Router for all purposes - Router Forums
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-14-2011, 02:46 PM Thread Starter
Registered User
Join Date: Apr 2011
Country: United States
First Name: Dave
Posts: 3
Default Router for all purposes

I am relatively new to woodworking and just gathering an arsenal of tools. I have a Milwaukee 5625 I use for my table router (love it). I donít have the money to buy 8 different routers for different purposes. I am looking at Porter-Cable 895PK and Milwaukee 5616-24. My logic is paying the money for one good combo instead of several different ones for different purposes. If I need to look at others I welcome your advise. I am sure that others have asked the same question and apologies for asking a similar question.
brickhd05 is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-14-2011, 03:42 PM
Honored Member
Join Date: Aug 2010
Country: United States
First Name: pat
Posts: 1,053

I have found the 621 good for most occasions, & that includes classic fixed base & plunger apps. So if it's just one casting then I'd consider a DW 621.
Not for vertical surfaces nor upside down use, however.
Quillman is offline  
post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-14-2011, 09:05 PM
Registered User
CharleyL's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2009
Country: United States
First Name: Charley
Posts: 2,178

Just about any multi-base router kit would suit your needs. Something in the 2-2 1/4 hp
size makes a great all around multi-purpose router. Also try to find one that has the fence attachment and collets or adapters for 1/4 and 1/2 inch bits. In metric countries you should try to find one with metric collets.

I bought a DeWalt DW618-B3 three base router kit and liked it so much that I bought a second one. You will appreciate having two similar routers most when the time comes that you are doing dovetails, but there are many other times that having a second router available is a great time saver, but right now you need to get your first one and gain experience using it. More routers can be added to your collection later after you gain more experience using them.

CharleyL is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-15-2011, 07:07 AM
Retired Moderator
Mike's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2004
Country: United States
First Name: Mike
Posts: 11,921
Send a message via Skype™ to Mike

Dave, while all name brand router combo kits will get the job done they feel very different in your hands. After comparing many different models I opted for the router that started the combo kit craze: the Bosch 1617. I found a deal on a second motor that was factory reconditioned and didn't have to switch between bases. The 1617 is an industrial quality router and all parts are available should you ever have a problem. Many forum members are very pleased with the 2-1/4 hp Craftsman combo kit. While prices vary by location so you have an idea of cost here in Detroit the Craftsman sells for about $176, the Bosch for around $219. If you want a bit more power check out the new Bosch MR23 priced around $290.

"Living in the D" (this means Detroit!)
"It's fine to disagree with other members as long as you respect their opinions"

Last edited by Mike; 08-15-2011 at 07:10 AM.
Mike is offline  
post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-15-2011, 10:17 AM
Registered User
Join Date: Aug 2011
Country: United States
First Name: Tim
Posts: 55

If you are having to budget the money perhaps a KM12VC Hitachi combo? About $160 off amazon with free shipping.

Last edited by TWBryan; 08-15-2011 at 10:23 AM.
TWBryan is offline  
post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-22-2011, 04:55 AM Thread Starter
Registered User
Join Date: Apr 2011
Country: United States
First Name: Dave
Posts: 3

I think I'm going for the Bosch 1617, I found a deal at Rockler. I really value everyones opinion. I try to learn as much as I can from others success and failures to try to cut the cost of my own. Of course I still make quite a few mistake no matter how much preperation I put into it. Just part of learning (life). Just ordered a ton of tools and equipment and now I just want to build. Have lots of ideas floating around in my head and need to get them into the real world. Thanks for the comments.
brickhd05 is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Router Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Mixing Bosch 1617 Router fixed base with Craftsman professional router sf_basilix Starting Off 17 10-11-2012 05:20 PM
Router Recall (PC, SEARS, RYOBI) Birdflu General Routing 5 02-23-2012 10:01 PM
Which Router To Get Etc? Gaia General Routing 10 02-24-2010 04:52 PM
Sears Plunge Router Model 315.275110 Wally99 Table-mounted Routing 3 12-24-2008 06:39 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome