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Today my benchtop table arrives and I'll be going out to buy a router for it. I currently have a 1 3/4hp PC router to use with my dovetail jig. This second router will be mounted for now but also comes with a plunge base. My target router for the table is the Craftsman 27683 combo with a 12 amp 2hp motor. It's attractively priced. For $40 more there is a 14amp 2.5HP plunge/fixed kit. My use will primarily be for slots for drawer bottoms and some simple edges on ~ 1" thick wood (Cherry after I get enough experience with Poplar). I understand that the higher HP motors allow for less stress on the router but is 2.5hp overkill for someone who, after my current set of projects, may use the router 1 every couple of years? Or, conversely, is 2hp limiting for mounting applications? I have an aluminum top on the table (Bosch RA1181) and one consideration is the weight. Both of the craftsman options appear to be heavier than my 690LRVS. I will be pulling the router from the base at the end of each use.

The simple answer is typically "go for more power", but if I'm well within operating margin for my simple application(s) with the 2hp motor I can save some $$.

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I would opt for more power, things change and an under powered router may not be a good expenditure at that time. Saving 40.00 now could cost 200.00 later and on the other hand keeping this logic within the realm reality I am not suggesting the "bigger is always better" type thinking..

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Hi Chris - Either router will work fine and $40 is $40. However, once you get set up you may find you use the table a LOT more than you expect. I don't think I've done a project in the last year where I haven't had a router involved and usually it's the table one.

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Chris, companies play with the hp rating to their advantage. It is a general guideline when shopping. If you want to go beyond the $100 Craftsman combo I suggest the Bosch 1617EVSPK. This is the design all the combo kits are based on. The 1617's are industrial quality routers as opposed to the Craftsman home owner grade. You will find them most places for $179. Two schools of thought on the choices: buy the less expensive and replace it down the road or spend the money now for one that will last. Both ways work. One other thing to consider: Bosch has been around for a very long time and will continue to be. Sears is in trouble and may not be.
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I'm in the same boat... building a router table and needed something new and bigger. I liked the Bosch 1617EVSPK but went for the newer larger 15 amp Bosch MRC23EVSK 2.3 HP Combination Plunge & Fixed-Base Router Pack.
I like the comment that said something like "buy less expensive but replace sooner or buy once and get the best you can afford".
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Well, after going round and round and spending entirely too much time thinking about it, I made a decision. Might as well go with what I know will last a long time. I have not skimped thus far so no need to start now!



Lowe's had 'em for $209 and with the weather being in the 60s and allowing for comfortable working temps in the garage, I sprung for a local buy. My table arrives today and tomorrow I'll be able to get going.

Thanks for the inputs.

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Chris, companies play with the hp rating to their advantage. It is a general guideline when shopping. If you want to go beyond the $100 Craftsman combo I suggest the Bosch 1617EVSPK. This is the design all the combo kits are based on. The 1617's are industrial quality routers as opposed to the Craftsman home owner grade. You will find them most places for $179. Two schools of thought on the choices: buy the less expensive and replace it down the road or spend the money now for one that will last. Both ways work. One other thing to consider: Bosch has been around for a very long time and will continue to be. Sears is in trouble and may not be.
To each their own. I don't find there's much either of my Craftsman sets won't handle, and I'm certainly not concerned about warranty or parts - Craftsman is a very valuable brand name and parts catalog that would be picked up by someone should they ever go out of business.

You got a nice router there Chris, they were all good choices.

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I'm a pretty simple guy, so the final decision maker was down to the opening in the base plate of the Craftsman being too small for larger bits styles. I understand that you can modify it yourself to accept the larger bit sizes but I wanted to not have to modify anything. On the other hand, I may have totally misinterpreted what I read and may be totally off base. I think I would have been happy with either one. What I liked about the craftsman was that it had the led lighting. Oh, and the vacuum port too.

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To each their own. I don't find there's much either of my Craftsman sets won't handle, and I'm certainly not concerned about warranty or parts - Craftsman is a very valuable brand name and parts catalog that would be picked up by someone should they ever go out of business.

You got a nice router there Chris, they were all good choices.

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I'm a pretty simple guy, so the final decision maker was down to the opening in the base plate of the Craftsman being too small for larger bits styles. I understand that you can modify it yourself to accept the larger bit sizes but I wanted to not have to modify anything. On the other hand, I may have totally misinterpreted what I read and may be totally off base. I think I would have been happy with either one. What I liked about the craftsman was that it had the led lighting. Oh, and the vacuum port too.
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