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I am fairly new to routing. I have done a little but not much. Wanted to start doing some diy small projects at home. I like buyer good equipment and probably want to buy a Porter Cable or Dewalt. Not sure about Craftman. One big question is do I need a fixed base router or a plunge?
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I'm kind of partial to Bosch routers, and other tools. Some of the best out there.

I would get the Bosch 1617 EVSPK. Kill two birds with one stone.
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I agree go with Bosh
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You need both; some back ground.
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Welcome aboard. I have four Craftsman routers. One I bought in about 1996-7 probably. It died, so bought another in maybe 2003-4, found out later just a solder joint failed, so still need to get on that. Then was given two more. They are all fixed base, kept in the router table, and all work just fine for what I do.

I'd say that it depends on what you want to do for a fixed or plunge. I don't need a plunge, so don't h ave one. If my needs change, I'll get one.

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There are some reasonably priced routers with both a fixed & a plunge base -- best of both worlds. You can try them out & decide which you like best.
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I am fairly new to routing. I have done a little but not much. Wanted to start doing some diy small projects at home. I like buyer good equipment and probably want to buy a Porter Cable or Dewalt. Not sure about Craftman. One big question is do I need a fixed base router or a plunge? We live in NW Arkansas, GO Hogs
Hi John - welcome to the forum!

My brothers live in Hot Springs which I've visited OFTEN! I'm now in North Carolina since 1971! We were all from Michigan originally.

Sounds like you need a 'combo' kit w/ both options, Bosch & Porter-Cable are good choices, although others exit - I have a half dozen routers which include the Bosch fixed based & the P-C w/ both bases. Good luck in your choices - Dave
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