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I'm looking at making some templates and getting started as a whole. I've had this big bulky Ryobi router for ever and it does a good job but it's bulky to move around and difficult to see your work. There was a Makita Model # RT0701C trim router at the local Depot for $149 that looked solid. Just not totally sold on the knob on the back that seems like it would impede your grip.

Any chatter over routers?
 

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My favourite router is a 30 year old craftsman router. Big bulky and smooth. My best router is the trim router from Ridgid. light but smooth and adjustable speed.
 

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I had a Rigid trim router for years, great little router. I burnt it out.....or maybe I should say the wife burnt it out. She got way too close to me one day while I was changing hands while routeing the edge of a counter top. Wound up in her shirt, stalled, and burnt out before I even had a chance to react. Almost tore the arm off her shirt. Sure glad I got her shoulder and not her hair. B#(*

I have a Bosch Colt trim router now now. For big 1/2" routers, I have an old Bosch and an even older Craftsman. Both refuse to die. A very positive height adjustment is important. You don't want it drifting on you while making a neck pocket.
 

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My favourite router I own is this one, or something similar to this:

Bosch also makes a similar kit, which I would have purchased just as well. The Porter Cable was a free points redemption thing if I remember correctly, so options weren't abundant.
I use it the most, out of 5 routers I own.
Its from to 600 series, maybe a 693LRPK? similar to the above photo. Its got plenty of jam and like most 1/2 collet routers can also switch to a 1/4 collet with the included 1/4 collet, something a smaller combo router like the Bosch Colt (another go to in my shop) won't do (in that its only a 1/4 shank router).

I use it to radius finger boards

Planing large slabs:

And of course route all the cavities and such.

One other router definitely worth getting, as I'd previously mentioned, is the Bosch Colt, with variable speed keep in mind as some are just on/off.
I use it for all recessed cavities, round overs, binding channels, as well as when I make pick guards and control cavity covers.



 

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Hey buyusfear, thanks for the input. I seen the porter cable at lowes and I really dig the inc. plunge option. I also really dig your blank plane jig.
 

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I have a Bosch 1617 with fixed and plunge base and it is pretty sweet. I am not a "router guy" but this thing has loads of power and is very smooth. I am waiting on the new Colt router to come out. 1.25 hp in a palm router.
 

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I have a Bosch 1617 with fixed and plunge base and it is pretty sweet. I am not a "router guy" but this thing has loads of power and is very smooth. I am waiting on the new Colt router to come out. 1.25 hp in a palm router.

There's a new Colt coming out?? I bought one a while back, I think it is 1.0hp.

I'm partial to Bosch. I have a 1617 with both bases and I do like it.... BUT - I don't like the fact that the depth stop on the plunge base has some play in it. Have never liked that. I recently bought a Bosch MR23EVS and I like it a LOT more. Just the plunge base; no need for another with another with a fixed base. This thing is a BEAST!! Tons of power, no play in the depth stop. Love it.

For the router table, hands down the best router is the Hitachi M12V.
 
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