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Forum topic by flipflop posted 01-21-2009 05:23 AM 1770 views 0 times favorited 24 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-21-2009 05:23 AM

I had a Delta years ago and liked it, but but ex wife stole all my tools so now I’m trying to buy new tools. Well that was 7 years ago and I know tools have changed. So help me out what is the best router for $200 or less? I am looking for a plunge and base.

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#1 posted 01-21-2009 05:48 AM

I like Porter Cable, also.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 01-21-2009 03:43 PM

I have the Hitachi 12 VC combo kit, got it at Lowes on clearance for $116(you should be able to find them still), well…actually I got it for $25 cause I had a gift card! Have had no problems yet.

-- If you can't fix it with a hammer, you've got an electrical problem!

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#3 posted 01-21-2009 04:07 PM

You might find it beneficial to go to a store and actually handle some of the different router models to see which you like better. When I bought mine, I just went to Lowe’s and was able to compare the PC, Bosch, Hitachi, and DeWalt kits right there. I ended up with the 2 1/4HP Bosch kit, and love it.

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#4 posted 01-21-2009 06:06 PM

Checked out the Bosch and I’m leaning that way, but I need a mounting plate for it. I am going to build a new router table so I just need the plate. I was thinking that maybe I could just get a piece of plexiglass and drill holes, recess the hardware and call it good. I have some 1/2 plexiglass laying around that would work. Let me know what ya think. Thanks for the insight on the routers.

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#5 posted 01-21-2009 06:24 PM

seems like most 3rd party vendors are making their jigs/plates standard for the PC 3HP router, but they all make fittings/adaptors to fit every other router in the market.

for quality, comfort, and versatility I chose the Bosch 2-1/4HP set that Lowes is selling. I got it at Rockler a while back with their Aluminum router table plate to fit it. it’s a great router and is also favorable by many in the industry.

the Bosch has nice Dust covers, Great Edge guide, and is precise.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#6 posted 01-21-2009 07:10 PM

There is, or was, a Porter Cable combo kit which comes with the fixed base, D-handle base and the plunge base, all for around $140.00. That is what I have and it has never failed me, I think I have had it for about 4 years now. I like the Porter Cable adjustment better than the deWalt adjustment.

The only complaint I have with the plunge base is the set-screw mechanism it uses. It uses an allen screw to press a small plate againt the router, getting it to come loose again can be a PITA. The other 2 bases use compression to hold the router and come loose when you want them to. Maybe PC has improved upon this in the recent years.

-- Rich, anybody want a peanut?

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#7 posted 01-21-2009 07:14 PM

PurpLev, anything I need to know about the Rockler table plate (tips, tricks, etc)? I actually just ordered it a few days ago when I got a discount code in my email, and it’s expected to arrive today :o)

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#8 posted 01-21-2009 08:11 PM

I know that Craftsman isn’t always the best these days, but I’ve had zero problems with my 28084 combo. And although I thought the LED light was just a gimick, it turns out that I’ve actually benefited from it. They’re $20 off right now, so it’s not a bad deal for under $200. Sombody old me that Porter Cable actually manufactuers this one. Not sure how truthful that is though.

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#9 posted 01-22-2009 01:13 AM

I bought the Bosch 2 1/4 Hp fixed/plunge router kit and am very pleased with it. My next choice would be a Porter Cable combo kit. I felt the plunge base was smoother on the Bosch. Go play with them and pick the one that feels best to you. Good luck on picking a router.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#10 posted 01-22-2009 01:25 AM

I actually used 3/8” plexi to mount the Triton 3-1/4HP router in my table top with no problems.

-- Ken, Tallahassee,FL

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#11 posted 01-22-2009 07:16 AM

I’ve got a big hitachi mounted in my router table, and a porter cable for hand work and love them both. the hitachi is strong and has been very reliable.

-- rob, ont,canada

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#12 posted 01-22-2009 02:02 PM

I got a Ridgid sp? plunge and fixed bases at HD, for $169 and have used it allot…haven’t had any problems yet, I also have the Bosch 1hp trim router…When I was in HD a week ago they had the Freud 2 1/4 hp fix/plunge kit for $99…I picked one up…haven’t used it yet….but I have tool buying issues :-) I thought for that price I would mount in a table…

-- Todd, Oak Ridge, TN, Hello my name is Todd and I'm a Toolholic, I bought my last tool 10 days, no 4 days, oh heck I bought a tool on the way here! †

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#13 posted 01-22-2009 04:50 PM

I have several routers but the little one (1 hp, 1/4 collet) Bosch Colt has made me a believer that bigger is not always better when fine control is needed. Now with that said the Freud 3 1/4 hp is one powerful beast! (has 1/2 and 1/4 collets)

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#14 posted 01-29-2009 08:42 PM

Just to confuse you more, I have the Milwaukee 1-3/4hp and 2-1/4hp kits. Love them to death.

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#15 posted 02-08-2009 03:51 PM

The router I use on my table is a Porter Cable. I also have a top of the line Craftsman. The adjustments are much more convenient on the Craftsman. I recently included a router review on my blog. Maybe it will help.

-- drbob at

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