Routers with badge labels

Following an earlier post asking about slot cutting I have been looking at Routers. From the pictures available it looks as if several makes are identical to each other and 'badge engineered' as BMC used to do for cars: e.g. some Ryobi routers look just the same as B&Q Performance Power Pro ones, and Axminster's own brand appear very similar to Screwfix's Erbauer. The Ryobi Router + Table offering from several sources looks attractive but not if the bearings or motor are poor quality.
Are there any makes where you will genuinely get a better build quality for a little more money in the sub-100 range ? -- Any help TIA Please reply to Newsgroup scrambled address
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Certainly not in 1/2". Reasonableness starts at 150-170. The slide mechanisms and bearings are too poor on the sub 100 class of machine for them to be useful.
In 1/4" you are getting closer to having something reasonable in the private labelled products. However, for about 110 you could get a Makita 3620 or for 140 for a Trend T5, which are much better built machines and you can get the spare parts when required.
A router is one tool where the poor quality of components and tolerances of the cheap models renders them useless. It would be better to invest in a decent router and to compromise elsewhere if budget is an issue.
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Thanks, I was beginning to suspect that was the case. I just looked at the Ryobi 1150+Table and was not too impressed. And some other 'own-brand' products with peeling depth labels and wobbly plunger mechanisms seem even worse.
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