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Welcome to the forum, Bernard! What sort of woodworking will you be doing with your router? We do like photos so show us your shop, tools, projects, etc. whenever you're ready.

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hi all


look forward to reading your comments about the routers and their specs and which one is better
welcome to the forums Bernie...
the lions and gladiators should be along shortly...

about that Bosch router you want.....

So if you were to buy an all around router
(1)... what would you look for
(2)... Why?
(3)... What is your favorite router
(4)... Why

picking out a tool(s)...
1st and most important, look to the company...
evaluate their CS and will they step up to the plate should there be issues...
see if they have a planned obsolesce program in force... as does craftsman...
what will the company and their product do for me...
try to figure out if they will respect me in the morning...
no sense in buying something that can't be fixed a few years later...
and yes.. we will help you spend YOUR money and not have any qualms about it...

next the product...
quality..
will it have a long productive life...
will it do more than I need it to....
is it a good value...
will it protect my bottom line...
will it go the extra mile...
will it go obsolete or become disposable in short order...

tools that don't cut the mustard, suffer down time, hurt production and the bottom line need to left on the store shelf...

Online reviews...

not too much...
read a few too many that my VOE said other wise...
I prefer to use and abuse different brands and evaluate them myself and I pay attention at large job sites as to who has what and what, if any, issues they are having......
the testers should eval a tool and then put it in production mode for a few years and then do another eval..

VOE says Bosch fills the bill and then some...
2nd to none CS and support...
are real work horses...
they last, for a long time...
and most importantly, protect the bottom line...

WHY I LIKE BOSCH...
2nd to none CS/TS support (American based) that's absolutely painless... They even support some of their tools that have been discontinued...
Their tools are real work horses...
planned obsolesce isn't an issue w/ Bosch as it is w/ so many other manufactures and come w/ all around less grief...
their tools that last, even for decades after hard heavy use..
they make tools that protect the bottom line make them a very good investment...
this I really like...
Besides they being comfortable to use routers, they are feature rich, have excellent bullet proof soft start, finite depth adjustment, quality collets, and so much more...
I think and believe Bosch to be an excellent outstanding company w/ superb products...

Keep in mind, that saving some money now just may cost you more down the road... Do yourself a huge favor and get a Bosch...
Bosch consistently scores high in/on all categories of quality, CS/TS, reliability and support, and they are as close as a phone call and your mail box...

http://www.routerforums.com/featured-topics/67898-choosing-woodworking-equipment-tools-machinery.html



Note:

also, the refurbished/reconditioned models from CPO are no worries purchases...
https://www.cpotools.com/bosch-route...efault,sc.html
 
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Hi Bernard. Welcome to the fun. I'm a fan of the Bosch1617 EVSPK kit for general purpose routing and very nice in a table as well. In my table I have chosen a Triton TRA001. The Triton is too heavy for me to manage freehand anymore.

I got serious about woodworking about 12 years ago but did DIY and repairs all my life. Grew up in a farmhouse built about 1913, so repairs were always underway. I accumulated tools toward the last part of my career so had some cash available for tools for most of a decade. Attached is a pdf of the 18 (plus) things that helped me get going. Hopefully it will save you a few mistakes on tools and techniques. Just don't try to get everything at once. Start off with a good dust mask. Sawdust smells good, but it's very hard on lungs.

Enjoy your self, lots of good friends around this joint, and more than a few Canadians too. That pdf is 10 pages long, but it has pictures too.
 

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look forward to reading your comments about the routers and their specs and which one is better
since you want to read...
have we got some reading for you (!!!) over at this link...
enjoy...
 

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Hello and welcome to the router forum, Bernard
 

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Welcome Bernard...you're gonna like it here. It's good that you are asking first rather than finding out later you might not be happy. Tell a bit about your planned projects and you'll get more info than you ever dreamed.

This is a friendly site so jump in...

You will get many different experiences and opinions regarding routers and bits...take your time, ask questions and have fun...
 

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Yo Bernie! You're gonna love all the feedback and insight available here. I echo the sentiments on the Bosch 1617 - I have it and it's younger brother, the handheld model Colt 125, for handheld duties.

I've had a few opps to deal with Bosch CS and it is quite excellent. An e-tailer I've used to buy a number of tools lately is Acme Tool - also very responsive to customers and a lowest price resource.

Enjoy the ride!
 

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Welcome aboard Bernard. As you can see you'll get your money's worth here fairly quickly. The $100 bucks they charged me to join was worth every last cent......Just kidding. As to which is better is highly subjective but Bosch does seem to have a good number of us and I can't complain about their products. But which is best? For what process? there are lightweight trim routers and then a variety of 1/4", 1/2" collet handheld routers going from what 1hp to 3-1/4? Not to forget the motors only intended for use in router tables. You'll need to be a bit more specific when asking such questions to get the full picture.
 

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G'day and welcome to the forum, Bernard,
 

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hi all

look forward to reading your comments about the routers and their specs and which one is better

one more thing Bernies...

we have put some helpful information together at this here link to help you get up and running in the world of routers... We hope it to be useful to you... Enjoy...
do take some time and read the safety PDF's... PLEASE!!!
Blood and trips to the ER, we find, are very annoying... Not to mention – expensive...
 
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