Thanks for the feedback. Does it have a smooth plunge mechanism with no side to side play? Since you are using it in a router table I'm guess that is not much of an issue for you.I have a Hitachi M12VE -it a real workhorse but it is heavy i use mine in my router table
i am real happy with it never had a problem, i installed a muscle chuck on it love that to
My local Rockler carries the Bosch line of routers.Dan - I'm in San Diego, California. There is a Rockler not too far from me - I do go in from time to time to buy stuff - they may have something for me to look at but I think I only see larger tools on display. Also I can check with the two lumber yards I go to go get lumber if they have any open days coming up. I will also check with the manufacturer websites - thanks for the suggestion.
I think maybe you should get the Bullworker out, Charley. :wink: A lot of carpenters use large "3-1/2HP" (in my terms 1800 to 2300 watt) plunge routers precisely because they have enough depth of plunge and the power to back it up on jobs like mortising, cutting post-formed worktop (counter top) mason's mitre joints, cutting housings (dados), etc - all tasks for which a fixed base router is either inconvenient or just plain dangerous. If you use them because you need them then you learn to live with them, although the medium sized (1200 to 1600 watt) plungers are admittedly a lot lighter on my old arms (and therefore more pleasant to use), especially when doing one of those "catch-up" jobs where someone needs to spend 4 or 5 hours routing stuff, The downside is that have a lot less grunt and they lack the depth of cut (often 50 to 55mm as opposed to 70 to 80mm of the heavyweights), As with everything there are compromises.I used a 3 1/2 hp router hand held ONCE!!! Since then I use 2 1/4 hp and smaller routers hand held. 3 hp and larger routers are too heavy and to large to be using hand held.