Well, about a year ago I quit smoking so my family was very generous and proud and surprised me by taking me out to dinner. They also got me a gift card to Farm n Fleet and Woodcraft, so I think I'm going to spend on a router since I don't have one Well I don't have a lot of experience with routers, but I looked at the Porter Cable 893PK at farm n fleet and was impressed by it's feel and 2 seperate bases to attach. Also any router I've handled was a Porter Cable so I figured they have to be doing something right since all these people have one but they really do feel sturdy to me.
Then I picked up this 2009 Tool Guide edition of Fine Woodworking magazine and they have reviews on routers. I saw this 2 1/4 Triton that they labeled best overall, best value, and reader's choice. So I ran over to Woodcraft to check this thing out. They actually didn't have that one in stock, just the 3 hp one, but I grabbed at and looked around a bit. It seemed ok, a little more on the chinsy side compared to the porter cable, but I've never seen it work, so if it performs otherwise then I stand corrected.
Now I'm not one to just go run out and get something because a magazine recommends it so that's why I'm askin the pros here Especially since the magazine pointed out little things like the PC being so "inconvienent" because you need 2 wrenches to change the bit... little stuff like that isn't really a selling point to me. Both have problems I would assume. I did a little research on the PC and found that people were complaining about the plunge base right out of the box and that the above-table adjustment is a bit iffy. I also read that the Triton has some problems with the micro adjustment failing. I found this link http://www.onlinetoolreviews.com/rev...tonrouter2.htm which was very helpful (especially if I go with this one to set it up). But it seems like you have to do a little messing around with the Triton to get it performing properly. Also it feels a little cheaper. I also read that a lot of people who own the PC had to send the plunge base in to be fixed right when they opened it. Does anyone have experience with either of these routers? Has Triton worked on fixing this micro adjustment problem? Once again I'm no expert at routers so anything you guys wanna throw at me feel free! Thanks again for all the help everyone!