nothing but Porter Cable’s. I have a 690 fixed base, and 2 892’s, one in my router table, and a fixed/plunge base combo. I have never had an issue with either of them with the exception of concentricity. I was told by Leigh Jigs that the Makita has a better sub base, but I’ve read on Amazon that Makita’s switch often gets clogged with dust, opening up the circuit, and causing it to fail. I wish I knew of a better router for cutting dovetails, I would try it. The motors in my PC’s are rock solid!! Good luck!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#4 posted 05-31-2008 06:17 AM

Just bought a Bosch 1617EVSPK 2 1/4HP fixed/plunge base combo pack tonight. Payed $197.00 plus tax = $210.00 out the door. I have used Porter Cable in the past but thought I would try a Bosch. Both have about equal reviews.

God Bless

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#5 posted 05-31-2008 06:34 AM

I love my Elu…...............too bad they sold out to a foriegn company and are no longer available

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#6 posted 05-31-2008 06:40 AM

I have 7 or 8 PC’s They all seem to work great.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#7 posted 05-31-2008 07:14 AM

any router is better then no router but frued would be last choice….............unless its free

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#8 posted 05-31-2008 12:52 PM

After about 15 years my DW621 developed a crack in the chassis which has the depth stop lock on it’s last legs but otherwise it’s been an excellent. I believe it’s also the one Pat Warner recommends for a plunger. It comes with both 1/2 & 1/4 collets and has fair (not great) dust collection. I upgraded to a Festool OF1400 for the better dust collection and in most ways it’s an all-around better router. I much prefer the depth adjustment mechanism on the DW621 over the OF1400 though.

-- Use the fence Luke

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#9 posted 05-31-2008 12:56 PM

I have 3 Ryobi, 2 Porter Cable and a Milwaukee and other that one of the Ryobis, I have nothing bad to say about any of them. However, if I had my druthers (whatever they may be), I’ve have another Milwaukee or two. My daughter bought it for me for Christmas, and I am quite impressed. So far, it’s a good solid machine.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#10 posted 05-31-2008 01:02 PM

My favorites are Porter Cable.

-- Bruce from Central New, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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#11 posted 05-31-2008 02:29 PM

I would get a plunge router with at least a 2 hp motor. I have a PC, Hitachi and two Dewalts and like them all. Look in the reviews section. There have been a number of router reviews posted there. That may help you decide which brand you would like. A friend of mine, who is a pro, once advised me when buying tools to not opt for budget priced tools but buy the most tool for the money that I could afford.

Hope this helps.

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#12 posted 05-31-2008 02:32 PM

I have one of these like quite well.
The one in the picture comes with a built in rasier for table mounting.


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#13 posted 05-31-2008 02:33 PM

My Triton 2 1/4 hp 1/2 collet has through the table height adjustment, smooth plunge and comes with an assortment of accessories for 199.99. I really like the soft-start feature and the variable speed control. There have been a couple of reviews on this tool in the LJ reviews.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#14 posted 05-31-2008 03:22 PM

I have the PC 694 with the plunge and fixed base. I love it. Don’t forget about accessories. I have found most are made to fit the PC brand. They may fit 50 others but PC is normally one of them.

-- Jimmy, Oklahoma "It's a dog-eat-dog world, and I'm wearing milkbone underwear!"

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#15 posted 05-31-2008 04:09 PM

Mon dieu! First, I think you need to ask the question, “How MANY routers will I need eventually?” I usually answer that one with, “I dunno, how many bits do you own?” The implication being that I might like one for EVERY bit. Fat chance but you get the drift.

But seriously folks, if you can answer the question with ANY number more than one then I think you should build your collection around a particular brand. It simplifies things somewhat. I currently own three different brands BUT I own a whole lot of one brand more than the others. It’s nice to be able to swap motors in bases that I’ve “dedicated” to various processes. As to choosing a brand, they all have strengths and weaknesses.

So If I were just starting out, I’d check my wallet/bank account, keep in mind what kind of work I do AND aspire to do, compare comparable models [2hp to 2hp, etcl] THEN check the depth of the brand’s line of routers and look for a legacy of power tool innovation. Bosch, Milwaukee, Makita, Hitachi, P-C, DeWalt all have such reputations therefor you won’t go wrong with ANY of them. Fein and Festool are fine power tools, pricey as Porshes and just as pleasureable to drive.

WoodNut, just buy what you can afford and don’t fall for a lot of fluff and bit sets that some “consumer grade” power tools use to get you to buy them. You can smoke the motor in a B&D in an afternoon of heavy usage. Don’t ask how I know that.

Good luck,

-- When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -- John Muir

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