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First off, I just joined Routerforums. It's good to be here!

I am new to routers, and this will be my first router purchase. Yesterday I was trying to decide on which router I was going to buy between the Milwaukee 5616, and the Bosch 1617. I am having a very strange buying process, with loads of indecision on this!
First I walked out the door with a Bosch 1617 Router. After reading up on the two more after I got it home I returned it unopened later that day and ordered the Milwaukee 5616-20. After reviewing the online order from Home Depot I realized I did not get the 5616-21 which is the one with the case. When I receive the 5616-20, I will be returning to Home Depot once again to return it and get the 5616-21 so I can have the case. But now I am trying to decide if I should just stick with the Bosch router after all.
I would be thankful if I could receive some advice on which of these two routers I should actually get. They both seem like good choices. The Milwaukee is a fixed base, obviously and the Bosch is fixed, and plunge base. Further more I see the Bosch has revised it's 1617 to the MRC23.

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The MRC23 has a light and a trigger in the handle, which are both nice features. But it costs more than the 1617. If you get the 1617, you will find the plunge base very useful. Many people (including me) have the 1617 and are happy. There sure are a lot of great options out there! Good luck in your decision!
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Hey, 'frenzy'; welcome!

Re the Bosch 1617...that's actually a series. If you got both the fixed and plunge bases its a 1617EVSPK. You can buy it as a 1617 EVS (fixed base only) as well.
The MRC23 is an alternative, not a replacement, in the sense that both are available. The MRC23 is slightly more expensive, as is their bigger 3 1/4hp job, the 1619EVS.

This topic comes up a lot! I can't speak for any other brands; I'm a dedicated Bosch fan, but I'm sure the competitors make fine products (just not as fine ... )
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Thanks for the welcomes, and helpful advice.
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Hello and welcome to the forum.
In my opinion if you only get one router it should be a Plunge router, I personally have had good luck with the Bosch

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I have 2 1617 kits, and love them. The MRC23 is really a separate line of routers to the 1617. While I think Bosch had hoped to start phasing out the 1617 line, the popularity, price point, and the fact it is their only router that will fit in a lift has kept it going.

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Bosch, Milwaukee, humbug!! You see in my icon what I like!! ;o) My Ridgid has been a work horse, in the years that I've had it. I even left a screwdriver in the shaft hole, by mistake (instead of using the spindle lock button), and turned it on and it made one hell of a noise. Took it out and it's been working fine, ever since. That was about 5 years ago. Made an entire set of kitchen cabinets since, with it!! Just recently bought my second Ridgid router so I don't have to take the other one out of the table! Also have the Ridgid trim router, that I sometimes forget it's just a trim router....
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Hey, 'frenzy'; welcome!

This topic comes up a lot! I can't speak for any other brands; I'm a dedicated Bosch fan, but I'm sure the competitors make fine products (just not as fine ... )
Ditto...
or the customer support...
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I agree with semipro, it should be a plunge, it's more versatile. For someone new to the tool I'd go further and suggest it be a 1 1/2 or 1 3/4hp router, it's light enough to accustom yourself with the options and methods of use. Current mid model tools have all the bells and whistles of the big routers and can also be used in RTs. Mid size models are also good for many inlay projects

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Thanks again for all of the help. So I have decided either the Bosch 1617EVSPK or the Milwaukee 5616-24. I own a lot of Milwaukee tools, and a few Bosch as well and they have all been excellent. I don't think I can go wrong with either one of these routers. Also, as already stated I will definitely benefit from a plunge router. At least I have finally narrowed it down to these to for certain. Now all I have to do is wait for my existing order to arrive so I can return it and re-order!
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