Currently, I only have a trim router, which is very weak. So I've decided to buy a invertible plunge router, but I'm not sure about which one to buy.
There's a limited number of plunge routers I can buy in my region, which are:
- 1200W, worth R$510 (about US$130)
- 1800W, worth R$1780 (about US$460)
- 2100W, worth R$2049 (about US$480)
There're also some Makita MG routers, but I have used a MG trim router before and I didn't like it, so I'm crossing these off the list. I know the price tag between the two Makitas may seem small, but with such difference I could buy a belt sander or some router bits.
I know there're some other issues besides HP, such as overall product quality, availability of maintenance services, warranty, etc. But the difference in the price tag is huge, so I'm not sure about not buying the cheaper option.
I'm going to use this mainly to route handles (such as the ones in wood crates) into 2cm thick wood and route 5mm deep dadoes, mostly in pine and plywood. I do lots of theses, I've literally spent 3 days last week doing a bunch of these handles with a trim router and at least 1 day doing dadoes with a jobsite saw.
I've never used a plunge router before, so I don't know: is my effort going to be much smaller if I have a 2100W router available instead of 1200W or a 1800W one?