Well, I’ve already jumped on the good tools are well worth the money bandwagon. My router was of the $35 variety, and I’ve had no end of problems with it. Today, while in the middle of a cut, the router bit started to come out. This thing just isn’t safe. I’m going to get a new one, and need some advice. I’d like to keep it under $200 if possible, and have been looking in the used/reconditioned market on Amazon.com.
For a plunge router (what I’m interested in) does 2 1/4hp vs 1 3/4 hp make a difference?
Better to go with a new sears craftsman/skill (the lower end) or a reconditioned porter cable?
Is 1/2" colled really necessary? The only template bit I was able to find is a nice freud one, but it’s a 1/4" shank, and I was using the adapter with my current POS router.
Thanks for the help. If I had the dinero I’d go with a shiny new porter cable or dewalt, but that’s not really an option with the higher HP models right now.