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New to the forum and new to routing.
I apologize if that was discussed before and not sure where to post my question.
I am looking for a new router that can be handheld or mounted on a table. I need a plunge base and a 1/2" collet.
I read about the 2 HP Bosch combo and the mid range Triton. Their price is quite similar.
With no experience, I don't know if they can be handheld comfortably, or are too heavy and bulky.
I tried getting the actual weight for each, but different websites provide conflicting data. I think some refer to the packaging weight !!!
Please help me choose.
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You mean the Bosch 1617EVSPK? There are some variations in the 1617 series so keep your eyes open when you're shopping. The one I just mentioned is 2 1/4 HP...the original 1617 is only 2HP.
The weight is mostly the motor so the trade off is more HP more weight.
A lot of us here have the Bosch 1617EVS or EVSPK and love it. The only time weight is a serious concern is if you're doing freehand work on a vertical surface; dadoing railing posts for example, or maybe hinge rebates on a doorframe.
Voice of experience here...don't try pulling your router off a shelf one handed. Did that with my 1619 (much heavier) and am now helping my physio guy pay for his new Beemer motorcycle...
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I have a pair of the Bosch 1617EVSPK, and the 3 1/4 hp Triton. One Bosch is mounted in a table with the fixed base. The Triton is dedicated to the table only. I removed the spring from the plunge mechanism.

The second router is used in a plunge base for handheld operations. I also have a plunge base set up for cutting half blind dadoes. Just drop in the motor and go.

I also have the DeWalt 611PK compact router. I use it for trimming jobs, and some dado cutting.

Good luck looking for a router.

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Bosch 1617EVSPK comes with a fixed base for mounting in a table, then pull the motor and put into plunge base for handheld...easy as pie.

Triton is excellent in the table but pretty much need to dedicate it to table or handheld as you need to pull the spring to mount it in the table and put it back for plunge handheld...

My Triton is in the table, the 1617 is handheld-ready... I use the compacts for light jobs, portable or where smaller is better.

The 1617 is very comfortable handheld with the dust collection attachment, edge guide and VAC005 hose. I would suggest the 1617EVSPK and the Colt...then start saving your money and buy another later...

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...join the crowd...buy both...
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Thank all for your answers.
Actually the Bosch I was considering is the MRC23EVSK, which I think is a newer model.... Is it heavier (with the plunge base) than the older router?
Although I don't have current plans to use it in a vertical mode, that is a possibility in the future.
From what I noticed, Bosch has many accessories which can be useful. Don't know much about Triton, although their single wrench bit change is appealing.
I am also aware of routers from DeWalt, Porter and Cable, Makita and Milwaukee, but none come at a significantly lower price. Is there any advantage to DeWalt over the Bosch, or vice versa?
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Said this before and I'll say it again: conduct a woodworking culture trip to all the local tool suppliers. Handle all the routers on display.

Nothing beats a "hands on" examination of the tool, its controls, ergonomics, weight distribution, smoothness of plunge, ease of bit change, etc. You will soon find one or two that suits you.

"Fer 'zample," a few years ago, I contemplated another router. On another now-defunct site, several Fe$toolians recommended the Fe$tool 1400 router. Having the Fe$tool track saw, I was familiar with the quality and went to the local Woodcraft to handle one. Long story short: the router just did not feel right in my hands and for my work methods. Finally settled on a DeWalt #621 2hp.
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I have the MRC23 with both bases and like it but I mostly keep it in the table and use a smaller maikita rto700 that I is use for smaller hand held and freehand work.
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Welcome to the forum N/A.

All good advice above. It may help if we knew what uses you have planned. Table mounting is pretty straight forward and the bigger routers excel at that use. For handheld use you'll want a lighter router with adequate power and versatility. I'll say up front...you can't have too many routers...then again it's an addiction for some of us.

Seriously, if you are doing inlay work or breaking an edge with a roundover bit a small trim router may do the job. If the use is varied then you can't go wrong with the Bosch. However, feel is important and what is comfortable for one may not work for the next. Handle them all and see what feels good in your hands with the features that you need.

So, what do you envision using the router for in your mind?

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Welcome to the forum N/A.

All good advice above. It may help if we knew what uses you have planned. Table mounting is pretty straight forward and the bigger routers excel at that use. For handheld use you'll want a lighter router with adequate power and versatility. I'll say up front...you can't have too many routers...then again it's an addiction for some of us.

Seriously, if you are doing inlay work or breaking an edge with a roundover bit a small trim router may do the job. If the use is varied then you can't go wrong with the Bosch. However, feel is important and what is comfortable for one may not work for the next. Handle them all and see what feels good in your hands with the features that you need.

So, what do you envision using the router for in your mind?

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Wow, such great advice from everyone.
Bill, I think you are correct in that I may need different routers for different jobs.
My immediate needs are some dado cuts, few mortises, bullnose a table edge and in the future kitchen cabinets panels. No immediate plan for inlay work, though I won't exclude it.
However, I am not a full time pro and my workspace is limited. I try to select tools that are as universal and flexible as possible. But I learned (with other tools, such as a cordless drill) that one size doesn't fit all and its always a compromise.
As for the Triton and Bosch models, at 19+ lbs, they seem heavy beasts, better left for table jobs. Yeah...
Well, maybe DeWalt DW621K or DW618PK...
And the advise to try all in person is what I always tell people. But unfortunately. not many stores have them on display or even keep in stock.
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