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View Poll Results: Favorite Router Manufacturer
Dewalt 59 10.48%
Porter Cable 210 37.30%
Bosch 83 14.74%
Freud 25 4.44%
Milwaukee 11 1.95%
Fein 1 0.18%
Makita 17 3.02%
Triton 35 6.22%
Craftsman 27 4.80%
Hitachi 41 7.28%
Other (specify) 54 9.59%
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post #11 of 87 (permalink) Old 03-27-2005, 06:04 AM
 
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My favorites are P.C. and Craftsman. The one I dislike the most is Bosch. The bits always stick in the collect. I can never get them out. I called and e-mailed Bosch and got no replies. I posted on all the woodworking forumns and with all the advice I got from people was much apprieciated but none of it worked. I even brought it to a tool repair place by me and he didn't know. I did read on Bosch's own forumn a lot of complaints about it and still no replies from Bosch. I have 6 routers in all but the one I seem to go for most of the time is the Craftsman. There light weight, great features: I like 1 wrench bit changes! I prefer there hand grips. I Can afford to own multiples of there routers. I know the quality is not as good as all the rest but "you can buy the professional paint brush or you can buy cheap ones and throw them out after the job."When the job is done you can't tell if I used my PC or Sears. The Bosch I left a Dovetail bit in it and the router only gets used for that. I even bought a Bosch Cook top to replace the 40yr old one I had in my Kitchen and it doesn't work right. The igniters either don't turn on or don't turn off. The repair man is here constantly and getting parts is impossible. I don't trust Bosch as a company. Sorry for the rant! Back to Routers - Kris
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post #12 of 87 (permalink) Old 03-27-2005, 06:09 AM
 
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Who is your preferred router manufacturer

Dewalt
Porter Cable
Bosch
Freud
Fein
Milwaukee
Makita
Triton
Hitachi
Craftsman
Other (specify)
I've only used 1, a "Ryobi R161." Gets the job done.
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Porter Cable is my preferred router. Good control and ease of operation.

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Who is your preferred router manufacturer

Dewalt
Porter Cable
Bosch
Freud
Fein
Milwaukee
Makita
Triton
Hitachi
Craftsman
Other (specify)
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After doing this for over 23 years I have to say that my favorite now is the Festool 2000 and the 1010. My guys in the shop will wait for one to become avaible even with a full shelf of PCs. Hands down its Festtol here.
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I am new to routing and my one and only purchase was a bosch 1617. Seemed to be a very good deal from Amazon.com and reviews were excellent. Sofar I feel it was a good choice. Jim
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Porter-Cable. Quite simply it gets the job done!!
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I do a fair amount of routering signs and I've used a craftsman for several years with no problems. It's just a 1 1/2 horse and is easy to handle and the light helps see your design. For the big stuff I use a Freud 3 1/4 plunge. Lots of power and easy to adjust.
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For hand use I have 2 Porter Cable, plunge & fixed.
For table use I have a Triton that I wouln't trade for any.
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post #20 of 87 (permalink) Old 03-27-2005, 10:55 AM
 
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Who is your preferred router manufacturer

Dewalt
Porter Cable
Bosch
Freud
Fein
Milwaukee
Makita
Triton
Hitachi
Craftsman
Other (specify)
I have a Triton, Ryobi RE600, Porter Cable with a fixed base and a plunge base, 2 Craftsman 1/4 inch collet routers. For most use I prefer the Triton, for table use I use the Ryobi mostly, for light hand held work I use the Porter Cable.

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