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I'm a recent member and looking for a 1/2" collett router, has anyone used the Harbor Freight 1/2" router 2.5 hp? Also looking at the Home Depot 2hp with both bases for $199. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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Hello all,

I'm a recent member and looking for a 1/2" collett router, has anyone used the Harbor Freight 1/2" router 2.5 hp? Also looking at the Home Depot 2hp with both bases for $199. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Mike
Hi Mike - Welcome to the forum
I haven't got the Harbor Freight router but from some of the feedback I've seen, I'm perfectly happy keeping it that way. Seems to be one of those machines that an experienced user could live with, not be happy but live with. But a novice would very likely be turned off to routing trying to learn routing and dealing with the machines idiosyncrasies at the same time.

Home Depot sells at least 3 brands of router, which were you looking at? You can get multi base kits for much less than $200, here's one of mine
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G-day Mate,

Appreciate the welcome, many generations ago, our family has immigration history with the Aussies.

I'm also a big fan of Clinton Anderson, the well known equine trainer from Australia.

Will post my dicision on router purchase.

Thanks again
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Mike, many forum members are very pleased with the Craftsman combo kit routers; priced around $100 they are a best value. If you are looking to spend around $200 I would suggest a Bosch 1617 combo kit, I own a couple of Bosch 1617's and they have been my favorites.

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I've read a lot of reviews and will probably purchase the Rigid combo. Many good things said and it has a life time warranty.
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Think I'm going for the Rigid combo 2hp since it has many good reviews and the life time warranty. Thanks for the advise.
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