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I know everyone hates this, especially from a first post, but here it goes..
My father in law wants a router, and budget is an issue. He primarily wants it for picture frames and a few other odd jobs. It will end up being swapped from table to hand held. He is over 70, so an above the table adjustment would be good to keep him from straining his back. So with that in mind, what would everyone recommend?

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I would recommend the Bosch 1617 combo kit. The fixed base does allow for above the table height adjustment, and can be easily moved into the plunge base for handheld work.
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Hi Justin

I would suggest the one below and send off for the 3 videos below to give him a head start..they are that good..and at the right price..I can't tell you how many times I watch them and I pickup something new every time I have view them, Bob R. and Rick R. are great teachers and will show him many ways to use the router the easy and safe way..

The one I like best is the magic box it's made so simple and it works all the time..as you can see I'm a big fan of the RWS and so will you be..

But I disagree with Bob R. about the size of the router (300.oo) when a lower price router will do a good job.

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I know everyone hates this, especially from a first post, but here it goes..
My father in law wants a router, and budget is an issue. He primarily wants it for picture frames and a few other odd jobs. It will end up being swapped from table to hand held. He is over 70, so an above the table adjustment would be good to keep him from straining his back. So with that in mind, what would everyone recommend?

Thanks in advance,
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Bj - I don't see where that sears router will adjust table top? I'm pretty sure one (or more) of the Craftsman routers will but it doesn't seem to be advertised and I'm not close enough to a real Sears to look for myself. We have a catalog distributor about 30 miles down the road but they take a dim view of me unpackaging stuff for 'em

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Hi John

" I don't see where that sears router will adjust table top? "

It will ,look real hard at the black top router you will see a black rod coming off the motor base(gear box) , it's a Allen full thread cap screw so to speak, it just takes a hole in the mounting plate to get to the Allen with a hex Tee-Handle or Allen Hex key, I don't know why they don't say anything about it on the web , but it's a big selling point I think..just like the red top routers.

Just a note ,the hole in the Vac.tube I put in. so I can use it in the table and suck up the dust with the Vac.hose.

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Bj - I don't see where that sears router will adjust table top? I'm pretty sure one (or more) of the Craftsman routers will but it doesn't seem to be advertised and I'm not close enough to a real Sears to look for myself. We have a catalog distributor about 30 miles down the road but they take a dim view of me unpackaging stuff for 'em


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Ok, thanks Bob, not evident on the web pics at the Sears site. I was looking at the Ridgid plunge/fixed kit at HD last week and it has a similar setup. Looks like that one would take a 1/4" or 6 mm hex socket to adjust from above table.

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When looking around at reviews of that Craftsman, I saw some people mentioning problems with the height adjustment. That was from a few years ago, so does anyone know if that's fixed on newer models?
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Ok, thanks Bob, not evident on the web pics at the Sears site. I was looking at the Ridgid plunge/fixed kit at HD last week and it has a similar setup. Looks like that one would take a 1/4" or 6 mm hex socket to adjust from above table.
I got the Ridgid combo a week or so ago. The above table adjusting tool is part of the package. Yes, I too was surprised.
Was after $15 discount, with tax $120.00.

Got the C/man combo some years ago, was $79 or $99 back then. It is a good set, and as said adjustable from above.
HTH.

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bosch 1617 combo kit, more than enough hp and big enough for his hand or he can go with something a little smaller the porter cable 690
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My better half bought me a Bosch 1617evspk and Bosch router table for Christmas, and I love them. Plenty of power and as mentioned before, it has above table height adjustment.
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