Best Wood Routers

The Best Wood Routers

Best Wood routers have a motor with a cutter at its business end that rotates at a very high speed. This is held in a cradle or a jig. When you plunge the cutter into the wood. It plunges a hole into the groove. Initially, these machines were used to cut grooves and rebates.

A router is a highly versatile tool due to its various applications. Routers can cut rebates and grooves  also make decorative flutings, profile edges, and cut inlays – trim wood flats, shape wood, drill clean holes, and make recess hinges.

They screw threads on wood, make traditional joints, and other types of joints using the JKB Omni jig…

They also create new joints like the JKB router joint and make jointed boxes using the Woodrat. They cut adzed bowls with the JKB pendulum jig, copy carve using the Duplicarver and make shallow reliefs with the JKB Copy Carver

You can devise all sorts of router jigs for various purposes such as making guitars and other musical instruments. You can use them to make art out of wood and plastic. They can be used to make furniture and all things made from various types of wood – hardwood and engineered besides plastic. This is a versatile tool and you can find new and creative ways of using a router.

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Advantages of wood routers

Novice woodworkers work with the fixed base and plunge base routers. But as they become more experienced and production demand rises. They need to work on larger pieces and do more intricate jobs the above-mentioned routers are replaced by Computer Numerical Control (CNC) routers. These routers cut the wood intricately, accurately and speedily. 

No waste – These routers reduce wastage due to their accuracy. Your supplies are not wasted due to precision. You never waste a piece due to an error. Besides due to the stops, scales, base plates, and CNC features you can replicate with accuracy minus wastage.

Large cutting field – Cutting larger pieces like stair raisers can be challenging while using standard routers. The uniformity and accuracy are other challenges. The CNC routers can produce these pieces quickly and easily. If you are into cutting larger pieces and mass production with time constraints the CNC routers are for you.

Flawless replication – The fixed base and plunge base routers depend upon human expertise to replicate the pieces. But CNC machines can produce thousands of replicas. This uniformity of work on each piece brings quality assurance to your work. This benefit makes these machines priceless.

These routers have many advantages such as:

Ease of operation – The fixed and plunge based routers involve physical manipulation that bears an impact on the quality of production and worker safety. Thus, the worker should know the machinery, be experienced in operating it, and an expert in the trade. Conversely, using a CNC router requires computer training and the machine does the rest of the job. This ensures each piece is accurate, minus the waste and human error.

Worker safety – Being near the cutting mechanism of the routers can result in injury and loss of limb. The latest models of fixed and plunge based routers have safety features. While the CNC routers remove the operator from direct contact or the cutting mechanisms. This safer work process translates to lesser injuries, loss of production, worker disability, and compensation cases.

Higher productivity – As you can replicate top-notch pieces each time there is less wastage. If you are using mechanical routers, they have features that improve the quality of your work leading to higher production capacity. But CNC routers have revolutionized production. Simply hire trained technicians to operate industrial Computer Numerical Control (CNC) routers to make your operation cost-efficient.

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Types of wood routers

There are three types of wood routers by design,

Plunge routers – are plunge-type machines that are held in the middle of the wood and plunged into it. This makes the process easier and the work neater with less wastage. The upper part of the router body holds the router bit that can be plunged downwards over 2 spring-loaded columns to guide the path of the bit. This bit then cuts into the material from above. Plunge cutting has a locking facility that controls the depth to with the cut is made for consistency. Besides, it can be controlled to shape the edge by using templates and jigs.

Routers with removable base – Usually plunge base routers have removable and interchangeable bases. The top half of the router i.e. the motor and collet assembly – can be separated from the base. This allows for the attachment of additional bases for different operations such as sharpening, carving, grinding, intricate shaping, etc.

You can even pick the machine and work overhead besides placing it on a stable surface…

Stationary or fixed routers – are not equipped with the plunging action. This is because the base and the body are fixed together. It can cut along the edge after the height and depth have been adjusted. There are handles on either side of the router. These lend better control to the operator while guiding the machine. The combined force of the weight of the machine and the operator’s hands are acting downwards. This lowers the center of gravity of the machine lending stability to the setup.

