I need a new router to mount in a table to do panel work and am leaning toward the new Bosch 1619 EVS. I've read every post about routers on this site and still have a few questions.
1) Do any of you have this router and are you happy with it?
2) Do I need more than a 3" opening for a 3 1/4" bit?
3) Is the Bosch ($319) that much better than a Freud ($180).
If you know any of the following answers I would appreciate a little help. Thanks in advance.
I think the 1619 is relatively new so you probably won't get much comparason(sp).
I do however have the Ft2000 and its a work horse in the table and Mad Mark is another who has this machine and appears to be well satisfied with it.You might check patwarner.com and see if he has any thing to say about the 1619. it seems I remember reading some early reports that sounded on the positive side
Bosch in general, their tool are not as well built as they were in the past, like their world famous jig saw, it was made in Switzerland, now assembled in the US. The saws look the same, they don't perform the same. Another thing, their customer service sucks. I repair woodworking tools for a living and hate dealing with them. Makita's 3612c is a better buy, in my opinion, it has a stronger motor and has a better track record. You might also look at the Fein routers, not cheep but worth the money.
...I'd get what you like.
Because it is YOUR shop and YOU are the one who needs to be happy with it.
As far as a sander is concerned, I very highly recommend ROS's for about all shop sanding. And as well hosing them to your shop vac system.
Unless you have a big compressor, I recommend the electrics to folks.
Limey is tickled with his. I don't remember what brand it is, I don't really care either. As long as HE is happy with it, that's what counts.
I'm dedicated to PC and American made stuff myself. I do have a Bosch jig saw I love the hell out of, and some Makita cordless's I'd kill for to keep.
But your choices must please ONLY you. That's the real world bottom line my friend. :D