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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-17-2015, 09:27 PM Thread Starter
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I was wondering what y'all think about this low cost router - Black & Decker RP250? I am not expecting it to be a anything awesome, but for the price, is it worth adding it to a workshop for some light duty stuff?

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Steven, This router has no dust collection and that is a big deal to me. It only accepts 1/4" bits and can not be adapted to use 1/2" bits. The 3 position turret leaves a lot to be desired. With all that said, for $65 at Amazon it could be a useful addition to your shop.
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If you are going to have only one router, make it a Bosch 1617. Every time I've gone for a bargain tool, I've been disappointed and had to replace it with something better. With the Bosch going for about $219 for the kit, add $65 more to cover a cheaper unit and you get the actual cost of buying lower grade tools. A quarter inch shaft is just not big enough to do anything much, particularly when hard woods are involved, or you have to take a lot of wood out. That's my own experience, and I don't much like the brand overall, it has been cheapened to the point that most B&D stuff I've purchased is really gussied up mediocrity.
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You may want to consider taking a look at the pawn shops or second hand stores. I have seen a lot of nice routers in there, and I would guess that they are very lightly used. Some looked new and include all the new in box accessories for a lot less than a new price.

Try to find one that will accept 1/4" and 1/2" bits, the bigger size bits are a lot more robust and seem to cut smoother for me.
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