Computer Numeric Control (CNC) routers – are specialist routers used in industrial operations. Their movements are controlled by computers. Parameters such as cutting depth, feed rate are very precise. Thus, controlled cuts to produce replicas.

Features on wood routers

 

Router motors – These machines have vertically mounted motors with a collet. The collet is attached to a spindle that is encased in the tool housing. The type of motor determines the power of the router and its application. The voltage is usually between 230 – 240 V making it suitable for workshop and domestic use. The routers with 110 – 150V can be used on job sites and buildings. The output and input of the router are displayed in watts.

Router collets – are steel sleeves at the end of the spindle. It is enclosed in a retaining nut. When tightened it grips the shank-end of the cutter or the bit. It rotates when the router is switched on. It spins the cutter that removes material from the workpiece. These are sized according to the cutter’s shank diameter. The unit comes with specifications on what size bits they can accept.

Routers by different manufacturers have different parts for different applications…

 

Besides some parts may not be in the same place. But there are some basic essential parts and features that makeup and run the machine. 

Router bases – These are the bottom half of the machine with a hole. The routers cutter protrudes through this. The base has two columns on which the machine slides up and down, to and fro.

The two halves – the top and base are connected at the fixed base of the router. The base plate or the sub-base is a flat disc at the bottom of the machine.

Base plate – or the sub-base protects the surface of the workpiece. As it is made of metal it may scratch the piece marring or damaging it. It provides a stable base to stand on when you put it down. You can fix various types of bases to the base plate to increase the applications of the router machine. Offset base plates and combination plates can be fitted on to the base plate of the router.

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There should be diagrams, instructions, and specifications

 

Router speed controls – Advanced routers have variable speed control that allows you to increase or reduce the speed of the cutter on the router. This feature comes in handy while applying various types of bits and cutters to a great variety of materials. Variable speed feature increases the number of applications this machine can be used for. There is a number dial that can be turned to manage the router speed. The chart on the side of the router indicates the speed at each of these numbers.

Speed of the router – is measured in Revolutions Per Minute (RPM). The number indicates the no-load speed before the cutter or the bit head is applied to the workpiece. Once the cutter is applied to the piece and it begins to cut the load on it reduces the speed of the router. The speed will drop depending upon the hardness of the material, the depth to which you are cutting, and the size of the cutter. The specifications on the model indicate the maximum and minimum speed of the router.

With the router to show you how to assemble and use it…

 

Router depth stops – are used to set the height of the cutter which in turn controls the depth of the cut. These stops can be locked into place to make a consistent cut each time. There is a depth scale that shows the depth of the cut in relation to the base of the machine. In plunging routers these stops work as guides to prevent the cutter from removing more material than required. Each router comes with instructions to guide you on how to set the cutting depths.

Dust extractor spout – help in the extraction of sawdust. As the router removes material from the workpiece a large amount of dust collects making it difficult to see the workpiece. The spout is usually designed to fit that individual model but can be attached to any dust extractor. They may come as a part of a kit with the model or as spare parts. They are also compatible with dust extractor vacuums that can be purchased separately.

Specialist vacuum – are intended and designed specifically for dust extraction. Household vacuums are not suitable for this use. These vacuums may come as a part of a kit or may have to be bought separately.

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What are heavy-, middle, or medium- and light-duty routers?

Depending upon the size and power there are three types of routers. These two factors affect how long and on what materials these routers can be used.

Heavy-duty routers – are the heaviest, toughest, and most powerful routers. They have larger collet sizes that can hold larger cutter diameters of 38mm or 1.5 inches. They can be classified as professional tools that can withstand prolonged and regular use.

Medium duty routers – are suitable for delicate work on soft materials. But they are heavier and larger than light-duty models.

Light-duty routers – are semi-professional tools meant for DIYers, hobbyists, and light trade works. These routers are for occasional use for shorter periods. They are the smallest and lightest of routers. As they have smaller collets thus accommodate cutters of diameters less than 38mm or 1.5 inches.

