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I'm new to routers and want to get something that I can use for 95% of my projects. I'm thinking of getting something like the Bosch Model # 1617EVSPK from Home Depot (can't paste link until I hit 10 posts!).

But I don't know much about routers and I don't want to (1) overspend, (2) have to replace this with something else because it doesn't do something I need, and (3) be able to use this in a self made router table.

Any advice?
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I'm new to routers and want to get something that I can use for 95% of my projects. I'm thinking of getting something like the Bosch Model # 1617EVSPK from Home Depot (can't paste link until I hit 10 posts!).

But I don't know much about routers and I don't want to (1) overspend, (2) have to replace this with something else because it doesn't do something I need, and (3) be able to use this in a self made router table.

Any advice?
The Bosch is a highly popular router on this forum and would be a good choice to meet your criteria. The other two I would consider would be the Milwaukee 5624-20 but it is not a plunge router and the Triton.


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The Bosch 1617 is really a bullet proof well tested router. I personally don't have one but I know many people that do and they swear by them not at them. They even run large panel raising bits with out any problems.

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The Bosch 1617 is really a bullet proof well tested router. I personally don't have one but I know many people that do and they swear by them not at them. They even run large panel raising bits with out any problems.

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I swear at both of my 1617's. But--it's not their fault, pretty much always my error!!

Very good machines, and comfortable to use (for me) considering the range of capability.

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You can't go too far wrong with the 1617 for 95% of your work. For light duty work later you might also want to consider a Bosch Colt as a second router.

I would also refer you to the 'sticky' thread on what router bits you should start with.

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(3) be able to use this in a self made router table.

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For use on router table this is best.
Bosch MRC23EVSK 2.3 HP Combination Plunge & Fixed-Base Variable Speed Router Pack - Power Routers - Amazon.com


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Awesome! Thanks everyone!
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I'm new to routers and want to get something that I can use for 95% of my projects. I'm thinking of getting something like the Bosch Model # 1617EVSPK from Home Depot (can't paste link until I hit 10 posts!).

But I don't know much about routers and I don't want to (1) overspend, (2) have to replace this with something else because it doesn't do something I need, and (3) be able to use this in a self made router table.

Any advice?
you can't go wrong there... excellent router...
Bosch customer service is outstanding too....
look to CPO Bosch for a reconditioned... less money...

Factory Reconditioned Bosch 1617EVSPK-RT 12 Amp 2.25 HP Combination Plunge and Fixed-Base Router Kit

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If only new layers hadn't been added....

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I'm a fan of the Bosch 1617. I wound up with two motors after getting a Triton TRA001 for my table. But ran the Bosch in the table for several years. The fixed base on the Bosch can also be attached to the underside of a table and with the optional key, can let you adjust the bit height from above the table, something my aging knees appreciate. Plenty of power, and the round knob on the fixed base is easier for me to handle than the pistol grip. The pistol grip on the plunge base offers good control. I know others like other routers, but for fit and finish and an amazing array of high quality accessories, I don't think the Bosch can be beat--and the price is good too.
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