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01-23-2011 08:53 PM
Marco Either one of the routers you are looking at will serve you well. The reviews on the Rigid were very good and seems to be a tad better than the Craftsman.

I have the Craftsman 17543 (My First) and will probably get another since getting a dovetail jig................ and barring a "Lemon" won't have any regrets with it.

Don't knock yourself out deciding which one to get...... if all else fails, there's always a coin flip
01-23-2011 01:51 PM
gunit1400 I have no personal experiences with any other brands, just Bosch. Years ago, when I worked for a cabinet shop, all we used was Bosch routers. If it was good enough for him, I certainly wasn't going to argue with it. He makes his money with his tools. I have heard good and bad things about all brands of routers. I always believed in "you get what you pay for" and try to get as good as I can afford. I recently purchased a Bosch 1617 (11 amp, 2 hp) set from Craigslist, both bases, 1/4" and 1/2" collets, case and owners manual. It's in great condition and only cost me $100. Good luck with whatever you choose.
01-23-2011 12:36 PM
VooDooCC I'm now debating between the Ridgid R29302 and the Craftsman 17543. I'm liking the lifetime warranty on the Ridgid, but don't have a home depot near me, and the online prices are all still saying $200.
If I find the deal, for the Ridgid at $129 and the Craftsman is $129, which would be the better router?
How about at the $200 price point? Ridgid vs Bosch - Is the Bosch a lot better? I see it only has a 1 year warranty, and that concerns me. I've seen a refurbished Milwaukee 2 1/4 combo that comes with a 1 year warranty for the same price. Too many choices...
01-22-2011 11:26 PM
gunit1400 My better half bought me a Bosch 1617evspk and Bosch router table for Christmas, and I love them. Plenty of power and as mentioned before, it has above table height adjustment.
01-22-2011 08:24 PM
01stairguy bosch 1617 combo kit, more than enough hp and big enough for his hand or he can go with something a little smaller the porter cable 690
01-22-2011 07:02 PM
sanart
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Originally Posted by jschaben View Post
Ok, thanks Bob, not evident on the web pics at the Sears site. I was looking at the Ridgid plunge/fixed kit at HD last week and it has a similar setup. Looks like that one would take a 1/4" or 6 mm hex socket to adjust from above table.
I got the Ridgid combo a week or so ago. The above table adjusting tool is part of the package. Yes, I too was surprised.
Was after $15 discount, with tax $120.00.

Got the C/man combo some years ago, was $79 or $99 back then. It is a good set, and as said adjustable from above.
HTH.

Art.
01-20-2011 08:32 PM
VooDooCC When looking around at reviews of that Craftsman, I saw some people mentioning problems with the height adjustment. That was from a few years ago, so does anyone know if that's fixed on newer models?
01-20-2011 06:26 PM
jschaben Ok, thanks Bob, not evident on the web pics at the Sears site. I was looking at the Ridgid plunge/fixed kit at HD last week and it has a similar setup. Looks like that one would take a 1/4" or 6 mm hex socket to adjust from above table.
01-20-2011 03:45 PM
bobj3 Hi John

" I don't see where that sears router will adjust table top? "

It will ,look real hard at the black top router you will see a black rod coming off the motor base(gear box) , it's a Allen full thread cap screw so to speak, it just takes a hole in the mounting plate to get to the Allen with a hex Tee-Handle or Allen Hex key, I don't know why they don't say anything about it on the web , but it's a big selling point I think..just like the red top routers.

Just a note ,the hole in the Vac.tube I put in. so I can use it in the table and suck up the dust with the Vac.hose.

I will post a picture or two ..

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Originally Posted by jschaben View Post
Bj - I don't see where that sears router will adjust table top? I'm pretty sure one (or more) of the Craftsman routers will but it doesn't seem to be advertised and I'm not close enough to a real Sears to look for myself. We have a catalog distributor about 30 miles down the road but they take a dim view of me unpackaging stuff for 'em


01-20-2011 01:57 PM
jschaben Bj - I don't see where that sears router will adjust table top? I'm pretty sure one (or more) of the Craftsman routers will but it doesn't seem to be advertised and I'm not close enough to a real Sears to look for myself. We have a catalog distributor about 30 miles down the road but they take a dim view of me unpackaging stuff for 'em
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