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Forum topic by MitchBigglesworth posted 06-04-2012 06:39 PM 1947 views 0 times favorited 39 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-04-2012 06:39 PM

I’m going to purchase a new router in the coming days. First router purchase for me as I’m methodically rounding out my shop. I plan to use the router mostly in a table. I’ve narrowed it down to a few units, and I’d love the experienced insight of LumberJocks members.

The candidates are:

Milwaukee 6516-24 | $229

Bosch 1617EVSPK | $209

DeWalt DW618PK | $220

Many thanks!


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#1 posted 06-04-2012 06:49 PM

I’ve got that Bosch and I don’t think you can go wrong there, especially since it’s the best price. A friend of mine has that Milwaukee and likes it, but complains that the case is unnecessarily huge.

-- Rex

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#2 posted 06-04-2012 06:52 PM

OR, maybe a Sears craftsman kit. For LESS than $200 out the door…..Been running this one since last spring. 1/4’’ and 1/2” collets, bases will take the P-C bushings, LED work light, Includes a wrench for below the router table top adjustments. Cost me $170 out the door. This thing is almost all metal.

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#3 posted 06-04-2012 07:14 PM

I use the Bosch as my go to router, but the model I have has the switch in the left handle on the plunge base, something I find invaluable. Also, one day my Bosch got knocked over onto the floor onto a 1/2” rubber mat on concrete. Fell over 30”. Didn’t flinch, nothing broke. I also own a Rigid and a PC, and I consider them both lesser models. The Rigid is OK, but I hate the position of the off/on switch. Otherwise, the view is good and it handles well. The PC I own is a bit dated, so I can’t really compare it. From 2001. Never owned a Dewalt router. Owned three Craftsman routers, two had to go back for 1) bad motor, and 2) cracked casing, and the third is my reminder to never buy Craftsman again. The light fell off, the casing cracked, the shaft wrench flats stripped using the supplied wrench which I still have in my router tool box.

You see a lot of Milwaukees and Dewalts and Craftsmans in pawn shops, but you don’t see many Boschs.

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#4 posted 06-04-2012 07:26 PM

The Bosch 1617 is an excellent router and has been reviewed by numerous wood magazines and always seems to win the best choice awards. I have 8 different routers and have the bosch in my router table. It gets more use than all of the others combined and has been problem free since I bought it about 5 years ago.

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#5 posted 06-04-2012 07:35 PM

The 1617 is an excellent router, but I’m a Bosch snob when it comes to routers. I have a Milwaukee and a Triton and a PC (and 4 other Bosch routers); the Bosch routers stand head and shoulders above the rest IMHO.

-- Nicky

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#6 posted 06-04-2012 07:40 PM

Milwaukee. Great fixed base design and through-the base height

... of course the DW has dust collection.

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#7 posted 06-04-2012 07:47 PM

Porter Cable is the way to go for routers. IMO

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#8 posted 06-04-2012 07:50 PM

Porter Cable 7518 motor only for router table, spendy but worth it.

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#9 posted 06-04-2012 07:50 PM

I have the bosch and love it. I would love to get another one, keep one in the table and one out of it, but the budget doesn’t allow for that…yet :)

-- Brian T. - Exact science is not an exact science

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#10 posted 06-04-2012 07:59 PM

I heavily considered all of the routers you mentioned and was about to buy the Bosch, but got this
I know a lot of people will say “Craftsman is crap!!” but seriously, this router is nice. As I mentioned in the review, I would not recommend any other craftsman router other than the one in my review. Pretty much everyone lives in a reasonable distance from a sears, do yourself a favor and at least go have a look at it.

I also own a Porter Cable 7518 (mounted in a table) and a small Dewalt laminate/trim router.


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#11 posted 06-04-2012 08:07 PM

Or, the Harbor Freight $59.99 special.

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#12 posted 06-04-2012 08:19 PM

For a table set up, my recommendation is the DeWalt DW625 as it is 15amp and considered heavy duty instead of medium duty. I’ve had the DW625 in my router table for over 15-years with no regrets and no problems—does everything I ask of it. Otherwise, I have two Bosch 1617EVS and love them, especially for routing dovetails, and I have several other routers but that is not relevant. I had two PC, and gave them both away to nephews, just never really cared for them. In any event, good luck and enjoy.

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#13 posted 06-04-2012 08:50 PM

I’ve got a heavy duty Triton (in a table) from my days doing restoration work and a Hitachi that I use for handheld work. To be honest, I’ve had a chance to use the newer Craftsman kit (buddy of mine picked one up) and to be honest, for the price, it seems like a pretty nice little model.

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#14 posted 06-04-2012 08:53 PM

If it’s primarily for table use, why not get a used shaper? Even the cheapest Grizzly get’s positive reviews.

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#15 posted 06-04-2012 09:09 PM

Thanks for the excellent replies! The reason I’m not looking at shapers is because I’m financing this purchase with gift cards from one of the big box stores.

Thanks again! It seems like mostly positives for the Bosch.


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