Trend T11 EK
I'm not sure if Trend are very well known in the US, but here in the UK they are a respected brand with an extensive range of Routers, Cutters, Spindle tooling, Jigs and accessories.
It's basically and ELU, DeWalt clone.
I bought my router over two and a half years ago and so far (Touch Wood) there have been no problems.
The machine has all the usual bells and whistles you'd expect of a top of the range model, 2000W, Variable speed control, Electronic Torque stabiliser, soft start etc. But my main reason for selecting this model was the ability to adjust it's cutter height from the router base, (for table mounted use).
I have been very pleased with the quality, reliability and performance of this machine, nothing seems to phase it no matter how delicate or heavy the task.
The Power switch stays latched on, and located in the Right handle sprue for convenient safe operation (No need to take your hands off the router to switch off or on).
Accessories supplied with the router are limited, you get an nice moulded carry case, Guide bars and fence with micro-adjuster and a router lift fine adjust handle, dust collection attachment and a 35mm guide bushing.
The T11 EK 240V version, (T11 ELK 115V version) has ample power in reserve, it is very difficult to get this machine anywhere near it's stalling torque, and thanks to the Torque Stabiliser, on-load speed stays remarkably constant whatever the operation or material used.
As with any high power input machine care must be taken to allow sufficient cooling air at all times, so ensure an extract facility is provided in an enclosed under bench dust cabinet, just a few minutes use at high loads will rapidly cause the router to get very hot.
Plunge depth is also another major feature, 0-80mm, especially useful for table mounted use.
My only criticism of the machine is that for table mounted use, the height adjustment is very slow, but this was easily overcome by using a speedbrace.
All in all this is an outstanding workhorse router and is well worth every penny.