The Skil 18xx series is relatively new on the market, so there's not a
lot of 'history' to go by for that specific equipment.
I"ve got the 1825, which is essentially the same unit, packaged with both the
fixed and plunge bases.
It's only seen relatively light use so far -- and I don't use big bits -- but,
to date, I'm quite happy with it. The soft-start, and variable speed are
I found the height adjust on the plunge base to be _very_ *counter-intuitive*,
but once I got it doped out, it seems to work pretty well.
I *would* expect the higher-priced big-name 'professional' brands to hold up
better under _heavy_ use. At 2 to 3 times the money, however, they damn-well
To my (admittedly _unexperienced_, as far as routers go) eye, the Skil
looked like the best 'bang for the buck', _within_the_limitations_ of
what I would likely be doing.
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