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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-14-2011, 02:46 PM Thread Starter
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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.
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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.
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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.

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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.

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

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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.
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