Archer, I have a pair of 1617's and my buddy bought one since he liked mine so well. They have been trouble free. Keep in mind that the new Craftsman 26620 router is almost identical to the 1617EVS, there are a couple small but important differences. The new Hitachi looks suspiciously like a 1617, and it wouldn't surprize me if Hitachi had made a couple of improvements. All these companies build quality tools. Do yourself a favor and go put your hands on them before buying one. See which feels best in your hands and adjusts the easiest for you, both upside down and right side up. Let us know what you decide, and good luck!
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