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Affordable Combo

The Hitachi combo kit includes a fixed and plunge base for its 2¼-hp motor, at a price slightly lower than the Bosch 1617, a model widely believed to be standard-bearer of the current field. In the savings, you give up a few minor perks. This one has a slightly jerkier start than the Bosch, and it’s a little heavier for use as a freehand, plunge model. As a bonus, though, it’s relatively quiet at 80 Db, and includes a set of template guides—very useful when laying out Soss hinge mortises and other cuts at multiple depths.

7.3 pounds (fixed base), 9.9 pounds (plunge), about $140, Hitachi Poer Tools
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