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Beginner's Basics

You might be suspicious of the low price on this Black & Decker plunge model. But if you can get past your preconceptions, you’ll recognize this entry-level package is a steal. The 12-amp router adequately cuts simple edges and plunges, you get both ¼-inch and ½-inch collets, and an opening on one of the plunge columns is shop-vac ready for simple dust collection. Best of all: it includes an edge guide, an essential accessory that often comes with an added cost.

2 hp, 10½ pounds (plunge), about $90, Black & Decker
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