johnelliott Good question as I am also looking for a replacement, on the post I put up the replies seemed to say they were worth it but also many others Freud, makita and DW.
It'll be interseting to see what the conclusion is.
I have the DW625 which is similar to the Trend,both are good, from personal point of view the weight of them tire my arms if i use them for prolonged periods of time. I now have the Festool OF1400 which is a superb in-betweeny, good balance and smooth plunge, and light enough to use for lengthy periods of time but its costly, even the 1/4" collets are pricey but you get what you pay for.
The DW625, T9, CMT, Makita 3612 etc are all good, it really comes down to what you want it for, ie table mounting, worktop joints, mortising etc,
If i had to only own one router it would be the festool hands down
The OF1400 looks very nice!
Does anyone know if there is a comprehensive range of guide bushes available, or is it a case of using the Trend unibase?
Seems a shame to "mess up" a nice new router with a round baseplate.
The Festool boasts automatic concentricity of guide bush too - presumably that would be void with a Trend base??
i use the triton beastie, although it has a strong plunge spring ,this is not a problem when using its racking control knob to winch the cutter up and down. it does accept the standard trend guide bushes in its guide bush base plate which is an extra item.
if there is a limitation to this router it would be the base size, tremendous for stability but rusticating for tight locations
I am going to get the T9EK for a router table. I bought the T5EK a few months back for the Woodrat, and think it's pretty well put together, beautiful little motor on it, sweet as a nut.
A delight to use freehand, feels like it's floating on thin air.
I have to admit the fence had a few casting marks on it, but I cleaned them up with a riffler file and wet flatted them into obscurity.
The plunge was jerky as hell when I got it, but now it has eased up and is very smooth.
What I like about Trend is all the accessories they make. If you buy Trend you know all the extras are available for them and will fit out the box.
Thanks for all the replies.
I have now purchased a Trend T9EK. I got it from D&M for £259. The best my local tool shop could do was £315 and they didn't have any anyway. I did consider the DeWalt carefully, but what I particularly like about the Trend is the way one sets the depth of plunge. There is a large graduated knob on the side which raises and lowers the depth stop. Not only does this mean that I when doing deep work I can set more plunge looking from above, but the millimetre graduations are further apart due to the gearing in the system and are much easier to read.
I will write a review when I've used it a bit.