Can a router that accepts 1/4-inch bits drive 1/2-inch bits?

If the router does not have a 1/2-inch collet then it will not accept 1/2-inch bits. To know if your router can tun 1/2-inch bits check its horsepower. If the horsepower rating is 2HP which is equal to 13 amperes then it will drive 1/2-inch bits.

Why are 1/4-inch and 1/2-inch routers so popular?

The industry standard is the 1/4 inch and 1/2 inch fixed and plunge base routers. This is because they work with a wide range of bit selection that comes in 1/4-inch and 1/2-inch size. The heavier bits may have a 1/2-inch shank size. And they require more horsepower on the motor. The higher horsepower generates enough torque to turn the bit and cut through the wood. Smaller routers tend to burn out while spinning larger bits while cutting wood.

Are these routers suitable to make delicate display boxes and ornamental jewelry?

A great variety of routers are there in the market for intricate work. They have Dremel-size motors and are supported by matching drill sizes, too. These look like an electric toothbrush or pencil. The tool is named after the gentleman who designed the tool. Officially it is called the Moto-Tool.

The Best Wood Routers on 2020

 

Best Wood Routers 
Makita RP2301FC
Bosch 1617 EVS
PORTER-CABLE 892
DeWalt DW616
Milwaukee 2723-20
Makita RT0701C
DeWalt DWP611
Makita XTR01Z
Metabo HPT M12VC
Bosch GKF125CEN
PORTER-CABLE PCE6430
Ryobi R163GK
Dobetter DBTR700
WEN RT6033
Cozyel192536

 

1. Makita RP2301FC 3-1/4 HP Plunge Router

This 3.25 Horsepower plunge router has variable speed. the unit combines precision with power to handle the most demanding routing applications.

Features

Makita RP2301FC has a plunge depth capacity of 0 to 2.75 inches. The powerful motor powers easy penetration into the workpiece. There is a quick plunge depth adjustment with 3 preset depth stops to lend precision to your work. The plunge lock lever is located within easy reach for efficient operation. The lock-on trigger switch is for continuous operation. There is a shaft lock that allows a quick and easy bit change.

The linear ball bearings ensure a smooth plunging action bringing you superior performance. These are oversized ball bearings to prolong the tool life. There is also a tool-less template guiding system that helps quick installation and removal. This smooth controlled power is delivered by a 15-ampere motor that delivers 22000 RPM for precise routing. There is a built-in LED light to improve visibility in the work area. There are ergonomically designed rubberized handles with a large 2-finger switch for better use and control.

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Functionality

Makita RP2301FC is engineered for woodwork. It used the 1/4 inch and 1/2-inch shank bits. The machine is meant for making cabinetry, fine woodworks, and furniture. It is softused for decking, making countertops, doors, windows, etc. It is an ideal tool for carpenters, craftsmen, boat builders, deck builders, furniture makers, and general contractors.

Specifications

Makita RP2301FC has a 3.75HP, 15-ampere motor that revolves at a variable speed of 9000 – 22000 RPM. It has a plunge depth of 0 – 2.75 inches. The unit weighs 14 pounds and it 13 inches by 9.1 inches by 12.6 inches in dimensions.

Additional Features

Makita RP2301FC box contains the router, a 1/4-inch collet sleeve insert, a 1/2-inch collet cone, an extended depth adjustment knob, and a wrench. The unit comes with a 1-year warranty.

Highlights

  • Superior plunge depth capacity
  • Precise depth stops
  • Linear ball bearings
  • Powerful motor

 

2. Bosch 1617 EVS 2.25 HP Electronic Fixed-Base Router

 

This tool comes from the house of industry stalwarts – Bosch. The brand was established in 1886 to bring you tools engineered for precision. These power tools raised the standards of excellence in all industries.

