Looking to buy a tool.. need help making a choice
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?