|Forum topic by DavidNJ||posted 03-01-2013 06:37 AM||4264 views||0 times favorited||6 replies|
03-01-2013 06:37 AM
Harbor Freight has a 2 hp fixed base router for $5, $40 with a 20% coupon. I currently have a Bosch 1617 EVS with several bases. However, I’m wondering if the Harbor Freight might be better for my router table.
The Bosch has variable speed and a soft start. However, under the router table, especially inside a dust collection box, the router’s very own speed is difficult to reach. And the soft starts feature with the electronic speed control prevents you from using an external speed control. Besides, I like using the Bosch as a hand router; it has a very nice fence, plunge and fixed bases, and the Dabowiz needs to use a router.
Anticipating using the Bosch I have a Sidewinder 350 router list from Woodpeckers. That precludes using a 3 hp router and my budget would have precluded in anyway.
The Harbor Freight unit doesn’t have variable speed or soft start. But those really aren’t issues here. Electronic speed control is nice but it requires using the routers variable speed adjustment.
Is this Harbor Freight unit any good? Are there other better alternatives?