mdf:Bung: It may seem like doubling up but don't make the same mistake I nearly made. I was overusing my good 1/4" on exterior projects. To replace that would take a lot more than $150.
You make an *excellent* point. If I can get you to contact Mrs MDF and convince her of that...? 😀
I have a project coming up that will have a materials cost of about $2500, I should be able to bury a $150 tool in that no trouble. I realised that if I burnt out the very good small router doing heavy work it would cost around $700 to get the current model. Then I'd be stuck with using a cheap one from then on. So long as you're building something Mrs MDF wants I don't see a major problem.