I almost just went out and bought one until I found out that cheaper isn't necessarily something that you can live with. Example... there was a Craftsman w/ 2hp and a sep. plunge base for $99.00 making it seem like
the deal of the century until you got a grasp of how "fat" and ungainly it was. What's more the viewing of the bit was opstructed and it became clear that this would NOT be a router I could live with. I'm new at this but it was obvious after just a couple of minutes with this unit that down the road I'd be wishing I hadn't bought it.
After doing as much research as I can I'm really leaning toward the Porter-Cable 892. Not only can this router be either fixed or plunge based , but it can go over or under the table. A bit more than the Craftsman , DeWalt, and Milwaukee I looked at but it just seems that this might be the one I can grow with.
Anyone have any suggestions?