Its too bad manufacturers won't stay consistent enough for me to confidently recommend a brand. I can only state my experience. I have a couple Milwaukee 5616-24 combo routers and mainly use the plunge bases. When I bought them everyone seemed to be singing their praises they were the best feeling plunge mechanisms in a 2-1/4HP router that I had found. The last set I bought was about 3 years ago and it was just as good as the set I bought a few years before that. How they fare this afternoon, I dare not say. I returned a DeWalt set as the plunge mechanism was too sloppy; I could deviate over a 32nd of an inch by applying more pressure to one side and then the other and the plunge would bind and then suddenly move. . . not good for a lot of things I do. This was about 5 years ago and I know a lot of people love their DeWalts so this may have been solved. The Bosch kit get a lot of good press from owners. YMMV.
P.s. "I have a couple Milwaukee 5616-24 combo routers", oops, just checked, I actually have three combo bases, one came with the 5615 combo. I'm not absent minded, I just happen to have a small herd of Milwaukees . The 5615 ad 5616 motors will swap between any of the plunge an fixed bases so this works well for me. I have bases setup for certain tasks and just load the motor that is appropriate for the task; 5615 is fixed speed but light in weight, 5616 is VS and packs more punch. Needless to say they've been good to me.
Last edited by glenn bradley; 02-25-2014 at 12:16 AM.
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