I'm looking to replace my ryobi router. It does ok for light routing, but i want a router with a little more power. I have been looking at Ridgid and porter Cable. Any suggestions on what brands to look at or stay away from?
I'm a big Bosch fan. Their newest routers look great. Having the on off switch in the handle is a BIG plus. They also have lights in it. I would like to have that feature.
I also prefer their template guides over the Porter Cable style. Push a lever, drop in the template guide, release and your done. Don't have to screw it together or have it loosen on you when you're in a middle of a cut. I used a Porter Cable type once and routed the inside of it because it came loose. Thank God it was brass...LOL
If you go with any of the quality routers out there, I'm sure you won't go wrong. Porter Cable, Bosch, Dewalt, Ridgid, Titan, ETC. They all make good routers and have many satisfied customers. Just look for features you like/need. Like having lights that make it easier to see what your routing (VERY important if you have aging eyes). They type of template guides that you prefer. dust collection for it. If it comes with extra base that you can mount in a table. That way you can remove the router and put it in a seconday base, it's quicker and less agravating than having to unscrew it from the table every time you need it for hand use (been there, done it). My bosch came with a standard base and a plunge base. I mounted the standard base in the table and used the plunge base for handheld work. worked really good for me.
As you learned , stay away from cheap and look for options you want, and you will be happy.
You won't find a better table mounted router than a PC 7518. If your an avid woodworker and buy anything else, in time you will end up with the PC. As far as handheld and plunge, it really depends on how it feels to you but stay with 2 hp.
Woodcraft has been a good supplier for me. Lately though, their website has become maddeningly slow. I suspect it because of all the photos they put in there.
895 should make a decent table router, I believe the newer ones have above table height adjustments and above table bit changes. You will still need to go underneath for speed settings but those aren't (supposed to be) done dynamically. As has been stated, there are many, many good routers out there. I use a Freud 1700 in a portable table and a Freud 3000 in a large table.