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I want to buy my fist router,my first project will be making an Edwardian fire surrond,it will have lots of detail cut into the timber.I will be practicing on old bits of timber before I start with the real stuff,I want to make the surround from pitch pine.So some info on a good quality router and bits would be a good start for me,so looking forward to hearing from you guys
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Hi Alex and welcome

I suppose the questions I have to ask you are; How big are the cutters you intend to use? andWhat is your budget? The UK market is very different to the American one - we use plunge routers in the main and even the manufacturers avalable aren't exactly the same with several American brands not being represented in the UK router market (e.g. Porter-Cable, Milwaukee and Craftsman). If you could answer my two questions it may be possible to give you a more detailed response

In the meantime if you aren't aware of what is available in the UK I'd suggest taking a look at the Wealden Tools web site where you'll get some idea of the general range of cutters that are on the market

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Welcome Alex. LOML (Love of My Life, a term used here often) is quite convinced that i've bought one of each router ever made so i can figure which one i like best. She is so wrong...i have TWO Bosch 1617's!!

I'm not that bad, but i am most comfortable with the 1617's, and the Bosch Colt feels pretty good to me to. Phil has asked great questions, and as you answer those you'll find a brand and/or a few models that simply "feel natural" as you use them. At some point that feeling will temper your course of future selections. In my case, i started by buying a good used router at a good value, then another that felt better, then a used 1617 that felt like home, and the other Bosch tools i've purchased have left a similar impression--whether they are "the best" or not is not important...they feel right in my hands. Much the same way we grow comfortable in a marque of vehicle. Hope that makes a bit of sense!!
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Thanks Earl,Iam Going to go with the Bosch GMF1600CE,in the states a MRC23evsk,an updated version of the 1617's,so I will let you know how I get on.
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G'day James thanks for the welcome,I visit OZ most years and my base is Brisbane,then I travel from there.
So it looks like Iam going for a Bosch GMF1600CE,fingers crossed it's a good choice.
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Hi Phil,my budget is around $500,the machine Iam going to go for is the Bosch MRC23EVSK,in the UK GMF1600CE,this should handle most bit sizes I will be using.
I did a lot of research since I posted my question,I hope Iam making a good choice?
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I always seem to go down that same road, which tool is the best, which is the best deal? One thing I've learned in my 62 years is buy the best quality that you can afford. I've never owned Festool, (expensive), but your Bosch, Triton, Dewalt, Porter Cable have alot of admirers.
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