Glad to have found the forum. After going bug eyed reading review after review on several products until absolutely lost I threw in best 3 1/4 hp router and found the forum
I am a self employed contractor, have been for the last 12 years, I guess i have a bit of an authority problem
I do everything from the foundation to the roof, but have always preferred finish work. Recently i have grown very tired of completing mediocre projects that fit ppls budgets and dealing with service all together. I personally feel products are where its at these days and come with less headaches. I recently agreed to build a custom headboard for a long time returning client. They wanted a replica for a Thomasville panel king headboard just oversized. In doing this project i believe i have touched on something that is truly satisfying to the soul and would love to possibly get into using my love for woodworking and creativity to produce some furniture pieces i could throw into a few stores and see what happens.
So without writing a novel about the details working through this project quickly led me to the need for a router with a 1/2" collet to accept bits for raised panels.(which i am also going to need advice on) Cost currently a big concern as funds are low with number of things im looking to get to finish this out right.
I had seen a hitachi 2 1/4 hp router at lowes without the plunge attachment for like $89.00. I have used a buddys hitachi batt. drill and it seemed to work well even compared to my hilti. I have a couple of hitachi finish guns and am pleased with them.
After reading reviews on Amazon it seemed like it may be a pretty decent router but led me to the MV12V2 3 1/4 hp. It seems this one lacks the durability of its previous model but there are ways around it. Ive looked at the bosch 2 1/4 hp a bit more costly with nearly the same specs as the comparable hitachi and i do own a bosch laminate trimmer that has performed very well.
So the question is which is the best router around 200.00 or less that will handle raised panel bits or at least the most dependable with the fewest drawbacks. I am obviously putting it into a table but I can see it would be nice if it worked well as a hand held.
at minimum i just need to get though this project. if needed i can get a more expensive router down the line that can provide me with years of dependable service. I also need to know when it comes to panel bits which is the cheapest I can buy that will get me through a few panels nicely without chip out problems etc.
I hope I have not bored all of you or written far to much but I do really appreciate any input you all might be able to offer.