The most popular choices today are the combo kits which feature between a 1.5 - 2.25 HP motor, a fixed and a plunge base.(Like the Freud 1702) This lets you mount the fixed base for table work and swap the motor to the plunge base for free hand work.
The model you mention will take longer to switch between table and free hand use, but is a high quality machine. To date we have had no negative feed back on any of the Freud routers. The soft start and variable speed features are good to have. Above the table bit changes are nice but since virtually all routers get mounted on a mounting plate which can be easily popped out of the table and back after an adjustment, this feature is not as important as it might seem to be. While all major brand routers offer similar features they feel very different in your hands. If you are comfortable with the controls chances are you will be very happy with this model.
My favorite router is the Bosch 1617, and most of the staff own and prefer Bosch routers. This is a personal choice and not right for everyone, so compare all you can to be sure what you get feels right to you.
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Last edited by Mike; 07-19-2008 at 11:24 PM.