The problem is Pat did his best reviews on routers that just do not hold up today. And many of his jigs had to be reworked and many never were for the best routers out now.
I think he meant the way Pat did the reviews verse actually buying the routers in some of Pat's old reviews. I mean Pat really stuck to some of those old main stay routers that sit on my shelf or long ago I sold off. Pat reviewed how the routers worked and performed for him. Some youtube reviews today are nothing more than going over items the routers have, not how those items work nor perform. New magazines tend to test, but only new out of the box cutting maybe 100 feet at best. Pat actually used the routers for years so if he said it would last it would last.
Better than reviews by experts is get your list of potential router you want and read USER reviews, they show the flaws and reliability issues that come up over time. There will be trends in the reviews that will show other things like is the router good for hand held or table use and how good is dust collection. These actual user reviews hold far more water and are almost always a better judge of the routers than even a review by Pat Warner, especially over time, IMHO.
There are always going to be people that really think 750 people are fake and all went on Amazon, bought a router as a verified purchased and then lied, just becasue their one tool turned out to be a lemon. On the whole actual user ratings whether on this forum, some other woodworking forum or Amazon are better than single "famous" woodworkers or magazines recommendations, IMHO.
Last edited by dovetail_65; 08-19-2017 at 06:14 PM.