Features

Bosch 1617EVS is a variable speed router with a 12-ampere motor. This powerful router has a constant response circuitry that stabilizes the start-up torque. There is an adjustable speed dial ranging from 8,000-25,000 RPM. This allows the user to set the optimal speed for the application. There are microfine bit-depth adjustment and a plunge base – a threaded 3-hole base pattern on the fixed base to fix the machine on the router table and  a dust-sealed power switch, a 1-piece armature shaft, and a 2-inch sub-base opening – rounded hardwood handles that maximize user control. The unit is double insulated. It comes with a RA1161 fixed-base – a system that helps adjust the bit height from above the table.

Functionality

Bosch 1617EVS is equipped with a variable speed that ranges between 8000 to 25000 RPM. This allows the user to match the speed to the application. The 12-ampere motor combines power and adjustable speed settings. This allows the user to glide along the cutline. As the motor does not rotate during depth adjustment there is a left and right switch location. This allows for consistency and user preference. There is a versatile depth adjustment that works even through the top of the table where the router is fixed. The rounded hardwood handles are maximizing control.

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Specifications

Bosch 1617EVS is a corded tool that runs on electricity. It requires 127 volts of power at 1400 watts. It delivers 2.25 Horsepower and spins at 8000 – 25000 RPM. The tool weighs 11.25 pounds. It is 12 inches by 10.2 inches by 7.5 inches in dimensions.

Additional Features

Bosch 1617EVS carrying case includes a router, a RA1161 Fixed Base, a 1/4-inch and a 1/2-inch self-releasing collet. There are a chip shield and mounting hardware. The model is supported by a 1-year warranty.

Highlights

  • Delivers top tier power
  • Versatile tool
  • Comfortable and durable
  • Accurate bit adjustment

3. PORTER-CABLE 892 Router, 2-1/4 HP (892)

 

This is a 2.25 HP router that runs 120V. It has a soft-start motor with electronic feedback that maintains the speed through all applications.

Features

PORTER-CABLE 892 has a soft-start 12-ampere motor that has a feedback mechanism that helps maintain speed while using the machine. The unit has a variable speed between 10000 to 23000 RPM to optimize the use of the machine. You can release the motor, adjust the bit height, and clamp the motor from above the router table. You will need a 3/16-inch hex socket or the 75301 kit that works on the GripVac base only.

The router has a dual-position switch that helps you cut power while you maintain control over the router. There are over-molded grips to help extended use and  a spindle lock that can be loosened or tightened using a wrench to change the bits – a latch lever for quick and coarse depth adjustments –  motor release that helps transition between bases. While the rack and pinion adjustments help in fine depth adjustments to up to 1/128 inches. The collet accepts 1/4-inch and 1/2-inch shank bits.

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Functionality

PORTER-CABLE 892 is meant for woodwork. This is a 2.25 HP fixed base router. The kit includes the essentials for reliable and smooth operation. This is easy to use the machine with a base that can be unlocked. It also makes cuts at variable depths from above the table. The machine moves between bases to save time and effort. You can release the motor, lock the spindle, adjust the bit height, and clamp the motor from above. Throughout these operations, you can maintain complete control over the movement of the router with both the hands using the rubber covered handles.

Specifications

PORTER-CABLE 892 is a 12 ampere, 2.25 HP router that spins at 10000 to 23000 RPM. The collets accept 1/40inch and 1/2-inch shank bits. The corded router has a brushless motor with a diameter of 3.5 inches.

Additional Features

PORTER-CABLE 892 box contains a router, a fixed base, 1/4-inch, and 1/2-inch collets. There is a collet wrench, a carrying case, and operating manual. The unit is supported by a 3-year warranty, a 1-year free service and 90 days money-back guarantee.

Highlights

  • Quiet & powerful performance
  • Above the table changes
  • Quick depth adjustments
  • Smooth operation

4. DeWalt DW616

This is a 1.75 HP fixed base router that cuts through various types of woods. It routs smoothly, precisely, and quickly at various depths. It has an easy and fast pack removal for base and bit change.

Features

DeWalt DW616 has a 1.75 HP and 11-ampere motor that powers through the hardwood and other materials. There is a cam lock on the tool that makes depth adjustment and base change easy and firm. The cord set is detachable making it easy to service it. The LEXAN sub-base brings bit visibility and base durability. The unit also accepts standard template guide bushings. The switch is dust-sealed to protect the motor and prolong its life. The nickel-plated housing helps a long-lasting and smooth depth adjustment. There is a flat top for easy depth and bit change.

