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#1 posted 10-28-2019 11:58 PM

If it were me and I had the money for a new router I’d use that money to buy a Craigslist Bosch or PC and a lift. Being able to adjust the depth with a lift vs using the fixed base in the table is, to me, invaluable and worth the investment. Unless you’re doing production work the hp of those routers are fine IMHO. Just remember that the 911 can only accommodate 1/4” bits. I have a PC that lives in the table and a 1617 and a 911 for handheld work. The PC is not variable speed but for the one or two times every 2 years that I need to slow it down I break out the cheapie HF variable speed controller. Usually, burning is a result of either a dull bit or moving the stock too slow across the bit or trying to take too big of a cut. What I have always wanted was a D-handle for my Bosch like they make for a PC. Turns out they make one that is for the 1618 that fits the 1617 that I bought for $25 from a LJ member. Using that and a Bosch edge guide works well for me.

I also have a $25 HF trim router that a 3/8” round-over lives in.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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