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The usual recommendation for a first router is a mid-sized 2+ hp. The Bosch 1617 and DeWalt DW618 are in this category. I have the DeWalt DW618 3 base kit....2 handle, plunge, and D Handle. It accepts 1/4" and 1/2" shank bits. A step down are the Compacts which only accept 1/4" shank bits which may limit you, but this depends on your needs. The DeWalt DW611 is a highly rated compact......but it's body may be a little large for one-handed use if you don't have large hands. I have a Makita RT0701C compact which is really nice.
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