Functionality

DeWalt DW616 router’s cutting depth can be adjusted vertically using the micro-fine adjustment ring. It has graduations with the least count of 1/64 of an inch. The bits and base can be changed quickly due to the quick release latches on the motor. There is a concentricity gauge sub-base included to keep the bit centered for accuracy. This model can cut rebates, grooves, profile edges, flutings, and cut inlays. They trim wood flats, shape wood, drill clean holes, and make recess hinges. They screw threads on wood, make joints, cut adzed bowls and make shallow reliefs.

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Specifications

DeWalt DW616 has a 6-inch base the tool weighs 7,1 pounds. The collet diameter is 1/2 inch and 1/4 inch. This is a 1.75 HP 11-ampere router with a no-load speed of 24500 RPM.

Additional Features

DeWalt DW616 kit includes a router, a fixed base, a sub-base concentricity gauge, and 2 wrenches. There is a 1/2 inch and 1/4-inch collet and user manual. The unit is supported by the standard 3-year warranty, 1-year free service, and 90-day money-back guarantee.

Highlights

  • Sub-base concentricity gauge
  • Micro-fine depth adjustment ring
  • Rubber over-molded handles
  • Detachable cord set

5. Milwaukee 2723-20

This battery-powered router combines speed, accuracy, and power. The tool will deliver neat accurate cuts on various materials and applications.

Features

Milwaukee 2723-20 is a compact machine with the POWERSTATE brushless motor that combines the REDLINK+ electronics. The model delivers 1.25HP and the best in class 31000 RPM to do a smooth and clean job of cutting all types of materials. The machine is powered by the M18 REDLITHIUM XC5.0 battery to cuts up to 250 feet of 3/8 – inch round overs in hardwood. The unit will power you through the day’s work and charge up quickly too.

This handheld wood router has a micro-adjust dial and a macro-adjust button. This allows users to make quick and accurate depth adjustments to deliver accurate work. The variable speed dial adjusts speed from 10,000 to 31,000 RPM giving you better control to deliver precise results. There is a 4-inch subplate for stability and dual LED lights to illuminate the workpiece. The unit is designed in such a manner that it is compatible with an offset and a plunge base.

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Functionality

Milwaukee 2723-20 has a brushless motor that runs silently at a variable speed. It will apply variable speeds between 10000 – 31000 RPM and macro and fine adjustments to execute various applications. It can cut rebates and grooves, make decorative flutings, profile edges, and cut inlays tool trims wood flats, shape wood, drills clean holes, and make recess hinges.

Specifications

Milwaukee 2723-20 is 4.79 inches by 3.23 inches by 6.86 inches in dimensions –  weighs 2.97 pounds and is cordless and  delivers a peak performance of 1.25 HP to spin the motor at 10000 to 31000 RPM also accepts bits with a 1/4-inch shank.

Additional Features

Milwaukee 2723-20 box includes a compact router, a 1/4-inch collet 4-inch round sub-base plate, a 5.75-inch template sub-base plate, an 11/16-inch collet wrench, and a 7/16-inch spindle wrench. The unit has a dust shroud, a fixed base, and a straight edge guide. The unit is supported by a 5-year warranty.

Highlights

  • Accepts the M18 range of batteries
  • Fast accurate depth adjustments
  • Cuts up to 250 feet per charge
  • Generates up to 1.25 HP

 

6. Makita RT0701C

This is a 1.25HP compact wood router that delivers variable speed between 10000 to 30000 RPM. You can match your speed requirement to the application.

Features

Makita RT0701C has a 1.25 HP motor works at 6.5 amperes and brings you a variable speed. It has a rack and pinion fine depth adjustment for precise settings. The tool has an ergonomically designed body for better control and comfort. There is a quick-release cam lock to make depth adjustments. It also helps make adjustments to the base for installation and removal of the router. The electronic speed control helps maintain speed even under load. The machine has a soft start that helps a smooth start-up. The fixed base can be fitted with industry-standard template guides.

