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Bosch 2.25-HP Variable Speed Corded Router 1617EVSPK for $170 or...


Hitachiģ 2-1/4 Peak HP Variable Speed Fixed/Plunge Base Router Kit
Model Number: KM12VC for $161.

This will be for bench work, not for a table. Since the money is very similar and the reviews on Amazon are too, I thought I would ask for opinions here.

I really would like some dust collection, but I am not sure either of these offer any dust collection options, do they?

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I vote for the Bosch 1617EVS

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Using a couple of old Craftsman routers & a Bosch 1617EVSPK & a Dewalt DWP611PK Routers in SW Louisiana.
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I have 2 of Bosch 1617 kits, and I love them. You won't go wrong with it.

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I vote for the Bosch 1617EVS
+1 What Bob said.

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I would go with the Bosch. I have the Hitachi in a router table that I bought used. The Hitachi is OK and have no real complaints, but I think that the Bosch is a better choice.

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Bosch...

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If only new layers hadn't been added....

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This will be for bench work, not for a table. Since the money is very similar and the reviews on Amazon are too, I thought I would ask for opinions here.

I really would like some dust collection, but I am not sure either of these offer any dust collection options, do they?

Thoughts?
The reason I vote for the Bosch is simple. I have two of them (complete sets). One is under a table along with a Triton 3 1/4hp router. One is set up for cutting dovetails using the Porter cable jig (using the plunge base).

If needed it is easy to remove the router from the table and put it in the other plunge base for hand held operations. No problems encountered. They have performed well for me.

Note: The dust port is optional but nice to have attached to the base. The Bosch VAC005 hose is also a nice one. It fits other tools I have also.

Another option available is the adapter for template bushings. And an adapter for the template bushing adapter that allows you to use the guide bushings sold by Bosch (see pics).
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The Bosch is an excellent choice but I like the Hitachi too. It is very smooth and is well balanced on your hands. It comes with a 5 yr warranty so it is a pretty good deal.

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The reason I vote for the Bosch is simple. I have two of them (complete sets). One is under a table along with a Triton 3 1/4hp router. One is set up for cutting dovetails using the Porter cable jig (using the plunge base).

If needed it is easy to remove the router from the table and put it in the other plunge base for hand held operations. No problems encountered. They have performed well for me.

Note: The dust port is optional but nice to have attached to the base. The Bosch VAC005 hose is also a nice one. It fits other tools I have also.

Another option available is the adapter for template bushings. And an adapter for the template bushing adapter that allows you to use the guide bushings sold by Bosch (see pics).
Love the two router table, never seen or heard of one before.
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