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Best router for a DYI Woodworker

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Hey all. Looking for a new router for a wood worker just barely past a DYI guy. I had a "commercial grade" Craftsman, but it literally blew up in my face... sparks flying and all. and there is no replacement parts for it (just barely 10 years old). I bought it at Sears (remember that store?).

So, I'm looking for a new version that will have the parts available for a while. If it lasts 10 years, thats great (they wont let me have a router in the Home I'm guessing). Would like to have a 1/2" with 2 or 3 bases (including a single hand, plunge and two handed bases) and collets for 1/8 and 1/2" shanks.

This "band of router bros" is the perfect folks to ask. What would you recommend for a reasonably priced router "kit"?

Not sure if Santa will bring it or i will just buy it now.
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Jim, I was wondering, what router did you end up going with and how does it meet your expectations?
Also, in terms of comfortable grips, the most comfortable trim router I have ever used is the Bosch GKF12V-25. The design seems weird at first, but it's a natural fit in your palm.
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