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Question Should I buy a new router.....

I am buying an Oak Park table to replace the one I have right now. Right now I have an old B&D router that underperforms and only accepts 1/4" bits dedicated to my router table, so I find myself using my Bosch 1619 freehand with my 1/2" bits. The thing is, I have to figure out what router I'll be using with the router table before I get it, because I have to choose a mounting plate. The B&D is out of the question, so either I get a new router or use the 1619 for the table.
Question is , how much of a pain in the neck is it to get the 1619 out from the "under the table mode" into the "freehand mode"? Am I looking at screwdrivers and wrenches and "where the hell did I put those pieces?!"; or is it just like 3 screws I can zip out with a cordless drill?
I figure if I shop around I could get a good deal on a router. Than again the 1619 is a kick ass router, and from what I've been reading in the "search" function it functions well in a table setup.
What would you do in my position?
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Put your bosch in the table and get one of the new Craftsman combos for 109.00 and you will get an edge guide, fixed base, plunge base and 2 HP motor with work lights. Nice set up. If you don't take the springs out of the Bosch you would use it on the OP plate as well but that plate is kind of large.

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Hi Tpyke

If you are getting a OakPark table take the next step as well and get a base plate that will fit the table and your Bosch router..

It will just drop in and out easy and you can use it both ways as a table router or a hand router,,, you will find the 11" plate comes in handy for hand router jobs because of the over size foot print...

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You should use your Bosch for the table. Yes, that 11" plate can seem large but, for some projects, you will be glad that you had that large plate for balance. Remember if you decide to get another router, you could also get the 7" plate from OP for hand held work too. Just another option to consider.

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