I am a sunday woodworker and own an OK set of tools (according to my
standard/useage at least).
I want to buy a new router (my $5 ebay one having given the genie out) and I
was looking at the Ryobi RE1803BK and the porter cable 694VK.
the Ryoby is cheaper ($150), 2HP, comes with a plunge base, a d handle base
and a fixed base (will be used to create a table).
the porter cable is smaler in size more expensive (200), 1.75 HP and comes
with the fixed and plunge base too.
What do you think is the best? is it worth the price difference?
Honest assessment. I bought a cheap router. It did the job for me.
But a Porter Cable with fixed and plunge base, runs $350 in my part of
the world. The Ryobi is $150.
If I could have bought a PC for $200 I would have bought it. PC is
quality. Pay the little extra and buy a router with a good name,
which you can get support and accessories for.
For example. Higher end routers usually have micro height adjustment.
One PC router that I looked at could be dialed in to 1/128th of an
inch. The ryobi and other less expensive routers won't have that
A guide fence with a micro adjustment feature would be nice too. You
can get them for the higher end routers. It won't fit mine and I
doubt you will find one for the Ryobi - but I could be wrong.
To put it simply. The extra $50 will pay off in the end.
Just my opinion..
On Tue, 30 Nov 2004 21:51:04 GMT, "cyrille de brébisson"
I have had some Ryobi tools that were pretty good, especially my old
12-5/16" surface planer. However, I was helping my daughter Christmas shop
for a router for her husband last year and Ryobi was on her list. I am not
sure of the model but two of the machines in the store had the worst depth
lock I have seen. I could set it and easily change the depth by 1/16" with
fairly moderate hand pressure. This is a built-in frustration feature not
to mention expensive in terms of ruined hardwood.
Spend $60 to $100 more and get a Bosch, Porter Cable or Dewalt. When you
consider the cost of Oak or Walnut it is a pretty low premium for quality.
I had a Ryobi that I hassled with for about 1 year. Nothing but bad
results and hard getting those.
I bought a new Milwaukee and brother is it great. Buy the PC or another
name brand and let Ryobi keep theirs. You will not regret it.
i just got a pc router at the local rockler store. dual base. 250 on sale
for 200. with the $25 mailin rebate last month, it came to 175 total. i
think even the borg had it on sale recently for 200.
cave creek, az
I'm all new at this but here's my 2 cents. Last fall I purchased the Ryobi
RE1800PL which I thought worked well, but then again being my first router I
don't know what "good" is. Well this past fall I was getting into my shop
again I found my Ryobi took for ever to startup to speed and made vibration
when used. Kinda always vibrated anyways and just figured it was economy
bits I was using. Now this thing only has a few hours of work time on it so
since warranty expired I stepped up to the PC 893PK. I couldn't believe the
difference between the two. Like going from a Geo to a Porsche! Got mine at
Lowes for 249 - 10% for matching HD coupon.
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