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#1 posted 09-07-2018 06:36 AM

What do you guys think of this deal?

- LeopoldWallace

That Freud router is built like a tank. It has huge capacities for work, however as a handheld tool it might be a bit unwieldy for a person starting out. Kept in the router table, and you’ll want for nothing. Pull it out, and like I said your holding a tank, but a very capable tank. For that money I’d suggest stretching your budget, and also buying a Bosch Colt trim router for your handheld stuff. Nothing at all wrong with the Hitachi, or DeWalley units, it’s just the Colt works for what you want to do as a standard tool, so no need to buy a plunge base. I’ve seen them on sale at Menards with 11% off making them 54 bux + tax. For that much firepower, that is hard to beat. I’ve got a half dozen or so of them, and they work hard for a trimmer.

Just make darn sure you get to run that Freud, when Bosch bought them out, part of the agreement was they quit selling routers in the US, and it seems parts flow also stopped, so if they get broke, they tend to stay broke. So if you run that one, and anything EXCEPT a router sound is present, just walk away. I’ve got 3 of them all used fairly heavily for 7 years, a few years back, and I still count all of them among my living routers.

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