I am now pretty well set on a Hitachi as my first router. Just wanted to let you know, I've read a lot of reviews about it in the past 24 hours, and people who own it can't seem say enough good things about its quality. On Amazon, I compared the Hitachi reviews with the Freud reviews, and to be honest, Hitachi comes out ahead, and it's a lot less expensive than the Freud. Just thought I would share with you that I have been doing my homework as well, and can't seem to find anything that compares with the Hitachi. Most people claim its quality is as good as, and a couple even say it's better than a Porter Cable router, but for a lot less money. Hope this helps.