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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-30-2009, 01:40 AM Thread Starter
 
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are they PCable, Triton, Bosch or other. And what model of your preferred brand. Please skip Festool which is way to expensive. I have not bought a full sized router in many years. Now is the time. I want to use it for cabinet-making generally (including joints and decorative add ons. I wonder if the kits including both a standard and a plunge base are a good buy or do they have deficiencies. Thanks for your help.
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Good morning Steven I think that you might look at the craftsman routers. The red top router is a best buy, or a good value. I am not sure of price at this time, but it offers the soft start and i believe that you can adjust above table. I have one below that, and i like it also. The combo was under $100.00 This week end. In all honesty, most of them are good today, It all depends at your idea of a good product. Others will be along shortly. I will good shopping, and don't forget the on line specials!

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are they PCable, Triton, Bosch or other. And what model of your preferred brand. Please skip Festool which is way to expensive. I have not bought a full sized router in many years. Now is the time. I want to use it for cabinet-making generally (including joints and decorative add ons. I wonder if the kits including both a standard and a plunge base are a good buy or do they have deficiencies. Thanks for your help.
I am a big fan of Bosch routers, have a bunch of them and use themall of teh time. I also have a couple Porter Cable routers and know of nothing wrong with them either. I also think you are best off getting the dual-base kits, especially when this is the first good routing setup.

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Just waiting on delivery of the Sears combo, I hope it is as good as folks say it is. I have a Ridgid that I am over all well pleased with. It too is a combo with a above top hight adjustment plus you could change bit also. Ilike it and trusting I will like the new one.

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i agree with Howard. the craftsman is a great choice.

i have the craftsman, the bosch, the pc, and an older b&d.

the pc is heavy, a pia to adjust but works great. pc seems to have lost its quality and lustre lately.
the bosch works great.
the craftsman works great and is a copy of the bosch, but it has led lights and it adjusts a lot easier than the bosch.

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Anyone tried the Makita RP2301?

I was about to order the 3612 when I saw this one, and took a chance and bought one, but have not got it home yet.
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