The unit has a high visibility base to improve the performance and handling of the tool. This base can be exchanged with other bases. The brushless motor is enclosed in a tough aluminum housing for durability that is double insulated. There is a shaft lock and a flat top design is for a quick and easy bit change. The unit has a non-marring base insert to protect the workpiece. There is an easy to read depth scale. The model accepts bits with a 1/4-inch shaft.

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Functionality

Makita RT0701C has a slim and ergonomic design that delivers precision and performance. You can use this machine for various routing applications. The unit gives perfect control over the machine and the piece to deliver excellent performance and results.

Specifications

Makita RT0701C has a 1/4-inch collet. The 6.5 ampere, 1.25HP motor spins at 10000 – 30000 RPM. This corded router is 6.3 pounds in weight. The unit is 10 inches by 8 inches by 6 inches in dimensions.

Additional Features

Makita RT0701C package includes a 1/4-inch collet, a straight guide, and two spanner wrenches. The unit is supported by a 1-year warranty.

Highlights

  • Smooth rack & pinion system
  • Ergonomic design
  • Changeable base
  • Variable speed

7. DeWalt DWP611

This is a fixed base router that delivers variable speed at 1.25HP. You can depend on the tool for making all kinds of edges, dados, etc.

Features

DeWalt DWP611 has a durable 1.25 HP motor that delivers power for the toughest applications. The variable speed allows for an optimal spin of the bit as per the application requirement. The soft-start motor has electronic feedback to maintain the speed throughout the cut. The clear base lets you see the workpiece and the LED lights up the work area to deliver precise results. The adjustment ring helps change depth to 1/64 inches. There is a low-pressure lock button that helps change the bit by one hand – shaft lock detents for an easy bit change and a ring and clamp mechanism to maintain the depth of the motor while routing.

The model allows up to 1.5 inches of depth travel on the standard base. The spring-loaded release tabs can be undone to release the base. The aluminum housing and base bring durability to the tool. There is an extended 8 slot 1/4-inch collet to maximize surface contact with the bit shank for a tighter grip. The extended sub-base gives a greater work surface contact for better control.

Functionality

DeWalt DWP611 brings you performance and power with the 1.25 HP motor. It is convenient and comfortable to use due to the fixed base. You get a firm grip on the tool this leads to fewer vibrations. There are two tabs on the tool that allows for a quick base release and change. There are an adjustable clamp and new base design to help maintain the location of the motor through all applications.

Specifications

DeWalt DWP611 is a 7 ampere and 1.25 HP wood router with a collet diameter of 1/4 inches. This corded tool is 4.6 pounds with the base dimension of 4 inches. The no-load speed is 16000 – 27000 RPM and plunge stroke are 1.5 inches. The spindle lock on this fixed base router has 12 positions.

Additional Features

DeWalt DWP611 box includes a router, a standard base, a wrench, an instructional manual, and a 3-year warranty.

Highlights

  • 1.25HP motor
  • Soft-starting motor
  • Variable speed control
  • Depth adjustment ring

8. Makita XTR01Z

This is a battery-powered compact router. It has a brushless motor that is compatible with the 18V LXT range of batteries. It is a part of the 18V Li-ion system developed by Makita.

Features

Makita XTR01Z brings you corded power via an 18V battery. The unit has an on-off switch and a separate lock button. It helps prevent accidental start-up and also protects the workpiece. There is a soft start feature for smooth start-up and cut accuracy. There are a rack and pinion adjustment for depth with precise settings. The machine is ergonomically designed with a rubberized grip. The aluminum housing helps accuracy and durability. There is an LED to illuminate the work area and a quick release cam lock for easy depth adjustment, installation, and removal of the base.

