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Hello, and I hope I'm posting this in the correct forum:

I'm not a skilled woodworker. I'll work on projects every other weekend or so. I'm in need of a router, and I'm not looking for the best, and my price range is around $100. I'm thinking of buying one of the following routers from HD or Lowes. I'm looking for opinions as to which one the experts here think is the better router.

http://www.lowes.com/lkn?action=prod...09589-353-1825
SKIL 1825 Plunge/Fixed 2-1/4 HP Router Combo Kit with Sightlight from Lowes

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http://www.homedepot.com/prel80/HDUS...prod_id=165667
Ryobi RE180PL 2 HP Plunge Router from Home Depot

Any input? The SKIL seems like the better buy... slightly higher HP, light, carrying case, and the fixed/plunge base combo is nice. What do you all think? Should I shell out another $30 or $40 and get a better one? I'd like to keep it at $80-$100 if possible

Thanks for any input!
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Hesselite, Just so you go into this with eyes open. What you are looking at is for occasional home use. Routers will do so many jobs for you, if you enjoy woodworking I would urge you to consider spending more for a good quality combo kit. There is a world of difference between the $100 routers and the $200 kits. Much larger bearings to make the unit last, better motors, etc.
That having been said, both the Skil and the Ryobi will do a nice job. I wouldn't put much store in the HP ratings, they will both perform well enough. The important thing is how they feel in your hands, are you comfortable with the adjustments? If you want to be able to table mount your router are the adjustments still easy upside down? 1/2" shaft bits are stronger and have less vibration than 1/4" bits. If one of these will accept 1/2" and the other not, that would be a good reason to decide on. I think they are both equiped with 1/4" only. When you go looking for router bits try Woodcraft. If they dont have a store near you visit the website at: www.woodcraft.com
They sell decent quality bits with a 100% money back guarantee. You can save a great deal of money going this route. Their bits are most always on sale for around $6 each. Buy their 10 piece set of the most commonly used bits and you will be in good shape. They will do most jobs you are likely to start. Dont waste your money buying bigger sets or cheaper sets. Cheap bits are nothing but trouble.

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Hello hesselite,

I recently went on a shopping from for routers at Home Depot, Lowes and Sears I also found alot of nice routers but for me the biggest draw back was that most of the cheap ones would only accept 1/4" bits and I wanted to be able to use 1/4 and 1/2" so I took the Plunge (no pun intended) and bought the Bosch Fixed /Plunge Router Combo kit with the add on guide kit from Lowes it was a little pricey for me but I feel it was worth my Dollar.
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The Bosch 1617 combo kit is my weapon of choice too Randy. I have other routers but the Bosch gets the most use.

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found the 1617EVSPK on Amazon for $219. Comes with all sorts of goodies and $25 off, so total comes to $194.

Good deal?
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A wise man once said you get what you pay for.

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Hesselite, A very fair price. You might check your local sources for a comparison. Lowes carries this combo kit and you will often find it with a fence as a special deal.

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Hesselite, A very fair price. You might check your local sources for a comparison. Lowes carries this combo kit and you will often find it with a fence as a special deal.
I'll keep watch. Thanks for the info

How often do you see these things on sale?
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hesselite,

Here are pictures of the package deal that Mike (aniceone2hold) is talking about:

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I have the same router and these pictures were taken with my picture phone before I bought the router. Whatta awesome router it is!! Later...

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hesselite,

Here are pictures of the package deal that Mike (aniceone2hold) is talking about:

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I have the same router and these pictures were taken with my picture phone before I bought the router. Whatta awesome router it is!! Later...
Hello Boricua,

That is exactly what I bought. Luckily we have 2 Lowe's here because when I saw this combo kit I was still hunting and when i went back to buy, it was gone so I made a mad dash for the other Store across town and picked it up while someone else was grazing the Lowe's Router Isle. I hope he did not want the combo because I snoozed on the first one but was not going to snooze and lose this one. LOL
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