|Forum topic by Purrmaster||posted 464 days ago||2065 views||0 times favorited||69 replies|
464 days ago
In the next couple of weeks I’m going to be getting my first router. I’ve already determined that the direction I intend to go is to get a router that I can change between fixed base and plunge. Please keep in mind I know next to nothing abour routers (but I am learning).
I’ve figured out a few things from checking these forums that my router should have a motor of at least 2 HP and ability to accept 1/4 inch and 1/2 inch bits. Beyond that I am largely clueless.
From what I’ve read it sounds like Porter Cable is the defacto standard for routers. Accessories are usually designed to attach to Porter Cable machines. Since I hope to use jigs and templates that might become an issue with a non Porter Cabe router.
But I liked the look of the DeWalt and the Bosch routers. For the Bosch, probably the MRC23EVSK. I really, really like the idea of LED lighting built in. For the DeWalt, possibly the DW616PK or DW618B3.
I looked at one of the DeWalt plunge/fixed combo kits at Lowes. What concernd me is that the plunge base only has one spring on one side. Aside from seeming chintzy it also made me concerned that the plunge might not be as smooth as with a two spring model (which seems to be the standard).
So I guess I’m looking for reccomendations. I’ll add more model numbers later.
Also, can anyone tell me what the significant difference between Bosch’s 1617EVSPK and the MRC23EVSK? Other than $100?
I guess I could always buy a Harbor Freight router and pray…