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Old 03-13-2012, 08:10 PM   #16
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Routers are fun. You'll end up with more than one, and still want another. I own one Sawzall, one circular saw, one belt sander, one....etc. But I own 4 routers. And want another.

The Bosch combo kit has consistently gotten good reviews. Porter Cable has been the standard for years. DeWalt makes a few innovative models. I have always admired the Milwaukee with the body grip.

For bits, check out MLCS.

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Yes it is! Both have em! My Bosch 1617 and my brother's craftsman 1617 clone!
That is the one I was talking about,I almost **** when I seen the difference in price between them.
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where did you hear this ... they dont make models specifically for anyone but bosch their routers are in the top 3 routers that are available.

and fine woodworking
I found a llink in fine woodworking that you should look at,http://www.finewoodworking.com/ToolG....aspx?id=28383
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clearly states "near identical". nothing about being made by bosch for them.. t
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clearly states "near identical". nothing about being made by bosch for them.. t
Trust me it's made by them,when Chuck ordered the parts for it at Hartville Hardware the guy pulled the numbers right from Boschs book.
That is how I found out about this,BTW Hartville hardware sells nation wide and are really reasonable,nice thing about them are the have people that know what they are doing,(no pun intended )
As far as routers go there is no doubt they make great stuff.
As for OP If you are serious about tools don't get sucked into buy the $89.00 wonder,you should be able to get a nice one for around $125 to $150. try to get one that does 1/4" and 1/2" bits but once you try the 1/2" bits you won't go back.
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I am looking into getting a router and I need suggestions and input on what to look for. I consider myself an amateur wood worker and I don't need something that erl break the bank. any help is appreciated

I'd stick with the 1/4" router...at least for now. The 1/2" bits can get pricey and to use the larger bits you need a more powerful router. I actually have a small Bosch router that I keep on a router table for most projects. Sharp bits and a steady hand easily compensate for a smaller more manageable tool.
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I'd stick with the 1/4" router...at least for now. The 1/2" bits can get pricey and to use the larger bits you need a more powerful router. I actually have a small Bosch router that I keep on a router table for most projects. Sharp bits and a steady hand easily compensate for a smaller more manageable tool.

yes but if your putting a large round over or cove profile or routing a 3/4 " dado with a 1/4" bit you will burn up the bit much much faster and if its a peice of hardwood the wood will burn as well. 1/4 bits in trim routers are good for door hinge mortising and small profiles,
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yes but if your putting a large round over or cove profile or routing a 3/4 " dado with a 1/4" bit you will burn up the bit much much faster and if its a peice of hardwood the wood will burn as well. 1/4 bits in trim routers are good for door hinge mortising and small profiles,
True, but you can make several passetos gradually increasing the depth to
reduce the strain! That being said I love my beastie Milwaukee 5625 fixed base 15 amp router in a Benchdog table!
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lol who wants to make multiple passes.. unless youve got a ton of time to kill before the football season starts again

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