Best Router for under $200.00 ?

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Forum topic by ericandcandi posted 10-10-2008 03:42 AM 2866 views 1 time favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-10-2008 03:42 AM

Ok here is my problem, I received a 200.00 spring event gift card from Lowes and its burning a hole in my pocket. My plan is to by my first new tool for my completely empty garage/workshop. It wil be a router but which one should it be? I will be using it in a router table and maybe outside of the table until I can afford another router.It has to come from Lowes and It should cost less than 200.00 without tax. I posted the same question at the Wood Whisperer and majority said the Freud FT1702VCEK combo kit for 199.00, Does everyone here think thats a good buy? Please let me know….Thanks

-- ericandcandi in Louisiana- Home of the "LSU Tigers"

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#1 posted 10-10-2008 03:50 AM

I like the PC 690 1 3/4 hp. You can get another base from PC for $49, or ebay for $29 like I did and just mount that in homemade table and you only need one motor. I have 6 PC’s and 3 ryobis over the years. 2 ryobi’s have gone, but all pc’s are still kickin’

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#2 posted 10-11-2008 05:40 AM

I’ve got the Freud among others and don’t think you can beat it, especially as it eliminates the need for a lift when used in a table.

-- RTB. stray animals are just looking for love

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#3 posted 10-11-2008 06:48 AM

I like Tooldads idea. I have a PC on my christmas list.

-- Adrian ..... The 11th Commandment...."Thou Shalt Not Buy A Wobble Dado"

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#4 posted 10-11-2008 12:21 PM

I’ve used PC’s and Freud. I have a Freud and like it. But, I’ve been using a long straight bit in it and the bearings can’t handle it smoothly. I never had that problem when I was doing solid surface with the PC. Either would still be a good choice. But, as I remember, the PC would tackle anything without a whimper.

-- arborial reconfiguration specialist

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#5 posted 10-11-2008 01:09 PM

i have a 2 1/4” hp dewalt combo that i got from lowes. things a beast. its never slowed down for me once and has even been dropped off of my workbench (opps) but it still keeps on kickin.

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#6 posted 10-11-2008 03:47 PM

If you get a pc and it sounds at all wrong take it back. The last one I got was a dud and didn’t hold up. Hopefully they fixed it, but then again the last router I got was a rigid.

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#7 posted 10-11-2008 04:33 PM

If you would like to go even cheaper, the Sears craftsman 2hp fixed base router is great, its only like 90 bucks. It actually looks and acts alot like the new porter cables. Compare the pictures and they look like they were made in the same factory. Non the less, this router is amazing, I have it in a table and it runs very well, it has variable speed, and it never really slows down. It comes with an edge guide, a 1/2 and 1/4 inch collet. It also has lights under the base of the motor so that as your routing, you can see what your doing, Which by the way is very very helpful, when free handing signs and what not. I don’t know if your a craftsman person, because alot of people think there products are cheap, and I’ll agree with that on alot of there items but this router is definitely one exemption. 11 out of 10 stars, check it out, you will not be disappointed.

-- Tyler, Illinois

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