Functionality

Makita XTR01Z bring you corded power through an 18V battery with the cordless convenience. Due to the brushless motor, the router runs 50% faster. The tool also runs longer and with increased power. You can use this model for all types of woodwork and cabinetry applications due to the variable speed dial (10,000 – 30,000) RPM). The electronic speed control offers constant speed under load. The soft-start is for smoother start-ups and accuracy. The router is compatible with more attachments and bases to expand its applications. You can opt for the dust removal nozzle compatible with the vacuum cleaners by the brand.

Specifications

Makita XTR01Z has a 1/4-inch collet with an overall length of 5.25 inches. It has a variable speed of 10000 – 30000 RPM It runs on 18V Li-ion batteries. The fixed base tool weighs 4.6 pounds.

Additional Features

Makita XTR01Z box comes with the tool and instruction manual. It is supported by a 3-year warranty.

Highlights

  • Precise settings
  • LED for illumination
  • Durable aluminum housing
  • Variable speeds for different applications

9. Metabo HPT M12VC

This is a fixed base 11 amperes and 2.25 HP motor. This is a variable speed tool by Metabo which is a Hitachi brand.

Features

Metabo HPT M12VC delivers a peak of 2.25HP at a variable speed of 8000 – 24000 RPM. This is a fixed base router with an 11-ampere motor for controlled and precise cuts. There is a two-stage motor release clamp that helps in adjusting the depth of the cut and change the base. The unit has an electronic speed control that maintains the speed through the application. This best in its class tool produces on 79.5 dB of sound.

Functionality

Metabo HPT M12VC is a fixed base router with a variable speed. The model can be used or widow cutting, groove cutting, chamfering, trimming, shaping, molding, and cutting patterns into wood. The tool is ergonomically designed for precision.

Specifications

Metabo HPT M12VC is a fixed type router that runs at 11 amperes and a peak of 2.25 HP. It has a maximum collet capacity of 1/4 inches and 1/2 inches. It has a no-load speed of 8000 – 24000 RPM. The noise level at no load is 79.5 dB. It weighs 7.3 pounds and has a two-stage motor clamp.

Additional Features

Metabo HPT M12VC box includes a 1/4 inch and a 1/2-inch collet chuck. There are a template adaptor and a centering gauge. The unit is supported by a 2-year warranty.

Highlights

  • Two-stage release clamps
  • Electronic speed control
  • Low noise levels
  • Brushless motor

10. Bosch GKF125CEN

This router by Bosch is also known as the Colt 1.25HP. This is a variable speed palm router.

Features

Bosch GKF125CEN brings you the revolutionary new depth adjustment system. The tool has a precise depth adjustment feature. The unit has a 1.25 HP 7 ampere motor that delivers a variable speed of 16000 – 35000 RPM. The tool is convenient as it has a wide bit capacity and can accept bits up to 1.3125 inches wide. The constant response circuitry ensures you get a consistent result. You can maintain and monitor speed even under load. The macro and micro-adjustments and a centerable round base enhance the functionality of the tool. There is overload protection for the motor and a soft start that diminishes start-up torque. The unit has a palm grip design with finger pockets. This offers exceptional control and comfort while handling the tool.

Functionality

Bosch GKF125CEN variable-speed compact router that delivers 1.25 horsepower. The Bosch Colt Palm has an ergonomically designed palm-grip with a soft-grip for a comfortable hold. It brings ample power making it far more than a laminate trimmer also can round-over deck planks and railings –  is ideal for hinge mortising, making decorative edges, cutting slots, making window cutouts, cutting out decorative inlays, laminate trimming, etc.

Specifications

Bosch GKF125CEN has a 7 ampere, 1.25 HP motor. The collet capacity is 1/4 inches. The base opening is 1.56 inches. The unit has a 120V motor and a variable speed of 16000- 35000 RPM.

Additional Features

Bosch GKF125CEN Router package includes the router, a self-releasing collet. a chuck, a collet, and a chuck wrench. The unit is supported by a 1-year warranty.

Highlights

  • Revolutionary depth adjustment system
  • Versatile tool
  • Variable speeds
  • Palm grip design

11. PORTER-CABLE PCE6430

This is a 4.5-ampere single speed 1.4-inch router and a laminate trimmer.

