Plunge Routers

Bosch RA1171 Cabinet Style Router Table

However, instead of coming with two collets (half-inch and quarter-inch), it comes with a half-inch collet plus a quarter-inch adapter. This seems like a minor difference, but a 2006 comparison review in Workbench magazine finds that it does cause some bit slippage — a major drawback in a wood router. In this bigger size range, reviews prefer the 15-amp Bosch 1619EVS (*Est.
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Fixed-Base Routers

If you go for a kit – a cost-effective idea – then, as noted below, the Bosch kit gets higher ratings. If you only want a fixed-base router, though, reviews say the lighter Milwaukee 5615-21 is very comfortable. Though designed for one-handed use, the Milwaukee can also be gripped around the body with both hands. The Journal of Light Construction likes the way the Milwaukee fastens to your hand with a Velcro-type strap, making one-handed routing safer and easier.
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The RA1170 edge forming dust extraction hood allows edge forming with bits that have bearings from 1/4 to 1/2 inch in diameter. The RA1172 kit for use with the 1617 and 1618 series routers includes a hood for work on flat surfaces as well as the RA1170 edge forming hood. The RA1173 kit, designed for use with the new 1617PK and EVSPK router combination packs includes both of those hoods plus a hood for the new plunge base. The new plunge base is also available separately as the RA1166 for those who already have the Bosch 1617 and 1618 series fixed-base routers.
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