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Don't think you'd go wrong with the Bosch, Makita or the Triton. My go to for power, ease of use and longevity is the Freud FT3000VCE. Freud makes some really crappy bits and saw blades but their FT3000 VCE is a dream.


Gene, so why do you think Freud makes crappy bits? I thought they were the best.

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Gene, so why do you think Freud makes crappy bits? I thought they were the best.
Well, "crappy" might have been a poor choice of words. Lets just say that there are superior bits and blades to be had.
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My go to for power, ease of use and longevity is the Freud FT3000VCE. Freud makes some really crappy bits and saw blades but their FT3000 VCE is a dream.
Freud power tools are made from a completely different firm to the blades and router cutters these days. The cutting tools division was acquired by Bosch in late 2008, whilst the power tool division (together with Felisatti in Italy) were bought by Interskol at about the same time who moved at least some production to Russia from 2010 onwards. They also bought Casals in Spain in 2010 (Casals had also manufactured Freud tools in the past)
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"Well, "crappy" might have been a poor choice of words"
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A Freudian slip then?
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You say "whining", I say constructive criticism!
more like P&M....

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Check out the DeWalt DW618. They have a 3 base kit....fixed, plunge, and D handle. Lots of Bosch fans here and I have a lot of Bosch tools which are great....just don't have a Bosch router----yet.
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ok, so sounds like Bosch is a good contender. i thought that the 23 series would be the better option over the 1617 since its the newer model?
i see them both listed pretty much for the same price. would the 1617 be a better choice for the plunge base over the 23 series?
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I have both...
the 23 I use on things like the Leigh jigs and the 17 for everything else...

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