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Hello everyone,
I just joined the router forum. I really liked woodworking as my dad had a shop when I was growing up. I build some really nice things when I was a kid.

Until now I really did not have anywhere to store any real tools besides hand tools. After completely enjoying remodeling my house (I basically rebuilt it from the inside. Electrical, plumbing, drywall, framing, concrete, etc.), I really would like to get back into the fine art of woodworking and build furniture etc. For my first project, I'd like to make a jewelry box for my wife! Believe it or not, I actually never used a router. I am currently searching for a router. One for hand-held projects and one for a table. For the table I pretty much came to the conclusion that the PC 7518 is the beast to have! While searching for a router for hand-held projects, I ran across the Bosch mrc23evsk combo set. Funny thing, I can't find a single review for this (in my opinion) pricey ($310) router. Anyone who has one I would welcome your experience. I am looking at Porter Cable and Milwaukee as well. All recco's are welcome.
 

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Gene,
I edited my profile and added my location and name. Hopefully I did that correctly. I am still learning how to navigate this forum.

I saw the Freud 3000 looked quite impressive and it was almost an impulse buy for me. All the reviews I recall reading on the web were very positive about this router. It is an interesting router that for a 3 1/4 hp variable speed it only comes with a plunge base? I am not sure why a router this size would come only with a plunge base? It seems like too large a router for hand-held projects? It is now $200 everywhere and is very tempting at that price (I am not sure if that is just a holiday price). I also heard that Freud was bought out by Bosch. What that means I am not sure. What type of projects do you use your Freud 3000 for and how do you like it? Is it table mounted?

I am considering the Kreg precision router table w/the Kreg 420 router lift and the PC 7518. It also seems that some/many of the router lifts are designed around the PC 7518.

I assume the fixed base would be for dovetails? Or are you saying that the plunge base can serve for this as well. If so, I think I see your point. For hand-held projects I agree with having a variable rate. I stumbled across the Boch mrc23evsk (2 1/4hp variable speed) but can't find any info from whomever has bought one. I can't find any reviews. The one review I found on the web eludes me at the moment as I am not the greatest wed surfer ND I can't find it. When I read the review it seemed like a really great router. One of my friends has a PC 692 router (2 1/4hp) with a fixed and plunge base. I figured I would give it a test drive and see how it performed. Interestingly, the reviews I saw via amazon were very mixed on this model.

I agree that life is certainly too short for cheap tools. I have my eye on the Delta table saw ..oh how it seems so sweet! My boss has it and loves it! I just need a place to put it.

Eric,
Annandale VA
 
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