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My lovely wife is probably going to get me a new router kit for christmas! I already have a PC690LR for hand held use, but it does not have variable speed. I want a kit that will mostly be used in the table, but also for plunge operations. I am looking at the Bosch 1617EVSPK or the Ridgid kit at Home Depot. The Bosch has 1 amp more power and seems to be a great tride and true machine with good reviews. While just slightly less powerful, the Ridgid seems to have more features, a better hight adjustment on the fixed base, got best value from Wood Magazine, and has a lifetime service agreement. Which one do you recommend?
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If that's the only two I would suggest going with the Ridgid kit the Bosch has many down falls.. the one that comes to mind right off the bat is the base plate on the Bosch router..it's made to take on the funky stamped out steel guides..

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My lovely wife is probably going to get me a new router kit for christmas! I already have a PC690LR for hand held use, but it does not have variable speed. I want a kit that will mostly be used in the table, but also for plunge operations. I am looking at the Bosch 1617EVSPK or the Ridgid kit at Home Depot. The Bosch has 1 amp more power and seems to be a great tride and true machine with good reviews. While just slightly less powerful, the Ridgid seems to have more features, a better hight adjustment on the fixed base, got best value from Wood Magazine, and has a lifetime service agreement. Which one do you recommend?



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Sawatzky,
I'm not trying to hijack the thread, but I have a question for Bob. If either of the Craftsmans listed below were thrown in there as a choice, would you choose either of them over the Ridgid?

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HI Darrin

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I'm a big fan of the new routers out by Craftsman, I would say the Pro.red top model but if you are going to use it for the ski jig down the road I would say the black top model.
It can take on the bigger rods. than the red top..but both come with lights , built in lift kit, vac. tubes, etc.etc. etc.

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I have used the bosch router for 5 years and just bought a second one. The fixed base allows for above the table height adjustment. On one of my plunge bases I did put a plate on it that accepts the PC style guide templates, and have been using that for years as well. I will probably put one on one of the fixed bases I have as well.

The only real issue I have ever had with the router is the power switch on the older one. Occassionally I do have to take it apart to clear out the saw dust. I have actually dedicated that one to the router table since the table has its own switch, and I can leave the router's switch in the on position. The bosch routers sold today have fixed this issue.
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If you live in Canada stay away from Sears routers unless you like Ryobi tools because thats who manufactures the Sears Canada routers.

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Hi Sawatzky

Take a look at the Triton line of routers like the TRA-001 3 1/4 hp, this router also comes with a through plate crank handle taking care of the lift system plus it locks the collet when cranked all the way up, perfect router for under the table, be warned this is one beast of a router.

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Reviews by owners of the Triton

Amazon.com: Customer Reviews: Triton TRA001/TRC001 3-1/4-Horsepower Precision Router

just my 2 cents ,the run out was very bad, it's now back in the shipping box..

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I have the Ridgid and would buy it again, it spends most of it's time in the table. I also have the Sears black top and must say I have been impressed so far. It is almost a year old and got a pretty serious work out doing bull-nose trim at the church. At the price of 80.00 I could have gotten two for the price of one of the others. Tough choice at this point, give the Craftsman a look, It may meet a need now and than as you get a better idea of what you want to do then you can decide on one of the others.

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I got the Bosch 1617EVSPK 2.25 HP kit last week, based on the review at toolcritic.com and like the router. I got the Bosch RA1171 table with it, which is okay. I can adjust the height from the top of the table. I can change bits fairly easily - using two wrenches to loosen the collet and then pull the bit up through the top of the table.

I don't have any experience with the Ridgid router. I do have a little Ryobi plunge router that I can use for non-table needs.
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