Jronman Posted April 4, 2017 Report Share Posted April 4, 2017 I've been looking around at routers. I have explored various models from various companies. I plan on doing 3/4" dado work and round overs with this router. If I build any work benches I may use a spiral bit for dog cutting. I may eventually install it into a router table with router lift. I want a router that has good height adjustment, accepts both 1/4" and 1/2" collets, and works with the DeWALT track attachment. If there is a better track attachment I would be open to suggestion. I will be going with DeWALT rails for now. I plan to get the Flexvolt track saw when it becomes available in the states. I figured a plunge router would be good for these tasks. In my research I tended to gravitate towards the 3 hp models. There's a point in which you want to go a bit more than you need for the "just incase moments" but I'm not sure if I would need 3 hp model. Is it too much or would a smaller model be sufficient. Each router I looked at have pros and cons. I would be open to suggestions. The more I think about it a 2ish hp model may be sufficient but I have done the most research on 3ish hp models. I may do some research on some 2ish hp models when I get the time Heres what I found for 3ish hp models The Milwaukee Price: 309.00 usd Pros: seemed like it had good height adjustment with above table adjustment, 36 position speed dial, most powerful, nice big handles Cons: it is fixed base only, one review said the bit change can be tricky when mounted under a table, no led, no apparent dust collection The DeWALT Price: 277.97 usd Pros: Plunge base, Dust collection, includes 1/4" and 1/2" collets, lighter weight of the bunch, accepts the track adapter for sure Cons: weak handles, no led The Bosch Price: 335.33 usd Pros: Plunge base, Dust collection, includes 1/4" and 1/2" collets, precision centering design, turret adjustment is more than 3 positions Cons: dust port is weak, no led, heavier one of the bunch The Makita Price: 299.99 usd Pros: Plunge base, dual led, electric brake, chip deflector, 2-3/4" plunge capacity, fan designed to keep dust out of motor, includes 1/4" and 1/2" collets Cons: heavier one of the bunch, no apparent dust collection The Festool Price: 920.00 usd Pros: Rolls Royce of routers not much else to say Cons: Heaviest of the bunch, Most expensive of the bunch, no 1/4" collect included, no power rating listed, no led Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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