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My preference of routers is DeWalt. A good starting point would be the dw611 and the DW 618.

The 611 is just a bit bigger than a palm router but is equipped with a fixed and plunge base. It is a fantastic tool for treating the edges of work with a round over or chamfer for example. The bases fit standard guide bushings. I find that it has plenty of power for 95% of my handheld routing. There is a dust collection attachment sold for both the plunge base and the fix base that work quite well. The 611 is only available, as far as I know, with 1/4 inch collet.

The 618 is a 2.25 horsepower motor that is available in a kit with a fixed, Plunge and D handle base. It is a variable speed which comes in handy for larger bits and comes with a quarter and half inchcollets. I have this router in my router table all the time. This router will give you plenty of power for both handheld and table routing applications. The only downside of this router is that it may be a little bit underpowered if you plan to use larger raised panel bits. I don't personally care for the look of raised panels so I have never attempted to use a bit larger than 1 and 1/4

I can't remember what each of these tools cost but I feel the pricing is very fair for both.
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