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Forum topic by gdpolk posted 05-12-2015 06:51 PM 925 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-12-2015 06:51 PM

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For making furniture and cabinets what router would your choose at about $200? I’ll be working mostly with oak but may occasionally venture into other hardwoods. I’d be using this to make moulding and trim pieces, edge table tops, etc. This will be for the home shop and hobby use. I’m looking for a good quality tool that will last and will turn out good results. The two main ones that I can find locally are in the links below:

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#1 posted 05-12-2015 06:55 PM

Those are both good choices, you really can’t go wrong w/ either one.

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#2 posted 05-12-2015 07:26 PM

Both are good. These two have been debates a lot before. Recommend you search the forums for some of the older threads to hear arguments for each.

A synopsis of what I got when I asked the same question
  • Go in the store and play with them both
  • Can’t go wrong with either
  • Feel the handles and decide which one you prefer
  • Dewalt fixed base has a lower profile
  • Bosch fixed base has above table adjustment. Dewalt does not.

Fathers day sales are coming soon. I went with the Dewalt because of the price after the sale. I have been very happy with it.

-- paxorion

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#3 posted 05-12-2015 08:21 PM

If you plan to use in a router table, the Bosch gets the nod – bit height can be adjusted from the top of the table using the fixed base. Consider what accessories you may want and compare – edge guides, chip shields/dust collection, etc. You may read complaints about the Bosch and template guides – use the Bosch accessories for the standard screw together guides and no big deal.

Other than the router table part, list out what you want and price it out – the cheaper one gets the nod.

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#4 posted 05-12-2015 08:24 PM

I have both, and I prefer the Dewalt 618. It will do everything from simple milling tasks, to accurate dovetailing and inlays. There are other routers that will do those things too, but the Dewalt just feels better in my hands.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#5 posted 05-12-2015 09:16 PM

Bosch is considered the best made in your price range in the router forums. No question.

-- Brad, Texas,

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#6 posted 05-12-2015 10:09 PM

I have the dw618 and like it very much, no negatives. I only use this router for table routing, it is in a Jessem lift for height adjustment. I have never used it for hand routing so I can not comment on it in that respect.

I have not used the Bosch but I can’t recall ever reading negative things about it.

I agree with the above comments, either tool is going to be a good choice.

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#7 posted 05-12-2015 10:18 PM

I went with Milwaukee 5616 and have been pretty happy with it.

-- Joel, Encinitas, CA

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#8 posted 05-12-2015 10:22 PM

Might want to add the Makita RF1101 to the mix… it’s been getting rave reviews from what I’ve seen.


-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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#9 posted 05-13-2015 01:15 AM

One of the things i favor in the 1617 over many others is that the fixed base is what gets used in the table instead of the plunge base. As mentioned, the fixed base can be adjusted from above the table, though you do have to reach below to lock/unlock. A plunge base can be used in the same way as a fixed base, but not the other way around. So…in the 1617’s design the plunge base is always available for hand-held routing and i keep a fixed base mounted in the table. Adds a little flexibility. And, like Willie mentioned of his Dewalt—the Bosch feels good in my hands.


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#10 posted 05-13-2015 01:25 AM

You may want to go the “throw away” disposable route.

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