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Old 03-01-2009, 10:29 AM   #1
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Looking to buy a router for some around the house projects. I'd like to build a few small furniture pieces and didn't know of any suggestions you might have. I've considered this one : http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_1...inate+Trimmers

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Old 03-01-2009, 09:46 PM   #2
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I got this one for about $89 at Lowe's a year ago. I love it. Only thing is that it does not have "soft start"... and that is a nice feature to have on any power tool.

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Personally I'd suggest a Porter Cable or Bosch kit with plunge and fixed bases. Much better product that the Craftsman.
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For $99, it might be a good learner router and then it can transition into a loaner.
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Old 03-01-2009, 11:19 PM   #5
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I have a Porter Cable 7539 that would be the cat's whiskers for you... but it runs about $350.
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Porter/Cable 690LR Heavy Duty (6902 motor)

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Porter/Cable 690LR Heavy Duty (6902 motor)

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This one is a good all around basic unit., With the cheaper ones you are better off not doing any routing, since everything you try will come out poorly.
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For $99, it might be a good learner router and then it can transition into a loaner.
a learner to a loaner.... hmmmmm

wouldn't work for me, i hate loaning my tools to ANYone, EVER!
they always come back dirty, broken or don't come home at all......

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With the cheaper ones you are better off not doing any routing, since everything you try will come out poorly.
agreed
i used a crappy one once.... never again.

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oh yeah, and unless you are routing BALSA wood, i'd avoid any cheap, generic bits. they'll be trash after the first pass.

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Here is a web site you mite want to check out. http://www.reconditionedsales.com/
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I've got a Bosch 1617. I've used quite a few routers over the years, this one is the best so far. It has the chuck inserts for 1/4" and 1/2", and I bought a plunge base for it.

It doesn't have soft-start, but it doesn't matter to me. Just another electronic thing that can fail.

I also have the 220 volt version. That one will keep its speed up even at the end of a VERY long cord!

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Old 03-04-2009, 07:18 AM   #13
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Check this site, it will tell you what you need to know
For full size
http://www.toolsofthetrade.net/indus...ticleID=501244
on pg 5 it tell all features and list prices

For trim routers
http://www.toolsofthetrade.net/indus...ticleID=501434
pg 4 for these...


BTW I have both sizes, each has an advantage
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Old 03-04-2009, 07:26 AM   #14
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You'll love this, I just recently picked up this set-up at HD, they are not carrying this any more...
Reg $299
I paid $99 brand new, not a return

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Old 03-04-2009, 08:20 AM   #15
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I've owned and operated just about every router out there and I have to say the new Bosch 2 horse or more routers are amazing. Very smooth, soft start, quiet, well built, and they operate beautifully. Not crazy about getting a smaller router like a 1 3/4 horse unless you're going to be doing small operations with it. They don't seem to hold up for me. Porter Cable is not what it used to be. They were known for making great tools but lately I have been disappointed. Go with the Bosch and you won't be disappointed.

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