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  • #16
    The saga continues ...
    First and foremost I am getting the TS3612 this weekend. After I get what I need for it, IF there is any money left over, I will consider the router purchase. It may just have to wait. A friend has let me borrow his older Chicago Electric No. 2218 Plunge for the time being. It takes 1/2" bits, which is good ... I don't have any of any type, which is bad So, I may invest in some 1/2" bits and "force" myself to get a 1/2" collet router later, when I can. I can afford the Ryobi now with a HD Gift Card. Of course the PC 9690LR is only $128 and they actually had the 693VSPK in stock at $199 which seems like an excellent deal. I expected it to $200+ and wonder if HD has made a pricing mistake??? They still have the old 693PK and the new 693LRPK at $198 according to the posted signs. I had to ask for a price on the VS kit. At $199 I almost feel like I should snatch it up! I am fairly certain my immediate routing future will simply be round overs and other "decorative" edge work. VS doesn't seem to be that big a deal for what I will do. Decisions, decisions ....
    Alan
    My Shop

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    • #17
      Alan,

      If that's the router you want, Amazon has it for 189.99. Since you stated that your buying the table saw, maybe the extra $10 will help.

      Bob R

      http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...&s=hi&n=228432

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      • #18
        Finally made this decision ... I went ahead and bought the Ryobi RE180PL at HD for $99. I did the Tool Trade 10% off thing to save $10. I really didn't have this is the tool budget but have some upcoming projects that need a router. Spent some time with it today and think it will serve me well as my first router. Very pleased with this purchase.
        Alan
        My Shop

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        • #19
          well i hope it serves you well. i personally would never buy one. (ryobi). but for you this might be all you need. especially if you dont plan to use it all that often. do yourself a favor and put a quality bit in it. this will help your quality somewhat. and once you get comfortable with it, you should be able to make it suit your needs. i have gotten away from the mentality of buying "my first" anything. i figure that if i spend a few extra bucks my first will, with good care and upkeep, will also be my last. i like to buy my tools once.

          ed
          \"A SHIP OF WAR IS THE BEST AMBASSADOR\"<br /><br />OLIVER CROMWELL

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          • #20
            Yeah, me too. My smallest router is a Skil 3/4 hp that I bought in 1958 when a hp was a hp.

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            • #21
              I totally agree, there is nothing more frustrating than having to replace a tool (and explain to the wife why you need another one when you already have one). If you enjoy woodworking and know it's more than a passing fad, spend the money. I am reminded of the saying, never be afraid to buy the best, you will always be happy with it.

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