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What’s up guy. Want to purchase my first router. Will be using it for alittle bit of everything.

I am torn between these three.
  • Bosch 1617evspk
  • dewalt 611pk
  • dewalt 618

what do you guys recommend. I am leaning towards the Bosch. I ama fan of Bosch corded Tools.
 

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  • Bosch 1617evspk is a good choice
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Since I can't find a new PC 690LR anymore, I was looking into these models:
  • Bosch 1617EVSPK w/ guide ($239 @ HD) - 1 year warranty
  • Bosch MRC23EVSK ($262 @ HD) - 1 year warranty
  • Skil RT1322-00 ($130 @ Rockler) - 1 year warranty
  • Metabo HPT KM12VCM ($150 @ Amazon/$170 @ Lowe's) - 5 year warranty
Since I'm just starting out, I was thinking of getting a cheaper router to get a handle on the tool and to learn best practices, hence the Skil or a cheap one from Harbor Freight. After gaining some experience, I was thinking of getting something better, possibly the Bosch.

Thoughts or advice? Are there any models better than these in the same price range?
 

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Festool 2200 is the monster, 1400 very nice and for what it is worth I just reviewed the Skil 1322 and for the money I was very impressed. I love the lights too. I was going to give it away as I already own 12 routers, but frankly I'm going to kee this one. Here is the review
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What’s up guy. Want to purchase my first router. Will be using it for alittle bit of everything.

I am torn between these three.
  • Bosch 1617evspk
  • dewalt 611pk
  • dewalt 618

what do you guys recommend. I am leaning towards the Bosch. I ama fan of Bosch corded Tools.
I have the Dewalt 618 and the Bosh 1617evr, i like the both. I mounted the Bosh in a table and use the Dewalt as plunge router. they are both excellent tools. If you think you will be plunge routing be sure to order either one with both bases, it is cheaper.
 

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I'm a 1617 fan. Have two, one for each base. Trouble free, lots of accessories. I used one in my table for years, then got a Triton TRA001 for the table, freeing up the 1617. That's my take. I looked at the smaller, more compact DeWalt, but don't like the height setting mechanism for it.
 

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How are the Milwaukee routers? Better option then the Bosch?
Your now changing the question...

Not everyone likes everyone else's router. It's still a personal touch and feel.
Ive used many, like most but don't like everything. It's a personal thing...
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I think Rebelwork's comment is on point. There are many quality products. Discovering how they feel in YOUR hands is a BIG part of the selection process. If a switch's location or operation doesn't work well for YOUR hands, or you don't like some other way the router works, you may not like it, and may not like to use it as much as another product. Some prefer Bosch, some like Dewalt, some like Makita or Milwaukee, some have used Craftsman or Ryobi for years, and on and on. Maybe one way to decide is looking at reviews where different machines are compared, but most will be found to be more than adequate. Then it's time to handle them yourself and see if you will be satisfied with how it works. And you may want to look at ScottGrove's recent review of the rather inexpensive new Skil router. It's far from the most expensive router he's got I'd guess, and there are some things and quirks about it that he commented on -- but all in all, he seems to think he'll be keeping it because there are times he'll find it gets the job done. Yes, a Milwaukee person will prefer the Milwaukee product, the Bosch man will probably rave about the Bosch and so on. They may base that preference because of the tool's function, it's durability, the company's support --- or they may just look at the name on the product and their past experience. But I think Rebelwork and a lot of others who have used a lot of different routers over the years would still say you ought to see how a number of them feel in your hands. You can find a lot of people who would support almost any product, but that doesn't mean it's balance, function and ergonomic issues are right for you.
 

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What’s up guy. Want to purchase my first router. Will be using it for alittle bit of everything.

I am torn between these three.
  • Bosch 1617evspk
  • dewalt 611pk
  • dewalt 618

what do you guys recommend. I am leaning towards the Bosch. I ama fan of Bosch corded Tools.
I have the DeWalt 618 3 base kit and really like it. The DeWalt 611 will only accept a 1/4" shank bits. The other 2 accept 1/2" and 1/4" shank bits. 1617 and 618 are considered mid-sized routers and usually a good choice for a first router. The 611 is a compact router.
 

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What’s up guy. Want to purchase my first router. Will be using it for alittle bit of everything.

I am torn between these three.
  • Bosch 1617evspk
  • dewalt 611pk
  • dewalt 618

what do you guys recommend. I am leaning towards the Bosch. I ama fan of Bosch corded Tools.
The brand is not as important as the type of router you're buying, as long as its DeWalt or Bosch. You need a router that
is 1) soft start 2) variable speed 3) above table bit changing 4) an interchangeable base to allow for plunge routing. A 2 hp will work for most needs. I have 4 and only use my newer 1 most of the time because of its versatility. If you're just starting out, and discover you really really like and appreciate what this tool can do, you will want to build a router table and get one more router dedicated just for the table. Don't buy a table - built it! - way more fun and gives you a sense of accomplishment. cr. Kingwood, Tx
 
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