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Bosch CS said there is a new router on the way...
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This would have been the week that I'd have finished chewing thru the restraints...
If only new layers hadn't been added....

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Maybe it'll be WiFi?! ...
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Bosch doesn't seem to do gimmicks..

This would have been the week that I'd have finished chewing thru the restraints...
If only new layers hadn't been added....

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Forget the primal scream, just ROAR!!!
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Maybe it'll be WiFi?! ...
...so as to operate it from the living room...? ? ? 👊

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Thanks everyone for the feedback and suggestions. I have not really been doing much woodworking until recently and most of my needs to date have been met by the Harborfreight 2-1/2 HP router. It also weighs around 16lbs and I've done a fair bit of portable routing with it so I'm familiar with how it feels to handle a router that kind of weight. However for plunging the mechanism is really horrible and really won't do for any kind of precision work. To be fair I originally bought it to make some profiles for molds for forming decorative concrete blocks which did not require much precision. But it's time to move to a decent tool.

My reasoning for getting something in the 3+HP range was to have something powerful enough to do things like cutting mortises and through mortises and to have the extra power as needed. I do understand the downsides about weight.

I will take a look at all of the suggested models. Yes it would be nice to walk in somewhere and actually get to hold and play around with the plunge mechanism to see what feels good. Not sure there is such a place around here but I will investigate.
I'm surprised Ravin that weight appears to be thought of as a negative, in fact I consider the opposite to be the case, a light weight router can tend to move too easily and drift it's own way. A heavy router is always under the control of the operator. In any case, during use the router isn't being held in free air, it's sitting on the work piece or template. Finally it's obvious that a powerful router will do everything that a low power one will plus MUCH more.
A low power router would have difficulty routing something like this deep routed box. There is so much that can be done with a plunge router, very little of it shown in the books and magazines that I've read.
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You are spot on as regards horse power. The Hitachi is a fine router but I prefer the Makita
RP2301FC, compare the two by plunging with only one finger. In fact, try this test on all the routers that you can find in the shops.
The makita is one of the worst routers I've used...

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The makita is one of the worst routers I've used...
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Did half laps with the Makita for a IPE table base exterior tables yesterday. Kept thinking if it fell off the table it would ease my pain...
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