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Hi everyone,

Brand new to the forum, new to routers in general. I am trying to pick up a router but I want to do my homework. I generally like to buy used tools as I feel I get the best value there. I would like to acquire a router primarily to work on some doors around my house. I need to add weather stripping to my exterior doors and will need a router for that. I also plan to replace some interior hollow core doors with some solid ones and will need to mortise the hinges. That's what's in my immediate plans. I've been getting into some furniture refinishing/repair and could potentially use it there. There are also some "someday" plans for built in cabinets.

So that's where I am. I've seen some dirt cheap routers on eBay/Craigslist. What should I be looking for in terms of horsepower, collet size/shank, etc..? I really am a newbie here. I don't want to buy more than I need but I also don't want to buy junk.

Thanks for your time.
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I would be looking for a DeWalt, Makita, Porter Cable, or Bosch, as they are the more common "Better" brands, and I would be looking for a 2 or 2 1/2 hp router with multiple bases. Many in this size have been made and sold as a 2 base kit. A fixed and a plunge base are in the usual kit, but a third D handle base would also be nice, if you can find a 3 base kit. It's very easy to change the motor from one base to another, depending on your planned use for it. A guide fence would be nice for the router too, but you may have to buy this for the router kit that you buy sometime later. The routers in this size all have 1/2" collets and most also have 1/4" collets or adapters included. This multi-base router package would be very versatile and powerful enough to do most anything you would want to do with a router. Soft start is another nice feature that comes on newer routers, but you can live without it. A router by one of these brands will likely become and remain your favorite router even if you collect other routers in your future and it will be reliable enough to last you for a very long time, if it hasn't been severely abused before you buy it.

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Welcome to the forum Nick . Stick posted a great deal on refurbished Bosch model 1617 recently . Hopefully he'll join in here and find that link

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I'm sure you'll find a significant number of forum members own and would recommend the Bosch 1617. Not too big, not too small. I would too!

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Hi everyone,

Brand new to the forum, new to routers in general. I am trying to pick up a router but I want to do my homework. I generally like to buy used tools as I feel I get the best value there. I would like to acquire a router primarily to work on some doors around my house. I need to add weather stripping to my exterior doors and will need a router for that. I also plan to replace some interior hollow core doors with some solid ones and will need to mortise the hinges. That's what's in my immediate plans. I've been getting into some furniture refinishing/repair and could potentially use it there. There are also some "someday" plans for built in cabinets.

So that's where I am. I've seen some dirt cheap routers on eBay/Craigslist. What should I be looking for in terms of horsepower, collet size/shank, etc..? I really am a newbie here. I don't want to buy more than I need but I also don't want to buy junk.

Thanks for your time.
of the brands named Bosch...
Makita for a second choice...
better built, better CS and repair parts are a lot more readily available than PC or DeWalt...
Use the Bosch 1617 series as your bench mark in features and HP...
stay away from "house brands"...

skip the used tools and look here...

Bosch Reconditioned Routers

good luck w/ your endeavors...

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Hi - Welcome to the Router Forum. Most of what I see listed on Craigslist is Ryobi or Craftsman. My favorite router is a Dewalt DW621. I also like Bosch 1617. I have 2 of the DW 621 and they are the ones I always grab when I do any routing tasks.
You really can't go wrong with Dewalt, Bosch or Makita routers.

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Welcome Nick. You'll find many here with 2 or 3 of the same router--and smaller or larger versions of the same brand since many times the accessories interchange. While several of my tools were bought as reconditioned (and Slick pointed you in a good direction)--my first Bosch 1617 EVSPK came from an online auction for $85 shipped a few years ago. Very good condition, and the kit was complete. That said--it can go the other way. Pawn shops can be good as well--but that hasn't worked for me locally, they want 70% to 80% of retail and don't move at all on single item purchases.

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When it comes to routers, buy reconditioned or new. Routers are one of the few tools I wouldn't consider buying used. Usually when I see a used router posted on craigslists, it is very well worn. The newer ones I see posted are typically under powered and may not even handle 1/2" bits. The one time I saw a Bosch 1617evspk on Craigslist, it was listed for near retail

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I agree with most others that a used router is not such a good idea unless it was a gift to someone who never used it. Old used cast iron table saws is a different story. It can pay to buy used in a situation like that.

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Hi everyone,

Brand new to the forum, new to routers in general. I am trying to pick up a router but I want to do my homework. I generally like to buy used tools as I feel I get the best value there. I would like to acquire a router primarily to work on some doors around my house. I need to add weather stripping to my exterior doors and will need a router for that. I also plan to replace some interior hollow core doors with some solid ones and will need to mortise the hinges. That's what's in my immediate plans. I've been getting into some furniture refinishing/repair and could potentially use it there. There are also some "someday" plans for built in cabinets.

So that's where I am. I've seen some dirt cheap routers on eBay/Craigslist. What should I be looking for in terms of horsepower, collet size/shank, etc..? I really am a newbie here. I don't want to buy more than I need but I also don't want to buy junk.

Thanks for your time.
For the things you are talking about, the DeWalt 611PK Combo would be ideal. I have one and use it when I can for flush trimming, cutting dadoes and other light/medium duty stuff. It is easy to handle, light and compact.

From there, I would jump to the Bosch 1617 router. I posted a thread about it here.
http://www.routerforums.com/general-...combo-kit.html

Anything you might want to know is detailed in that document.

Good luck. Personally, I am not into used stuff. But it once and it should last a long time unless you are using it in a production shop.

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