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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 #1 of 87 (permalink) Old 11-04-2004, 06:24 AM Thread Starter
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Since most of us only have experience with the routers we own, the results are predictable. Unless of course we really screwed up or couldn't afford the one we wanted.

(Thus) I choose my first, the Hitachi, which is a big heavy plunger.

And second I choose my second, a Bosch EVS1617 fixed base. Great light tool for hand-held non-plunge applications. sure beats having to remove the first from the table.

Both are soft-start variable speed, which I heartily recommend.
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post #6 of 87 (permalink) Old 02-18-2005, 08:50 PM
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I have a Hitachi M8, which is about 10 years old, so no soft start and such, and I have a Hitachi M12, not a M12V, but the old M12. I bought it used for about $50, so I could not say no. I has been modified and put in my soon to be finished Router Table. I got a router controler thing to setting the speed of the router in the table. One of the things I like best about the Hitachi router is that with only a 1/4 turn the bits are tight, or loose, this is a nice feature when you are changing bits in the table.

I have a Router Raizer on the M12 in the table, seems to work well, and I made my own Router Raiser for the M8, it also seems to work well.

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I will have to choose Bosch because that is my first purchase of one and I still have my 21 year old B & D that is noisy but gets the job done.
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No votes for Craftsman, there's a shocker! *laughs* My first router was a Craftsman "professional" router, and paid quite a bit more for it than my new Hitachi M12V. There's no comparison in terms of quality, fit and finish, my Hitachi wins hands down.

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post #9 of 87 (permalink) Old 03-27-2005, 04:50 AM
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My first router was a craftman, with rack and pinion micro adjustments, since then i've owned 16 different routers. at present i have 12craftman routers.for there cost and realibity they cant be beat! i own a small wood working shop where i mfg. minicampers. using different routers with a varyity of bit profiles,makes pattern cutting easy,and fast,.
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post #10 of 87 (permalink) Old 03-27-2005, 05:53 AM
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I sell routers as well as use them, so I've got a different perspective than most of you. Most router users don't use router forums.

My router is a Porter-Cable 690. It's very popular in my store; on three-day weekends for government employees, we get cleaned out quick.

The most popular router I carry, though, is the Ryobi. It's cheap and will turn router bits; around here (Fayetteville, NC) Cheap sells far better than Good or even Safe. Some of the people who buy it get serious about woodworking and start seeing bits they'd like to use--and can't because the Ryobi has the split-motor-shaft chucking system, which won't hold half-inch shanks. At that point, you have another Porter-Cable 690 customer.

However, if I didn't know about the plethora of accessories designed specifically to fit the PC 690, I'd look very hard at the little Milwaukee soft-grip router. It is very sweet.
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