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My name is Andrew and I'm new to the community. I'm from the Delaware County area in Glen Mills, PA. I have some MINOR woodworking experience and attended a local class in the spring to learn some new techniques. I don't yet own a router and I'm looking to purchase one in the next month. As of now I have the basics - Circular saw, small table saw, belt sander, reciprocating saw, and a good assortment of hand and air tools.

My first 'real' project is a work bench for my work area that's now being constructed. The frame and supports are entirely 4x4 constructed and all the joints are half lapped via dado cuts. So far it's turning out nicely and I'll start assembly tonight. The router (when purchased) will be used to roundover the edges on the top of the bench.

As for the router purchase - I'm looking closely at the Bosch 1617 and the Craftsman 27680. From my short research period, both seem like good choices.

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Welcome Andrew

The Bosch 1617 is a popular choice and a good machine. Unfortunately my own personal experience with a Craftsman was years ago, so I ca offer no opinion on that router.
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Welcome Andrew,
I have the Sears model you are thinking of and use it mostly as a plunge router. Its a fine router and I got it on a very good sale. However, that said, I'd recommend the Bosch. The Sears model while well built and very much like the Bosch, has some plastic components that don't appear to be quite as well built. If your use like mine is casual, the Sears will be fine.
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Thanks everyone for the welcome. I should state my use would be purely recreational and used maybe a handful of times in a month. With that said, is the Bosch worth the premium? I enjoy buying quality tools, but I'm not a fan of wasting money if it could go to other equipment.

Also - If by chance anyone has a copy of the router ebook on here that recently expired, I'd really appreciate if you could email me a copy.

Thanks!
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Thanks everyone for the welcome. I should state my use would be purely recreational and used maybe a handful of times in a month. With that said, is the Bosch worth the premium? I enjoy buying quality tools, but I'm not a fan of wasting money if it could go to other equipment.
Hi Andrew - your last statement about 'wasting money....' struck a chord w/ me; I own a half dozen routers, including the Bosch 1617 which has been working flawlessly for a dozen years (or more likely?) - I would strongly suggest if your budget allows and your two considerations are the ones mentioned that you pick the Bosch.

Even if more costly, you will not be 'wasting money' - over nearly 3 decades of woodworking & buying tools, I initially went 'cheap', then upgraded, and yet again upgraded until I was happy; if I had bought a GOOD (and more expensive tool to begin w/ I would have SAVED $$) - SO, buy the BEST than you can afford from the start - good luck in your selection - Dave
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I'd go for the Bosch. I have a 1617 used mostly in a table and I like it so much I'm getting another for freehand use. My experience so far is that the extra money spent has always been a better choice. I'm about to replace the last go cheap power tool in my shop. Good equipment shows up as good workmanship.
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Thanks guys. Looks like it will be the Bosch!
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