Even though plunge routers and fixed-base routers have more similarities than differences, many woodworkers buy both. The reason? A plunge router is the better choice for making a stopped cut, while a fixed-base router is lighter and more compact. A router combination kit has one motor and two bases, eliminating the expense of buying two machines. Models reviewed fall into the 2-hp to 2-1/2-hp range, including the Bosch 1617EVSPK, DeWalt DW618PK, Makita RF1101KIT2, Porter-Cable 895PK, Ryobi RE1803BK, and Skil 1825.

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