Economical is is a bit of a loose term. Good value for what you intend to use it for is possibly a better question. After a lot of research, I have gone to Bosch 1617s. Bought a second motor for my table. I think the Triton is clearly a great router, but at my age, horsing that thing around is more than I want to handle. I see the 3 1/4 Triton as a table machine. I had a Skill router kit that I sold off pretty quick, it was OK, but it doesn't hold a candle to the Bosch. There are several other brands that are fine, but after handling all the alternatives, I found the 1617 was the best for what I use a router for, and I prefer its knob handles. Wish it had switch on the handle, but a floor switch makes start/stop convenient MLCS 9080 Billy Pedal Foot Switch, Deadman Style. It also has a LOT of very well made accessories, dust collection add ons and the fit and finish is hard to beat. The height adjustment is very precise and solid, much more precise feeling that all the other brands I checked out, including the DeWalt, PC, Makita, each of which I spent some time with in the store before buying my first kit. The router is such a great tool that how it feels in YOUR hand is an important consideration. The price on the 1617 is reasonable as well. Don't mean to put any of the other routers down, particularly the Triton for table use. Just my opinion after doing my own due diligence. My wife also supports my woodworking habit, keeps me home, but out of her way. Of course, that means I support her quilting habit, and the cost of her quilting and sewing machines is a bit more dear than my entire shop full of tools.
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