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Which Plunge router would you recommend?

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7646 Views 26 Replies 16 Participants Last post by  Dangerman
I'm new to this forum.......But certainly not new to woodworking. I found this forum when researching which plunge router I should purchase. There are a lot out there. I was wondering if I could ask your opinion regarding which plunger router you recommend.........?

The router will be used primarily for mortising into oak and routing along pattern fixtures. I'm thinking a minimum of 2.25 H.P. and of course plunge. I know that there are kits out there providing both fixed base and plunge base and that's o.k. I'm not sure I need fixed base, but if that's what it takes, that's fine.

I have been looking at Triton, Bosch, Hitachi, Milwaukee, Porter Cable, Dewalt and Ridgid...............Which would you recommend based upon your experience?

Thanks for your help...
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Howard,

Thanks for the feedback. I'm struggling a bit with the router choice, as you can tell. When I was teaching woodworking, it was a pretty easy choice. There were only a few to pick from.

If you know which magazine that is, please let me know. I would love to read it.
Jerry and Ken;

If I don't have your recommended router on the list, what are they?

Also I thought it would be interesting to list some of the Prices:

Hitachi,2.25 h.p,km12VC @160.00
Bosch, 2.25h.p, 1617EVSPK @ 203.25 (2 BASES)
Dewalt, 2.25 h.p., dw618p6 @ 214.82 (2 Bases)
Milwaukee, 2.25h.p.,5616-24-21/4 @ 204.95 (2bases)
Triton, 2.25 h.p., MOFOO1kc @ 199.98
Porter Cable, 2.25, 895 pk @279.95 (2 bases)
Ridgid,2.25, 2 bases 199.99
Tritin, 31/4h.p., 229.99

AS far as price the are relatively the same, with Hitachi being the low end and Porter Cable being the high end.

Regardless, if I list your router or not I would love to learn of your experiences with it. What about quality and warranty issues?
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Ken,

Thanks so much for writing and sharing your thoughts on the Makita. I had not really looked at Makita until you provided your information. Which one do you have I have found two different 3 1/4 H.P. Plunge routers. One has electric brake only and the other is variable speed and electric brake. I think it is the later. Right?

That brings p another subject, I will be doing mostly deep plunges into quarter sawed oak and Chestnut. Some contour routing also in the same material. Does anyone have a recommendation as to the h.p. I don't want to go below 2 h.P. and then there is a vry attractive 3 1/4.

Sears has a two routers also that Should be considered.
model 17543 with two bases @ $119.99
model 17517 with two bases @ 149.99 (3 1/4 h.P)

Does anyone know who makes the 3 1/4 hp router for sears. Is that a Bosch?

Here is a update:
Hitachi,2.25 h.p,km12VC @160.00
Bosch, 2.25h.p, 1617EVSPK @ 203.25 (2 BASES)
Dewalt, 2.25 h.p., dw618p6 @ 214.82 (2 Bases)
Milwaukee, 2.25h.p.,5616-24-21/4 @ 204.95 (2bases)
Triton, 2.25 h.p., MOFOO1kc @ 199.98
Porter Cable, 2.25, 895 pk @279.95 (2 bases)
Ridgid,2.25, 2 bases 199.99
Tritin, 31/4h.p., 229.99
Makita, 361c, 31/4 h.p. @ 259.00 (from grizzley)
Sears , 17543, 2 hp @ 119.99 (2 bases)
Sears. 17517, 31/4 h.p. @ $149.99

Thanks for all the info....dale
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Mike,

Thanks for the information. I just checked out the Hitachi and that is a good price. Have you ever used one?

I also saw the Triton there. That unit seems to be well engineered but I have never seen one other that on the net. Have you seen it or heard positives or negative about either?

Nice day here, on my way to Woodcraft to check out what they have.....
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