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I am just starting playing around with woodworking and wanted to get my first router. My wife decided she wanted to buy one for me for my birthday but since she doesn't know anything about them asked me to pick out the one I wanted. I am looking in the $175-$250 range. I definitely want a plunge router, it is okay if it is a combo.

I have read a bunch of reviews and still not really sure what to do. I am interested in the following models:

Bosch 1617EVSPK

Dewalt DW621

Dewalt DW618PK

Porter-Cable 893PK

I don't really know the difference or which are better than others. Also, not sure if I am missing some better model. Would appreciate any recommendations and feedback.
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I am just starting playing around with woodworking and wanted to get my first router. My wife decided she wanted to buy one for me for my birthday but since she doesn't know anything about them asked me to pick out the one I wanted. I am looking in the $175-$250 range. I definitely want a plunge router, it is okay if it is a combo.

I have read a bunch of reviews and still not really sure what to do. I am interested in the following models:

Bosch 1617EVSPK

Dewalt DW621

Dewalt DW618PK

Porter-Cable 893PK

I don't really know the difference or which are better than others. Also, not sure if I am missing some better model. Would appreciate any recommendations and feedback.
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I don't think you can go far wrong with any of those choices. Each will have it's own fan club here so I'm sure you will get plenty of input. The Bosch is one of the more popular ones but, what turns me off on that one, it uses Bosch proprietary guide bushings. IOW, you will need to get Bosch guide bushings or buy an adapter or base plate to use the more widely available Porter Cable style bushings. Otherwise, I think they are all fine routers and I don't own any of them Guess nobody has come up with a good enough deal to tempt me .... yet.

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That's a good list but I will add one the Craftsman 2 1/4 HP Pro. kit..you want to get the most bang for your buck..(at 170.oo ) the Craftsman will come with 3 base kit with all the bells..unlike your list.

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I am just starting playing around with woodworking and wanted to get my first router. My wife decided she wanted to buy one for me for my birthday but since she doesn't know anything about them asked me to pick out the one I wanted. I am looking in the $175-$250 range. I definitely want a plunge router, it is okay if it is a combo.

I have read a bunch of reviews and still not really sure what to do. I am interested in the following models:

Bosch 1617EVSPK

Dewalt DW621

Dewalt DW618PK

Porter-Cable 893PK

I don't really know the difference or which are better than others. Also, not sure if I am missing some better model. Would appreciate any recommendations and feedback.


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I have a Porter Cable and also Ridgid palm router,The PC is very strong and also parts,accessories are very easy to find if I ever need to fix anything

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You may want to add one other router to your list to check out,

Makita RF1101KIT2 2-1/4 H.P.


Over at Amazon you can find the router kit at a reasonable price that is within your budget... I have used Makita products for over 30 years and still have a cordless drill that works. I just bought the big brother to the RF101 and I will buy the RF1101 as well. Makita has always made great product and are second to none in quality...
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If possible, I'd suggest going to a store that stocks a wide variety of routers, and actually handle some of the candidates on your list. Depending on how you intend to use the (first) router, ergonomics and weight may point you in one direction or another. All of the major brands produce good products. The differences are mostly in the "fine print" of design - little features that may be difficult to appreciate until you've had experience with them.

Note, too, that I said "first". Buying routers seems to be habit-forming. Most of us have ended up with several, since some are better suited to particular tasks than others.

Most hand-held operations can be done with a 1 3/4HP model, or smaller, depending on the type of work being done. Larger, heavier, more-powerful routers are often used in tables, although smaller routers can be table-mounted, as well. Again, the best choice depends on what you want to do with it.

As an example, I use PC 690-series routers for most hand-held work, but have a PC 7518 (in a lift) in my router table. But, I also have smaller units for more delicate work, such as inlay.

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Hmm, guess I have more researching to do, was hoping to narrow down my list. Now it's longer than before. At least now I know none of them are terrible choices.
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Just my 2 cents ,it's a waste of time to go to the store and put your hands on them ,now if they would let you fire them up Well yes but they don't just get the one you like ,I'm sure it will not be your only one, can't have to many

Most will let you return it if you don't like it.

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N/a, all your choices are good ones and you would be happy with any of them. As BJ mentioned the Craftsman kit is the bargain leader and the Bosch 1617 combo kit is my personal choice. The only way to know which is right for you is to operate the controls in your own hands to see which feels best to you. Most stores will not give you the opportunity to test drive the routers but you can at least test the depth adjustments and see if you like the controls.

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