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My Craftsman Router is officially dead. The adjustment ring cracked. So now I'm looking at a new one. Dewalt and Bosch both have routers that are pretty much equivalent. 2.25 HP, variable speed, dual fixed and plunge. Any recommendations?

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The Dewalt has dust collection capabilities while the Bosch doesn't. Is this a big enough difference to worry about? I trust both companies.

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Dw 621, best value & all around medium weight machine.
With best dust collection. German Engineering.
What else is there?
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The Dewalt has dust collection capabilities while the Bosch doesn't. Is this a big enough difference to worry about? I trust both companies.
every Bosch router I have has clear plastic DC attachments...
from experience, Bosch has the longevity and superior CS... DeWalt, the planned obsolescence...

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I love the Bosch 1617EVSPK.

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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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"DeWalt, the planned obsolescence..."
Agree with that but not the 625 and 621.
Both Elu's, both German, both designed for generational use.
30 year old Elu's still burning on CL and other trader sites.
The 618, 611, 610's, designed for flash and marketing, not life time users.
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I feel your pain.

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The two models I'm looking at are the Dewalt DW618PKE and the Bosch 1617EVSK.
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DeWalt DW618 is a solid choice. So is the Bosch 1617. Pick the one that has the features you like best, because that's what it will come down to. I was sold on the Bosch until I actually held a DeWalt in hand and saw how easy it was to adjust for height. The plunge base is fantastic. Solid and smooth, very well machined. I absolutely hate that the fixed base has no dust collection ability at all. DeWalt doesn't offer any. Not even a chip shield! But I discovered that the Bosch 1617 chip shield will fit the DW618 fixed base, it just needs to be modified some with a trim and then it would just pop right in. I plan to order one and do this mod soon. The plunge base with the DW618 kit does have dust collection built in.

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Thanks for all the input everyone. These forums are great to have.

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