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Forum topic by maineman posted 02-23-2012 02:53 PM 1044 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-23-2012 02:53 PM

Topic tags/keywords: router combo kits

Hi all,

I’m looking for recommendations/reviews on routers.Ii presently have an older BD that doesn’t fit my table properly and takes 1/4 inch bits and has seen fair amount of use. I’m looking to upgrade since most bits are now 1/2 inch, want to cut raised panels, etc. I’ve been looking at combo kits and here good things about the Bosch however an adapter is needed in some cases. Any thoughts, ideas, recommendations would be appreciated

-- Marc, Maine

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#1 posted 02-23-2012 02:58 PM

Porter Cable 7518
Not a fan of adapters though.

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#2 posted 02-23-2012 03:06 PM

If you want to do panels, with the big bits, then go for a 3 hp, with variable speed.

I think Triton is a good deal for the bucks. And it the 7518 is always a favorite.

If you want it for a table, don’t bother with with the plunge/ solid base combo, just buy another router later. You need more than one.

(Jedi hand motion-) you need many routers…............

-- Dan V. in Indy

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#3 posted 02-23-2012 03:10 PM

Very happy with the Milwaukee 5625. Would also look into the Freud FT3000 or Triton 15 amp for their full compliment of above table features that allow easy one handed topside bit changes and height adjustments.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#4 posted 02-23-2012 03:17 PM

I agree with Dan and recommend looking at the Tritons. They have their own lift mechanism built into each of their routers, so that can save you anywhere from $200-400 in buying a lift accessory.

BTW, I posted a Triton upgrade review when Triton upgraded their lift screw from plastic to metal, making them much more dependable and robust for table use.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#5 posted 02-24-2012 05:04 AM

For both hand and table use, the bosch 1617 is one of the most reliable.
The porter cable 890 kit is nice too, though always seems to be pricey.
Avoid the dewalt dw618 kit; the plunge base is the best in the business but the motor is severely unreliable. Both of mine had the speed control blow out.
I haven’t used the milwaukee but have read nice things about it.

If you plan on doing a whole lot of raised panels I’d probably look into a shaper, since one of the big routers + a lift is already there price-wise.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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