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I need some opinions please. I'm new here, but not new to woodworking. My first router was a Sears fixed speed, and after nearly 35 yrs, I'm surprised it still runs. I have a newer Sears variable speed, but I didn't give much thought when I bought it, as it was still only a 1/4" collet. After discovering that my options were severely limited when I wanted to make some raised panel doors, I picked up a Milwaukee 5625. I realized that it was going to be heavy, but the price was too good to pass up.
I've done some template routing before, but I'm going to try some signs, and find that a fixed base router works, but is hard on templates. So I'm looking for a plunge router. I don't know how important the soft start and variable speed feature is. Did I mention that the Milwaukee is, well, nice? I can pick up a new Milwaukee 5615-24 kit for $120, a used Porter Cable kit with the 690 motor asking $100, or the Sears 17453 that people here seem to like for just over $100. I have numerous Craftsman tools, and feel that they are a good value for the money. Most of my tools are older, so maybe the quality has slipped over the years, I don't know.
Sorry for the long winded question, but how about some advice? Thanks
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Hi Frank

Get the most for your buck,,I would suggest the 17453,I'm a big fan of that one

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I need some opinions please. I'm new here, but not new to woodworking. My first router was a Sears fixed speed, and after nearly 35 yrs, I'm surprised it still runs. I have a newer Sears variable speed, but I didn't give much thought when I bought it, as it was still only a 1/4" collet. After discovering that my options were severely limited when I wanted to make some raised panel doors, I picked up a Milwaukee 5625. I realized that it was going to be heavy, but the price was too good to pass up.
I've done some template routing before, but I'm going to try some signs, and find that a fixed base router works, but is hard on templates. So I'm looking for a plunge router. I don't know how important the soft start and variable speed feature is. Did I mention that the Milwaukee is, well, nice? I can pick up a new Milwaukee 5615-24 kit for $120, a used Porter Cable kit with the 690 motor asking $100, or the Sears 17453 that people here seem to like for just over $100. I have numerous Craftsman tools, and feel that they are a good value for the money. Most of my tools are older, so maybe the quality has slipped over the years, I don't know.
Sorry for the long winded question, but how about some advice? Thanks



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BJ, don't you mean the 17543 dual base kit???

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BJ, don't you mean the 17543 dual base kit???
My fault. I typo'd the Craftsman number. So the soft start and variable speed is that important? A Milwaukee without those features is about the same price.
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BJ, don't you mean the 17543 dual base kit???

Can I hijack my own thread? BigJimAK, I see Alaska in your info. I was born in Seward, and moved to WI in 1957. I missed the big one. Closest I got to going back was Seattle while in the Navy. Brr!
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Right on the Combo kit

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So the consensus is, of the 3 I listed, the 17543 seems like the best deal? Does that alone make it the best choice? Anybody know who makes that particular router for Sears? Thanks again.
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If you like Craftsman take a look at this package

http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_12605_00928084000P

Got mine on sale for $179.00
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I was hoping that I'd get more opinions on my questions, but let me update my thoughts.
I'm getting ready to "take the plunge", pun intended! I like the Craftsman17543, on sale today for $110. It seems like a good value, but doesn't come with a hard carrying case. And I haven't been able to determine who makes it for them, but would be curious to know. Another choice is the Bosch 1617 EVSPK for about $200, and the Milwaukee 5616-24 also about $200.
I'm leaning towards the Milwaukee, but for no one particular reason. The ratings are the same as the Bosch, and they seem almost identical in features. I've read that the Milwaukee starts up quicker than others.
I've noticed that Milwaukee is not a very popular router on this forum, but don't know why that is. Any more opinions? Thanks
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