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Default Buying Help - BnD 900 vs Bosch 1200 vs Skil 1840

Hello and good morning,

I am new here and to routing so I want to ask for some help in choosing between these 3 routers or something else in the same price range.

I thank you in advance

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If you are in the USA look here for routers and other things. Great company and I have bought a lot of tools from them.

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Do yourself a huge favor and get the Bosch
Saving some money now just may cost you more down the road....

We constantly get new members who come here looking for parts for their Sears routers because Sears, Ereplacementparts and others don't have them... Collets in particular seem to a problem down the road and there seems to be no crossover... Yur stuck in a rut... The fact that Sears has 2nd party handling of their tools makes support and repairs even more uncertain...
I trust you are aware that Sears recently sold it's tool line to the B&D group so nobody knows what's going to happen... If it goes true to form, this isn't good...

You can add PC to list of tools w/ issues... PC was bought out by the group that owns B&D (Black & Decker) and their quality has slipped – I feel, quite a bit as in a lot...
Many of us were PC fans at one time, including me, but since the buy out many stay away from them these days... Hard lessons learned...

DeWalt (B&D group) are good tools, for the Hobbyist, but CS can suck at times and after a few years repair parts tend to be problem too.. All of my and my employees' DeWalt tools have long since gone to the scrap yard for the lack of support/parts...
Do you see a trend here w/ what's offered by the B&D group... Planned obsolescence...

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Overall, Bosch is the only one that scores high on all categories and is as close as a phone call and your mail box...
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Bosch 1617 EVSPK kit, about $200-$220, is my recommendation for a first router. You can even get a key to allow you to do height adjustment above the table. I have two for freehand use because I eventually took it out of the table and put in a Triton TRA001. The Triton is +1hp and has a built in lift, but it is just too top heavy for my old hands and arms to handle. But the Bosch are very easy to handle.

The DeWalt is very low slung and nice to handle freehand, but its height adjustment just looked and felt a little light weight for a tool that takes such a beating in use. We have a DeWalt service station where I live, but they also service Bosch. I just haven't had to take any Bosch tool in for repairs.

Stick's comments and recommendations are consistent with my experience, particularly with B&D products, which also include Delta, a fine old brand that has been exploited horribly by B&D.

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Welcome aboard. I have two of the Bosch 1617EVSPK kits. No complaints.
The fixed base works well when mounted under the router table. The plunge base works well for hand held operations. Changing the motor from one base to another is an easy task.

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Welcome Tiago

Since you are a new member, you may not recognize the people who initially responded to your question. They have a wealth of experience with routers and helping newcomers. I gather from your post you are looking for a lower priced plunge router. The model they suggest may be above your price range, but listen to their advice. You will do better to spend a little more for a router that will serve you for many years than to get one that breaks in a few years -- and then you discover you can't get replacement parts. Of the 3 you list, the Bosch is probably better built and will do a better job. I don't know much about the model you refer to and it's power, available collet sizes, dust collection, edge guide, etc., but if they are in the same general area, the Bosch is less likely to disappoint you now and in the years ahead.
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Welcome Tiago and I would point out to you that it can be very important for you to fill out your personal profile. The reason for this is that the routers you have suggested are not available in North America where the majority of our members are. North America has a different electrical supply system than the rest of the world. The models we would suggest for here will not work on a 230 volt single leg 50 cycle electrical supply which is the standard almost everywhere else. However, generally the Bosch should be a much better choice than the other two. Skil and Black and Decker are both lower end brands.

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Hello!
Bosch makes fairly good routers, many accessories, and after sales exist.
Just one thing the bosch1200 has only 6mm capacity ,for a better usability, i would suggest to choose Bosch 1400
that has 8mm capacity that gives access to cutters that are quite bigger than those made inr 6mm
Here in Europe we got Bosh green for DIY and BOSH blue for professional use; blue is better, but green is fairly good.

Crap is too expensive for me, changed my mind and prefer buy less but with better durability.

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I have not liked Bosch blue router bits, go for the Freud ,you wont be disappointed.
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I have not liked Bosch blue router bits, go for the Freud ,you wont be disappointed.
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