Ridgid R29302 vs DW616, DW618
I'm a complete newbie. I'm about to buy my first router.
The immediate need is for door hinges, face plates, and to build bee hives (box joints, routing of hive frames).
I'm looking for something in the 1 3/4 HP to 2 1/4 HP range. I won't be using it for any production runs, just for my own use.
In the future, I might get into making some furniture, maybe kitchen cabinets.
I have narrowed my search to Ridgid R29302 or DW616 or DW618. My question is which one would be a better for my needs, considering features, support, spare parts etc. Which one is more accurate, precise depth control?
I have held all three; Ridgid has a simple mechanism to remove the base, Dewalt has a more complicated mechanism. Ridgid is lighter I think and has lifetime warranty.
Ridgid is $199 (Home Depot), DeWalts are $259 and $289 (busybeetools.ca). All combo packs.
I'm leaning towards Ridgid but I don't want to rule out DeWalt. I have Dewalt saws, sanders, drills and I like them, just not sure about their routers.
Any bad/good experiences with the above routers?