I have acquired a 2nd hand router, did some cosmetic cleaning and gave it a go. Runs at speed fine but every few seconds, (3 to 6), there is a clunking noise.
I did not notice the clunk when It ran up right with a load, but I only ran it about 10 seconds that way. I made a table with router upside down and started hearing the noise. Seems to frequent under load. Other wise it does its job well. CLUNK clunk ... CLUNKclunk. Any comments will be appreciated folks.
I would also opt for the MR23. Both kits come with plunge bases, but the trigger switch and LED light would steer me toward the MR23. I have the 1617 and use it frequently, but those two features are lacking on it. I have to be very careful to hold on tight when I switch it on because of the torque jump. With a trigger switch it's a non-issue.
That's a nice machine, and a very nice stand! You mentioned wheel chocks, which reminded me of a clever solution I saw Mattias Wandell using. Rather than install casters on every stand, he used a 'piano dolly' platform on wheels. He constucted his tables / stands such the the bottom stretcher was about 1" higher than the dolly. A pair of L-shaped levers were used to raise the item on the dolly for moving. Here is one example: