Hi. I am new to this forum. I am fairly new to wood working. I have owned a Craftsman router for about 10 years but have never really done too much with it until recently. I just made a router table for my first 'big' woodworking project and now I need a more powerful router for it. The router I have just seems to struggle with whatever I throw at it. I tried dovetails and it won't cut cleanly through at full depth of the dovetail bit. Really annoying.
There are several things that just have frustrated me to no end with my current Craftsman so I ruled out Craftsman from the start.
My requirements are:
Plunge and fixed base
Able to be mounted in a table
Adjustable from above the table
Power: minimum 2.25 HP (I don't want it to struggle like my current one 1.5 hp)
1/2 and 1/4 inch bits accepted
Ability to do raised panels (With vertical panel bit is fine)
Fits standard aftermarket router acessories (Current one does not. Had to drill new holes in the Milescraft base plate.)
Quieter than my current one
Here are the models I am looking at:
1. Bosch 1617EVSPK
2. Porter Cable 895pk
3. Triton 2.25 HP router
4. ...and I hate to admit it but the Craftsman Pro 28084
I have done a lot of searching and reading but I have not found any recent (2010-2011) reviews of these routers. The older reveiws might not take into consideration what is newer on the market now. If anyone has any links to anything newer please let me know.
Now as for the Craftsman.... I really do not want to like it but the kit looks so nice. It comes with three bases (plunge, fixed, and D-Handle), looks to include dust collection, above table adjustment, and is 2.25 hp. And the price is phenominal. $150 on sale.
I just have such doubts about Craftsman now. The price is so good with what bang you get for the buck it is so hard to ignore. Can someone talk me out of it? Please?
I am worried that Craftsman overstates the power of their tools. I am worried that I would get it and it won't be powerful enough and will not work with after market accessories like my old one.
Are there any recent reviews of this router compared to other routers that are current?
I am sorry for so many questions. I just don't want to spend the $250 I have and have it be a mistake or spend too much if I don't need to. Any help is much much appreciated.