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Q: Woodworking Routers ( No Answer,   4 Comments )
Subject: Woodworking Routers
Category: Sports and Recreation > Hobbies and Crafts
Asked by: sjlaw-ga
List Price: $5.00
Posted: 25 Jan 2005 18:57 PST
Expires: 24 Feb 2005 18:57 PST
Question ID: 463393
What is the best rated plunge router in the 2-3 HP range?
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Subject: Re: Woodworking Routers
From: just4fun2-ga on 26 Jan 2005 10:22 PST
Fine woodworking has articles on this subject:
Subject: Re: Woodworking Routers
From: sjlaw-ga on 26 Jan 2005 18:01 PST
Unfortunately the highest rated router in the Fine Woodworking reviews
is no longer being sold.
Subject: Re: Woodworking Routers
From: just4fun2-ga on 27 Jan 2005 11:25 PST
I just read an article in Fine Woodworking about combination routers,
plunging and with a flip of a lever - nonplunging - Skill was the best
value at around $100.00 bucks 2 1/4 hp as I recall.  The best ranged
from Porter/Cable to Borsch. I believe the most expensive was 250.00 
After looking over the ratings - they all were about the same.  These
were kind of cool in that with a flip of a level the router became a
plunger, so to speak..... :)  As far as quality of the cut - they all
rated the same.  I think this was in Dec. issue.

The one I found the most interesting is the model made by Ryobi.  The
reason is that it had the "D" shaped handle and came with a straight
guide.  The top rated ones had options that needed or could be
purchased.  Ryobi rated great in all the tests. Plus the price was

I believe when you get up into the high end products made by
Porter/Cable or Borsch you're not going to go wrong.
Subject: Re: Woodworking Routers
From: just4fun2-ga on 28 Jan 2005 10:26 PST
Hi again, well I have the article.  The article is about "Router Combo
Kits" in the Dec 2004 issue. Basically you get two routers for the
price of one. They come with interchangeable bases.  Cool stuff.

Here are the results:
Best overall There are two:
Bosch 1617EVSPK         Price $230.00
Porter Cable 895Pk      Price $270.00
Best Value:
Skill 1825              Price $100.00

The problem with the skill is that it does NOT have a soft start
feature which keeps the router from twisting on start up.

I hope this helps.

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