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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 11-06-2013, 12:17 PM Thread Starter
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I am shopping for a new router that will do 1/2 and 1/4" bits. One with plunge capacity would be nice. I do not do any very large buts but will be doing mostly dovetail cuts on my Incra LS positioner.

Incra is selling the Porter Cable 895PK system with plunge base and height adjustment knob which sounded very appealing utill I read the current reviews about this machine on Amazon.com by those who own and use it.

I like the top adjustment feature since I do not now have a router lift table setup. I may get one and do it right but have not decided for sure yet. I am a just a hobby worker and love good tools and space is at a premium in my shop space. I am researching more routers now but advice from people who know the answers already would speed up knowing where to focus my searching.

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Larry, you are lucky to have so much choice in the USA.

I would look for a 2hp + plunge router with variable speed and soft start.

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Check out the Bosch 1617 EVSPK 2 1/4 hp kit. Very nice router, plenty of power and comes with both fixed and plunge bases, plus a collet insert so you can use 1/4 and 1/2 inch shaft bits. You can also get a key or buy a second fixed base that has a key so you can use it as a lift. There are a large number of very good accessories for this router (visit amazon).

I wish it had a pistol grip with trigger switch, but the round knobs are far more comfortable for my old hands. I'm thinking about finding a way to mount a switch on those knobs--now there's an accessory idea for Bosch. Not really a fan of PC or DeWalt. Don't like the mechanism for changing depth, but I know they're pretty good tools that others like. We all have our preferences.
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