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    Quote Originally Posted by Wardrop View Post
    Back to routers. What about the Makita MT M3600G. Would that likely be a better bet than the Ryobi? It's 12.7mm and 1650w. No speed control, but sounds like that's not an essential feature.
    That is their consumer grade range.

    This is probably a bit small:

    https://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/sout...600/1217227004

    This is better but no accessories:

    https://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/bacc...ter/1218655980

    Old but 1500W

    https://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/woll...pan/1216553840

    If you are determined to buy new so be it, but if it were me I'd try for an old makita 1500 - 2000W or hitachi at the right price. As I say you can move it on later for little or no loss and it will get you going.
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    Hope the mods are ok with this in here...

    I had this Hitachi 1700W router up earlier in the year and it never sold Hitachi M12SA2 router
    Let me know if you're interested and I'll see what I can sort out with freight.

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    I'm ok with second-hand, it's just hard to know what I'm looking for and what's a good deal on the various models as it's hard to know what they're actually worth. There's a few good options of eBay. Was just thinking that a consumer grade device like the Maktec might be all I need.

    I'll keep your router in mind Elan.

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    If you definitely don't want variable speed, I would suggest taking Elan up on his offer. It's a good router.

    It's a little annoying that there isn't much available new with variable speed between the cheap, mediocre Ryobi and the big, expensive makita or hitachi models. I have an old (almost dead) example of the latter, a Hitachi M12V, and that's not ideal either, being a bit heavy and unwieldy for hand holding.

    My own search for a replacement with the fewest compromises led me to a rather left-field choice detailed in another thread.

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    You could do as I did: look up eBay.UK for an older Elu 177e. This is the forerunner of the DeWalt 625. This Elu is possibly the best router ever made. I have two of the 177e models, one purchased 30 years ago, and a second for the router table 18 months ago. It cost about $150 including all shipping.

    Variable speed, 2 1/4 hp, 1/2 " spindle. Solid and dependable.





    There is no better at the price for a large router.

    Next, for a mid size is the Elu OF97e ... forerunner of the DeWalt 621. This is 1/4" and variable speed. Best dust control on the planet


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    I ended up getting a Hitachi TR-12 with a 4 good quality bits (Carb-i-tool) thrown in for $160 delivered on eBay. It's in very good condition, just with saw dust and a bit of service rust on some parts due to storage. Decided to take it apart and give it a good clean and put it back together. Have yet to cut any chips with it yet though.

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