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TaskBoy 07-01-2008 07:27 PM

I need a router...
I'll be flush-cutting 1/2 MDF on a mantel as well as 10 mil maple veneer at a later stage on the same project. I'm sure I'll find other uses for it down the road, too. What brands/models do you folks like? Thanks.

Quattro 07-01-2008 08:23 PM

I really like my Milwaukee fixed base. Forgot the model number. It's heavy duty, easy to adjust, and has a nice feel to it (has a hand strap).

Good luck!

Hacksaw 07-02-2008 12:52 AM

Bosch 1617EVS kit is your best bet for both quality and value. The kit comes with both a fixed base and a plunge base, 1/4" and 1/2" collets, and a really nice case. See this month's Wood magazine for reviews of this and several other kits. The Bosch won their head to head test hands down. You should be able to pick one up for around $200 or so. Highly recommended.

inspectorD 07-02-2008 05:16 AM

I like my Porter Cable D- handled router. It has a trigger which is easier than most.;)

spaz2965 10-24-2008 06:05 PM

Porter cable is a nice router

Outbacker 10-27-2008 05:30 PM

I have been using a Porter Cable router for years and I have never had a problem with it. It is fairly light weight and I have found that changing bits is easy.

Kerrylib 10-31-2008 01:37 PM

I've got the Bosch. Love it, has variable speed (good for big bits, or if doing plastic work so you don't melt your work), soft start (doesn't torque in your hand so badly on startup), quiet (this is a relative term, after all it is a router).

I've only got the fixed base, wish I had the plunge base as well, but have lived without it so far.

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