oft repeated noob question... brand
Hey all, I am looking to purchase a router. This is largely a splurge for me, as I dont have a need (that I know of) for one. I would like to have one to slap in a table, and buy jigs, and cut dovetails and box joints for decorative boxes.... as well as whatever else comes down the line. I think I have whittled the list down to the Bosch 1617EVSPK... I wont have a router table for a bit (probably until I build one) and I figured the plunge base would be nice to have. It seems that this model of Bosch gets really good reviews, and about the only thing my novice eye sees that it DOESNT have is a light. Also looks like I would need to buy an aftermarket base to make it fit assorted PC jigs which from (what little I have seen) seem to be the norm.
This kit is pretty much at the top of my price range, and it seems to be universally favored in the ratings. The PC I looked at had middling reviews, which was a disappointment, since I thought it was the "standard" for routers.... maybe I am just too cheap to find the really good ones.
The only woodworking I have done is utilitarian (ugly shelves, etc) and nothing that needed to be pretty... I dont think that buying a jig and a decent router is going to make me create works of art, but I think a good tool provides a good foundation. I appreciate any advice you all can provide!!!