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Router Recommendation

Looking to upgrade my router to something with better adjustability and capability then my old Ryobi has, plus I need something with plunge functionality. From the little research I have done, it seems that DeWalt has some issues with motors going out and the Bosch is not as user friendly with adjustments from above the table. I was planning to go with one of those two, but if anyone else has a solid recommendation, it would be appreciated. I already have a small trim router too that works pretty well for small jobs, so I really only need a larger/midsize router with pluge/fixed bases. Thanks!
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I have six different routers. For table use I have a 3 1/2 hp Milwaukee. Adjusts from above with an include T-handled wrench. Variable speed, a real workhorse. For medium duty hand held routing, I really like my Milwaukee 1 3/4 hp. Excellent router. I also use a little Bosch Colt, for light duty small profile edging. I have a 3hp Dewalt plunge router that is another real workhorse. But I would not recommend putting a plunge router in a table. Drive you nuts every time you go to adjust it.
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I have several routers but a Makita is my favorite. I have used and abused this Makita router for many years and itís never failed me. It came with a very long cord (important), two collets, D-handle and very nice wrenches. Easy to make height adjustments and very solid when set.

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I have six different routers. For table use I have a 3 1/2 hp Milwaukee. Adjusts from above with an include T-handled wrench. Variable speed, a real workhorse. For medium duty hand held routing, I really like my Milwaukee 1 3/4 hp. Excellent router. I also use a little Bosch Colt, for light duty small profile edging. I have a 3hp Dewalt plunge router that is another real workhorse. But I would not recommend putting a plunge router in a table. Drive you nuts every time you go to adjust it.
Mike Hawkins
I've had a Hitachi 3 1/4 hp plunge router in my table for the last 35 years with a lift, and it works just fine,i can make minute adjustments all day with no problem, of course you have to know enough to remove the plunge springs first.
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