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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 09-20-2012, 07:30 PM Thread Starter
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I went to buy a router and a dovetail jig. I was going to buy a Dewalt DW618, but too many reviews said the motor burns up easy.
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Reviews also were not that good on Bosch.
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I have used a Sears router for a few years but it is pretty much not usuable anymore because of plastic parts gave up.
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Recommendations please
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I run Porter Cables here. I have 2 of the 890 series, and love them. I also under the PC 690 in good too. The PC892 is a stand alone ( have in my router table ) and the PC895 is a plunge router set. I have no problem recommending these to anyone.

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Reviews also were not that good on Bosch.
Well, mine has been working just fine for me, regardless if it is in the fixed base or plunge. 1617EVSPK.

You can learn a lot on this website. Read up and then you should have plenty of suggestions so you can make an informed purchase.

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Where did you find reviews that said Bosch were not that good? Both the 1617 and the larger 1619 finished first in their divisions in the last magazine testing I saw. My pair of 1617's have been running strong for over 11 years with zero problems. I like them so well I now have a pair of the new MR23 series routers.

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Well, I believe that you will hear a litany of good comments concerning the Bosch brand - I've had the 1617 fixed base for years now, and can easily recommend the kit if you also want a plunge router. In addition, I own 3 Porter-Cable routers - the oldest is a 690 D-handle which I've been using for probably 20 yrs w/o a problem; also have a couple of DeWalts (which despite the 'motor burn out' complaints on Amazon, if that is the source of your information?) have been fine. SO, the Bosch & the P-C brands would get my endorsement - good luck on your choice(s) -
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I have the Bosch 1617 kit and I love it
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1617 as good as Mike says.
Has its limitations, however, but they all do.
More on selection.
Do agree on the 618; it has had a disproportionate (anecdotal) number of failures
without a recall.
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I for one think the Bosh router is an outstanding piece of equipment. With that said i think if you look hard enough you will fund those who might disagree I am quite new at this. But I have 2 routers now and the Bosh is a winner for my money.

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