More than a quarter century ago I bought a 3 1/2 HP Bosch 1611 router when I
was making new cabinets for our condo prior to selling it. It did a good
It has continued to do a good job during the intervening years, mostly in my
router table but hand held as well. However, there have been lots of
changes and improvements over the years and I decided to get a new router
for my remaining years.
I really liked the Bosch so I naturally considered their newest and
greatest; the others were a Makita and Triton. I bought the Triton. Not
the 3+ HP one, the 2 1/4 HP, more than sufficient for any of my needs.
I don't intend to give a review but some of the things that influenced my
decision in no particular order...
1. generally well thought out and ergonomic
2. in the table bit changes
3. automatically locking spindle for bit changes
4. self releasing collet...no more tapping the nut with a wrench to get it
5. fail safe switch, can't be turned on when changing bits
6. rack & pinion as well as push/pull
7. micro adjustment either above or below table (no need to buy anything
8. easy on/off edge guide...2 spring loaded carriage bolts in the base,
loosen the wing nuts, push bolts put a bit, put steel edge guide keyholes
over bolt heads, slide, tighten wing nuts. The edge guide is very solid,
could easily be used as the plate for the router table. I didn't, would
have had to make a new top but I did attach my old plate via the carriage
In brief, I really like the router. If you are considering a new one, check