Hi all, I'm looking to purchase a new router. I've had several
Craftsman models that have all given out, and I'd like to get something
really good. So, I'm looking for recomendations.
- I want something that can be used freehand or mouted in a table. I am
planning to eventually get a big 3+hp model to leave in the table, but
till then this one will serve double duty.
- I'm thinking that a combo kit with multiple bases is the way to go
- I'd like variable speed/soft start.
- I've looked at the Bosch 1617evs kit, and I really like it, but I
don't like the fact that it doesn't use standard PC type template
guides. Also, I've read _a lot_ of complaints about the switch packing
Other models I'm considering are: Dewalt 618, PC 690 and the Hitachi
So, what do you guys think?
Same here, I have (2).
I also have (2) Bosch 1617EVS, that have not had a switch problem, but
have had corrosion on the magnesium bodies. The templet issue is a
no-brainer with an $8 Bosch adaptor.
EVS is necessary in the table, but I rarely use it in handheld use.
This is the right time to look for one. Keep googling and you should
be able to pick up a PC 690 VS with all 3 bases for less than $200 (may
involve a rebate). They almost always run holiday specials on these.
I bought the PC 693VS for the compatability reason you brought up and
have no complaints.
I've been very happy with my Dewalt 618 - I generally leave the fixed
base in my table, and use the plunge base (or a laminate trimmer) for
handheld jobs. Stable, powerful, good dust collection with plunge
base, no complaints.
a few recommendations:
1. check out patwarner.com for LOTS of router info, accessories, and
2. look in the archives here (groups.google.com, find the wRECk, use
"Search This Group" - there have been several threads recently on this
3. look around for deals on reconditioned machines - amazon,
4. get decent bits - I'd recommend mlcswoodworking at the very least
(decent quality, good price), or infinitytool.com for better quality
still at a good price. Both these companies have excellent customer
Hope this helps,
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