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Which Plunge router would you recommend?

  • Triton

    Votes: 1 5.6%
  • Bosch

    Votes: 7 38.9%
  • Porter Cable

    Votes: 6 33.3%
  • Milwaukee

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Dewalt

    Votes: 2 11.1%
  • Hitachi

    Votes: 2 11.1%

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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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Tom, while it is still the most popular router sold world wide(because of how long it has been in production) the PC 690 is just a bit low on the power. Having owned both a PC 690 and a Bosch 1617 I can tell you the additional 3/4 hp makes a world of difference. Beyond that there is no comparison in ease of use, the Bosch wins hands down. Most of the combo kits on the market are styled after the 1617,
Since this thread has started up again, I'll add my 2 cents. Seems like I been using routers since they were invented. My first was a hand-me-down Sears that was made in the late 20's. all metal, Arm was an inch longer if you carried it for very long. So much torque it was hard to hang on to. Dad had old 12" board (maple, I think) that he screwed to the plate and nailed the board to a pair of saw horses. I'm sure he would shake his at my current router tables. I'm not sure how many routers I have now, guess I should count them some day, about 15-17 I guess. I have Stanley, Dewalt, Hitachi, Makita, Sears, PorterCable, and Skil and a red one and a green one that I can't remember the names of. As someone stated, they all last for a long time. Sears went from good to awful and back to pretty good. Other than sears with their bad adjustment parts, I've had no trouble getting replacement bearing and brushes, which is about all I've needed. Porter Cable wins my vote hands down. Easy to use, plenty of power, mine are a little old so the don't have all the lights and digital readouts that may be available today. More junk they stick on them, the more there is to break. I highly recommend you get more than one. It's a real pain to keep having to remove it from the table each time you use it. The hand held one don't need to be as big as the table mounted ones. Then get a good trim router. Then you will be ready to go!
I tell the little lady, that if I had a router for every bit I own, her little jobs would get done faster! She didn't buy it!
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Mike, I appreciate the power issue. That is why I put the Hitachi in my table. However, I stand by my statement that for what I do with my router table, the PC 690 would have sufficient power.
Although I have a 5625-20 Milwaukee, I would not recommend it as top plunge router.

And since you do not list the Festool, I did not vote.

I have a Craftsman and it still works after 35 years but they are not what they used to be.

I have a Porter Cable 7529 but it does not work any more. Can not recommend PC any more either.
Hey Dale,

I have to say I am surprised no-one voted Milwaukee - my 5625-20 is definitely my favourite, with Freud 2200 close behind. My two cents....

I have the Ridgid, Ryobi, Freud 1700 and a antique craftsman. They all are my friends and they all do what there intended to do. The Ridgid is new and seems to be one great router.
The Freud is my table router The Ryobi is my ski router. So I guess I would recommend the one that feels good in your hand as well what you intend to do with it..It,s like buying underwear...It must make you feel all warm and fuzzy..I'm off today to get a Trend T-4..

Good luck
Hi Bob, I'm new here this is my first post. My question is: If Bosch is so liked why has Mr. Warner not recommended them? I'm not asking you to answer for him, but why are so many people happy with Bosch? It would seem Mr. Warner's preferred routers are least liked by many.
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