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Hello everyone,

My name is David and Iím looking for my first router (well sort off!). I have a Porter Cable laminate trimmer that Iíve been exploiting for the past few months. It surprisingly works well on plywood however or years Iíve been wanting a plunge/fixed router.

I plan on using the router for furniture, art, electric guitars, and also planing with a homemade jig. Just the other day I almost bought the Bosch fixed/plunge but was disappointed with the price after learning that my coupon wouldnít work. Maybe it was a good thing because I wasnít involved with this forum yet?

Anyway, I curious to learn as to what you experience wood works recommend as a first router for person with my credentials. The fixed/plunge style make a lot of sense to me but Iím not sure which brand to by. I also think 2.25 hp would be ample for me but maybe I could go less?

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HI David

The smaller router are neat but they have a real down fall, 1/4" shank bits only the norm the bigger 2 1/4 HP can take on the 1/2" shank bits and that's real plus..

But if you want to stick with the smaller router 1 1/4HP take a hard look at the T4 plunge router.
http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_1...u=00982727000P
http://woodworker.com/t4-11hp-plunge...tm_medium=feed

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Hello everyone,

My name is David and I’m looking for my first router (well sort off!). I have a Porter Cable laminate trimmer that I’ve been exploiting for the past few months. It surprisingly works well on plywood however or years I’ve been wanting a plunge/fixed router.

I plan on using the router for furniture, art, electric guitars, and also planing with a homemade jig. Just the other day I almost bought the Bosch fixed/plunge but was disappointed with the price after learning that my coupon wouldn’t work. Maybe it was a good thing because I wasn’t involved with this forum yet?

Anyway, I curious to learn as to what you experience wood works recommend as a first router for person with my credentials. The fixed/plunge style make a lot of sense to me but I’m not sure which brand to by. I also think 2.25 hp would be ample for me but maybe I could go less?

Thanks,
David



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The Craftsman 17543 at $7x would be a great starting point, but if you can spend about double the 28084 offers so much more. The first was my first, and I just bought the latter. Enjoy both, I think these offer the best value in routing, but that's just me.

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Thanks man,

Yeah I was looking at the 17543 due to the price. Pretty good reviews too but some complained about the depth adjustment. Did you find that a problem, or find a solution for it?
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Hi David

For me no problems from the depth adjustment

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Thanks man,

Yeah I was looking at the 17543 due to the price. Pretty good reviews too but some complained about the depth adjustment. Did you find that a problem, or find a solution for it?



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I own two of the Bosch routers you looked at. Well worth the money.
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