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Hello Everyone,

My name is Donnell, and I am new to routing. I've been doing lots of research on various routers, a and am still not sure which way to go. I like the Porter Cable routers, but for entry-routing,I was considering the ryobi router table with router. Any guidance would be greatly appreciated!

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Welcome you will find a lot of good people on here to get help from. My choice is porter cable but you get what is affordable to you.
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I would go with Porter Cable over the Ryobi, the Ryobi combo will be replaced in a few months if You spend a few extra $$ now it will save Ya $$$ in the long run as replacememnts will be wanting in future , check out MLCS Woodworking, Rockler and or other websites You can find some nice tables cheaper than Ya think... Buying a nicer table will be more enjoyable and easier to work ..Good luck in whatever Ya choose

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Thanks for the warm welcome everyone! Thanks for your responses concerning a first-time router. I've never been a "branded" person, but having already a Porter Cable Obital Jigsaw, 18v Cordless Drill/Impact Drill Combo, and Random Orbital Sander, I figured I'd "keep it in the family." The Ryobi Router Table/Router combo is priced very nicely, but if it's most likely going to need to be upgraded anyway, I might as well go for the PC router as was suggested. Regarding PC routers, I was lookng at the 690, and the 450PK.

The 690 is a fixed-base router with the option to buy a plunge base separately, and it accepts 1/4" and 1/2" bits. The 450 is considered a compact combo router that comes with a fixed and plunge base, but only accepts 1/4" bits. Both routers are single speed, however, the 450 has and identical Dewalt cousin, the DWP611PK. The Dewalt has just about every feature of the 450, but include a multi-speed option.

Boy! So many choices! It's almost worse than my first hobby, model railroading!

Thanks Guys!

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Donnell,

I am far from an expert but routing using my routing table is my favorite wood working experience. You can do so much on a router table you will be amazed. I would suggest the PC 690. Eventually if you get into routing you will go for the top of the line PC router.

The 690 can be used on a table or by hand, not to big not to small. Good luck Donnell with whatever choice you make.

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Donnell,

I am far from an expert but routing using my routing table is my favorite wood working experience. You can do so much on a router table you will be amazed. I would suggest the PC 690. Eventually if you get into routing you will go for the top of the line PC router.

The 690 can be used on a table or by hand, not to big not to small. Good luck Donnell with whatever choice you make.

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I think I will go with the 690. It seems like a fairly robust and reliable machine. Once I get good with it, maybe I'll try building a table for it...

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The PC 690 has a variable speed (VS) motor available. If you do start using a router you'll appreciate the 2 collet sizes and if you buy single speed you'll long for the VS. Then again...if you start using it you'll soon have a second router. Third. Fourth. Fifth.

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