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I have both the Bosch 1617EVS and the Hitachi M12V. I have used both under the router table (Rockler) and both work well. The Hitachi has noticeably more power than the Bosch and works great for raised panel bits and large radius bits. A quick Google search shows a reconditioned Hitachi for $143, not bad. I've had good look with reconditioned tools. If you want even more opinions, pay a visit to www.sawmillcreek.org, a very active woodworkers forum.
I don't know anything about router tables since I built mine out of scrap plywood 10 years ago. The router gets bolted underneath, I clamp on a beefy wood straightedge and I am good to go. I can take a picture later if you need inspiration, but it ain't pretty, just very functional.Now if you want to talk about routers, there is only one to buy for a router table - the soft start Porter-Cable 7518 Speedmatic 15 Amp 3-1/4 Horsepower 5 Speed Fixed Base or the 7539 Plunge, though for under a table I find the fixed base easier to use. This router is the one used by all the professional woodworkers in Tucson, the 5 speeds are necessary when large bits are used, you don't want a big raised panel bit spinning at 21,000 rpm. Expect to pay around $300.Wayne
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