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Bosch vs Porter Cable

I have a Hitachi 2-1/4 HP router with a fixed base and a plunge base. It's pretty much a piece of junk.

I'm looking to change to another router and I have a little PC trim router that I like, but I've also found a Bosch that's similar size, features, and price.

Anybody have any idea if one is better than the other?
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Good question...They were both good in the past but unsure of the current models.

I told work I wanted all yellow(Dewalt) but unsure if the current yellow is good,better or worse...

Curious myself....
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Porter Cable and DeWalt are owned by the same people, believe it or not.
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I picked up 2 of the Bosch MRC23EVSK routers. It has a plunge and fixed base. It has a light that shines down into the work area which is very nice. The motor seems much more powerful than the 2.3HP they claim. I have a 1617EVS which is 2.25HP and doesn't have the power of the new Bosch.

Only PC stuff I do is belt sanders.

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Routers are different..
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I picked up 2 of the Bosch MRC23EVSK routers. It has a plunge and fixed base. It has a light that shines down into the work area which is very nice. The motor seems much more powerful than the 2.3HP they claim. I have a 1617EVS which is 2.25HP and doesn't have the power of the new Bosch.

Only PC stuff I do is belt sanders.
PC belt sanders suck unless your left handed...Try Bosch.. A used Bosch is worth more than a new PC..

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Only belt sander I use now is the PC 2 1/2 x 14 mini sander for scribing.

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I picked up 2 of the Bosch MRC23EVSK routers. It has a plunge and fixed base. It has a light that shines down into the work area which is very nice. The motor seems much more powerful than the 2.3HP they claim. I have a 1617EVS which is 2.25HP and doesn't have the power of the new Bosch.

Only PC stuff I do is belt sanders.
I like a good light!
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Only belt sander I use now is the PC 2 1/2 x 14 mini sander for scribing.
What are you doing on face frames?
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I have a Bosch 1617 EVSPK router and it came with the plunge and fixed bases does everything I've asked of it without any issues, I even picked up the edge guide too.

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Bosch jig saws are good but their routers are lousy. The bits don't stay in the router very good and the motor doesn't stay fixed in the base very good. I had one and used two that belonged to someone else and they all had this problem. Mine just couldn't take being thrown against the wall so I replaced it with a harbor freight router.
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It's a personal subjective choice, but I've come to like my Milwaukee routers better than any. MW uses a standard base opening that accepts the standard PC bushings and accessories without the need for an adapter, they a very stout motor for the amp rating, an excellent plunge base, and the Body Grip feature is awesome. If you'll be using this router for a lot of hand use, give strong consideration for how it feels in your hands. If it's for table use, variable speed is a must, and topside features are convenient.
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Yes I should have specified...

I have a dedicated table router. This will be predominately hand use using 1/2" bits.
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Bosch jig saws are good but their routers are lousy. The bits don't stay in the router very good and the motor doesn't stay fixed in the base very good. I had one and used two that belonged to someone else and they all had this problem. Mine just couldn't take being thrown against the wall so I replaced it with a harbor freight router.
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Newer or older?
I guess I would have to say older as any of the routers I used were made before 1995.
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I guess I would have to say older as any of the routers I used were made before 1995.
I use a lot of the 1613-1614 Bosch plunge routers which I really like. Have a few Dewalt 625 and 621 I never use...

You've been missing out on a lot... Even I used them old stanley routers in the 70-80's with the plastic locking nuts that drove ya nuts.
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That DeWalt 621 was probably one of the finest routers ever built, and still is.
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That DeWalt 621 was probably one of the finest routers ever built, and still is.
I bought the the Dewalt 621 and immediately stuck it under a router table..So......................................... .......................Ok...I got nothing
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I bought the the Dewalt 621 and immediately stuck it under a router table..So......................................... .......................Ok...I got nothing
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Not exactly the right tool in a router table.
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That DeWalt 621 was probably one of the finest routers ever built, and still is.
I prefer to have an interchangeable base.
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