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Router Table recommendation

Ahoy all! I recently acquired a Bosch router table which I’m excited to work with. It’s the Bosch RA1181 Benchtop Router Table, and I was curious if anyone has any recommendations for a router to go with it. I currently have an old plunge router from Harbor Freight, so I’m looking to get a new router for this table. I expect that the router I get will be a dedicated router for the table, but I suppose I may take it out from time to time. Although I have used router tables before, I have never set one up. I’m not sure what is considered desirable for a router table router, so any suggestions you have would be awesome. Also, I heard from a friend of mine that Porter-Cable routers are not always compatible with other brands and that I should check ahead of time to make sure I don’t get something I can’t use. My price range is $100-$250ish. I had been looking at PORTER-CABLE 895PK, but I wasn’t sure if it would fit because of what my friend said. Anyway, if someone could steer me towards something good I’d appreciate it. Thanks!
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This is one of the most popular routers and for good reason. It's the best. And the fixed base stays with the table enabling you to remove the motor for plunge use. The best of both worlds.

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Bosch 1617EVSPK 12 Amp 2.25 HP Combination Plunge and Fixed-Base Router Kit

I got two. One under the table and one for other stuff.
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Weight is not an issue when a router is mounted. You can buy and install the biggest, baddest, heaviest beast of a router on the market, because you won't have to hold it.
This is totally different from my choice for a hand-held router.
If you are buying a router specifically for mounting, I would not consider anything under 2 1/2 horsepower.
Since you have the Bosch table, you might look at a Bosch, but there are several good brands to choose from.
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Your Bosch router table should accept all of the Bosch routers without problems. In agreement with mengtian, the Bosch model 1619EVSPK is within your $ budget, will fit your table, AND give you the best of both fixed and hand routing operations. Consider also having collets for 1/4" and 1/2" - as there are some router bits that are not manufactured in both sizes. Perhaps later on your may choose to build/buy a stand-alone router table using your present router top. Be safe.
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Take a look at the Triton, it has above table height adjustment and automatic spindle lock for one wrench bit changes.


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