Got a Birthday coming up this week, maybe it's time for a little Tool Porn? My late 80's era Craftsman fixed-base router has developed some pretty severe runout or other problem that's causing a lot of vibration. It was always plenty powerful, and I liked having the power switch on the grip handles, but all the accessories for it were plastic junk, and Sears seems like it's on the way out. The most common choice on TB seems to be the Porter Cable #690, a no-frills 1.75HP fixed base. I tend to prefer mounting the router in my aluminum Craftsman router table rather than free-handing, but I do occasionally use the plunge function, so I was considering the kit version with fixed and plunge base: PORTER-CABLE 693LRPK 1-3/4 HP Fixed Router and Plunge Base Kit - Power Routers - Amazon.com Or this compact 1.25HP router, also a fixed/plunge bass kit, though I'm not sure it's powerful enough: PORTER-CABLE 450PK 1.25 HP Compact Router Fixed/Plunge Combo Kit - Power Routers - Amazon.com Neither of these have any provision for dust collection, and I don't love having to take one hand off the router to get to the switch, but they are proven, solid routers. Dewalt sells a similar fixed/plunge bass Kit for $199, with a 2.25HP motor. In general, is the higher HP rating important? DEWALT DW618PKB 2-1/4 HP EVS Fixed Base/Plunge Router Combo Kit with Soft Start - Vacuum And Dust Collector Accessories - Amazon.com Suggestions or rants appreciated.