Hi John and welcome
As a fellow European I'll point out what our North American colleagues are possibly unaware of - the almost complete lack of fixed base router models in Europe for much of the last 35 or more years. I've been using plunge routers since selling my Stanleys back in the late 1970s, Elus to start with, deWalt and other brands later on, and personally I can see no advantages to fixed base (other than possibly cost), because a plunge router can do everything a fixed base router can do, and an awful lot more besides. I'm not sure what makes you have in the Norwegian market, but the "big name" brands here in the UK include deWalt, Bosch, Festool, Metabo, Trend, Mafell, Virutex, Makita and Hitachi. We don't see some of the more specialist German makes any more, such Scheer, or Freud/Felisatti from Spain/Italy (they are one and the same these days) but it doesn't make too much difference because there's a fairly good range available to us. The DIY ranges we see include Ryobi, AEG, Black & Decker, Einhell and Perles plus a host of low-cost Chinese imports. Some of those names may not be familiar to those across the pond
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Last edited by Phil P; 02-20-2015 at 05:59 PM.