looking into buying my first router. Currently im looking at the Bosch 2.25 hp with the fixed and plunge base (1617EVSPK). I do want a fixed and plunge base set up... any suggestions for me to look into? I have heard people love these routers, and I have heard people love cheap-o routers from Harbor Freight... I dont want to go that cheap, but looking for suggestions.
I've never owned a Bosch router but the Bosch hand held jig saw is awesome. If the router is as good as their Saw, it will be a great tool. I've looked at the Bosch router. I like the soft start feature. 2.25 hp will give you plenty of power for hand routing.
First, you'll never have just one router! After 45 years of woodworking, I think I have about 10 routers, but I'm not sure, it could be more!
While I do not own a Bosch router, I have their job site 10 table saw 4100-09 and a Bosch jig/saber saw, both are really well made and have given me NO issues. The kit you referenced would be a great place to start out. You can go bigger if you need to make large raised panels., but 2.25 Hp is plenty of power. You can go smaller and get the Bosch Colt OR a Dewalt 1 1/4 Hp trim router, which I like.
Understand that the plunge base is for starting in the middle part of a board, like making a mortise. The plunge base raises the router bit up under spring pressure which you can not disable... easily.
The fixed base is good for trimming the outer edges OR mounting under a table. For an under table mount, look for a base that can be adjusted for height from ABOVE the table using a wrench. This is a very important and useful feature. It will almost replace a router lift which will save you some money, short term.