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Hi Folks,

First I will say hello and introduce myself, my name is Pat. I'm am just getting into woodworking and forums like this have been very helpful.

A little more info to frame my question. I am on a very limited budget and have limited storage/working space.

I am looking to purchase a plunge router, I have no plans to own a router table in the short term, but maybe several years down the road. I would like to get a tool that will do the job reasonably well and not be totally disposable, if I can I would rather buy quality but again my budget is small. I have read mostly favourable reviews of the Mastercraft Maximum Fixed/Plunge router and right now it is on sale for $109. That fits my budget nicely. I realize bits will cost more, but it is easier to get incremental purchases past my wife than one large one. I have also come across a used Bosch 1613EVS. The owner says it is about 5-7 years old, but has seen very little use. He is also packaging about 40 bits with it for $140. I am always leary to buy used tools when I know little about what to look for in evaluating them. Same goes for the bits, although that is a little easier. I'd say $175 or so is my upper limit, which I realize really really restricts my options.

Anyone have any thoughts?

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I have also found a PorterCable 7529 for $100, although it looks much more used.
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router and forty bits for $140 sounds good to me and router bits are not cheap if a good brand, it's a chance you take with second hand tools but then again i've had new tools(cheap) last a very short time.
i would take the risk but i'm not you.

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Thanks for the reply. Does anyone have any tips of things to check on a used router?

Any model specific comments on the Bosch?
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I'd almost be tempted to buy it for the 40 bits (depending on their condition) and consider the router as a bonus! LOL
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Consider stretching the budget a bit more.
Thanks. I would seriously consider it, but I'm in Canada. U.S. Amazon head and shoulders above Amazon.ca.

Thanks. Regarding the bits, I may do just that and consider re-selling the router if I'm not happy with it. I sent an email to the owner asking what brand of bits they are so I can get a sense of quality.
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Try checking here,and look at the "free tool by mail" rebate,might be worth your while..



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Check the Bosch for ease of adjustment, Plug it in, turn it on, run it through the speeds. Listen for bearing noise. If you hear any, pass.
If it checks out, you have a good router and a great start on a bit collection.
BTW, Most of us follow Norm Abrams' advice and buy a router for each of our bits.
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Patrick, the 1613 is a fine router; you can see one in the sticky thread about building a table top and installing a mounting plate in the Table mounted routing section. The router should come with both a 1/4" and a 1/2" collet, the two wrenches for changing bits and if you are lucky the quick change guide bushing adapter. (This attaches with 2 screws and is readily available) Listen to the motor; if it sounds smooth chances are everything is good. Ask the seller to show you how the controls work. In good condition this router is worth around $100 US so your price with the bits is reasonable. I think it would be an excellent choice.

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