My only working router is a Makita 3612C. I have had this router for nearly three years. I bought it after the Skil that I had been using started throwing bits. I have been very happy with the Makita. I did have a terrible time finding one. Amazon.com advertised one several times, at different prices and I tried to order several times only to be told that they were out of stock. I tried another place, which replied that, contrary to their web site, the Makita was out of stock. I finally was able to buy one from the Ace web site.
I might have been lucky in that I did not find one in a store to test the feel.
Although Bob and Rick recommend removing the springs for table mounted use, I tried using it without springs, and put them back in. If I had a dedicated table mounted router, I probably would remove the springs.
After having it for 11 1/2 months, (one year warranty) something happened that prevented plunging or height adjustment, I sent it for warranty repair. The repair service was excellent, although they did have to order parts so it did take about two weeks to get it back.
I use it with the Oak Park baseplates, two seven inch, one large with 1 1/2 inch opening and two with 3 1/8 inch openings, one with the raised panel accessory. Rick has said on the Router Workshop that each time one buys a new bit they should buy a new router. My spouse would never allow me to do that, (you should have seen the look on her face and the heard what she had to say about the idea!) but I am coming to think that one should have one router for each baseplate. If I could get away with doing such a thing, I would probably have one more 1 1/2 inch opening base plate and six Makita 3612C routers.
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