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I'm considering buying a router and I've just found this forum which looks incredibly useful. First thing is identifying some criteria for selecting a reasonably inexpensive router; it looks like I should be able to find some good info here before I part with cash.

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I found that buying and using a router expanded my skills and design ability. Jigs speed up repeatability. If I have to make more than 3 similar parts, I now make a template. There are plenty of good routers available in the U.K. I have had some of mine for over 25 years. A router table is pretty useful. You can only do things with the correct bits. I would recommend both Trend and Titman in this country for bits that will remain sharp and true for a while. Accidents can happen, but they do so with more regularity when using cheap tools. Bosch and Dewalt make some good routers, there are plenty of quality Japanese ones. The only cheap models I can recommend are from Aldi. Enjoy and learn. Watch the Router Workshop guys videos on this site, They make lots with great ease and minimal tooling.
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Hello all,

I'm considering buying a router and I've just found this forum which looks incredibly useful. First thing is identifying some criteria for selecting a reasonably inexpensive router; it looks like I should be able to find some good info here before I part with cash.

Thanks and regards,
Paul (UK)
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Many thanks to you both for the advice. Cash is limited (max 150) so I'm going to have to make some compromises (and allow for bits). The choice is:
(a) Bosch 1/4 inch (95)
(b) Ryobi 1/4 inch plus table (130)
(c) Ryobi 1/2 inch (110)
All have micro adjustment, speed control, soft start.
I'm veering towards the Ryobi 1/2 inch on the basis that, although it won't get heavy use, if I can't afford a lightweight and a heavyweight then heavy is the best option. The Ryobi 1/2 also has two parallel fences (one either side) which has an appeal. As a mid price make, the Ryobi has generally good reviews on ScrewFix.com but one or two negative comments re accuracy.
My initial reason to purchas is to make some panel doors (after a little practice!).
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