Thanks everybody for the helpful replies.
I have done some freehand routing, with the big ol' FT3000 no less, so I'm not so much worried about that, but its good to know that the 890s are top-heavy. Is it bad enough that it makes fine control difficult, or just something minor to be aware of?
Bobj3, do the Sears routers take accessories designed for the PC (or for the Bosch or some other common router), or are they going to be a pain to find that kind of stuff for later down the road?
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