Hi Doug and welcome. Your first router purchase should either be a plunge or a combo offer where you get a motor and a plunge and fixed bases. There are operations that can only be done with a plunge while the opposite is not true about fixed base routers. Fixed base routers are nice to use where you are profiling an edge for example because they are shorter and less tippy feeling. The router should be a minimum of about 12 amps/ 2.5 hp (give or take a bit).
I have 3 Hitachi routers, an M12V, M12V2, and a M12VC fixed base. The M12V s are only plunges and are 3+ hp. The VC is about 12 amps and can be had as a combo package. I am very happy with all 3 and they were cheaper than most other brands but still offered a 5 year warranty.
The favorite router on the forum is the Bosch 1617 and in the combo package where you get both bases. I see it up here for $279 to $329 Canadian money. They are well built routers and you would be very happy with that package. The 1617 is around a 12 amp router so it handles everything easily up to panel raising bits. At that size bit you'll need to slow your feed rate and take smaller bites. Hope this helps.
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