Features

PORTER-CABLE PCE6430 spins at 31000 RPM due to the 4.5 HP router. This is a precision machine with a cast aluminum housing and a fixed base. There are extra-large clips to fix and release the machine. It also allows for coarse depth adjustment. There is a depth ring for accurate and quick bit height adjustments –  a spindle lock button that allows you to change the bits using a single wrench. There are quick-release clips for the base and motor and an LED and a clear sub-base for maximum visibility. The unit has a cast aluminum housing and base for durability. There is a micro-set collar for height adjustments.

Functionality

PORTER-CABLE PCE6430 is ideal for hinge routing applications, small edge formation, and trimming. This a small and compact unit that is ergonomically designed for a single-hand control.

Specifications

PORTER-CABLE PCE6430 is a 4.5 HP router with 1/4-inch collets. This is a corded power tool that spins at 31000 RPM and weighs 3.6 pounds.

Additional Features

PORTER-CABLE PCE6430 includes the router, a fixed base, a 1/4-inch collet, a collet wrench, a straight edge guide, and an operating manual. The unit is supported by a 3-year warranty.

Highlights

  • 4.5 HP motor
  • Ergonomic design
  • LED light
  • Spindle lock button

12. Ryobi R163GK

This is an 8.5 ampere, 1.5 HP fixed base router. It comes with a micro-adjustment knob to fix an accurate depth to cut.

Features

Ryobi R163GK has a micro-adjustment knob with a zero reset. This helps fix an accurate depth to cut. The quick-release button helps easy and quick depth adjustments. The ergonomically designed handles reduce fatigue and the chip shield protects the user’s face and eyes. The LED light improves sight while routing the material. The on-off switch is conveniently located for easy and safe operations. You can change bits using the spindle lock.

Functionality

Ryobi R163GK router has an 8.5-ampere ball bearing motor that moves smoothly to make accurate cuts. The unit has a diecast aluminum base and housing for accuracy and stability. The unit can be used to make all kinds of v-grooves and chamfers. You can make rabbets and dados to add intricacies to the interior and exterior of the pieces.

Specifications

Ryobi R163GK has a 120V, 8.5-ampere motor that delivers 1.5 horsepower. The no-load speed is 25000 RPM and cutting depth is 0 – 2 inches. The collet size is 1/4 inches and the cord length are 10 feet. The unit weighs 6.5 pounds.

Additional Features

Ryobi R163GK kit includes the router, the carrying bag, and the operator’s manual. The unit is supported by a 2-year warranty.

Highlights

  • Micro-adjustment knob
  • Ergonomic handles
  • LED light
  • Cam lever

13. Dobetter DBTR700

This is a 6.5-ampere route with a peak power of 1.25 horsepower. This trim router comes with 12 bits and a full kit. You don’t have to spend more time and money looking for these accessories.

Features

Dobetter-DBTR700 comes with a 6.5 ampere motor with a maximum HP of 1.25. It has a soft-starting motor that gives you better control over the cuts and routs. It has a smooth rack and pinion system for depth adjustment and precision. There are 6 settings for variable speed.

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Functionality

Dobetter-DBTR700 brings you abundant power for a variety of trimming and routing applications. The soft-start motor and constant power ensure that the tool does not jump in your hands. This gives you better control over the workpiece too.

Specifications

Dobetter-DBTR700 has 1/4-inch collets. It has a 6.5 ampere, 1.25 HP motor. It delivers a variable speed of 10000 to 32000 RPM.

Additional Features

Dobetter-DBTR700 kit includes 12 bits, a roller, and an edge guide. There is a dust hood, a wrench, and a carbon brush. The unit is supported by a one-year warranty.

Highlights

  • 12 wood routing bits
  • Soft start motor
  • Smooth rack & pinion system
  • Six variable speed settings

14. WEN RT6033

This is a kit by Wen that has a variable speed router with a plunge base and an edge guide. All accessories and machine parts fit into a neat carrying case.

Features

WEN RT6033 has a 15-ampere variable speed soft-start motor. Its speed ranges from over 8000 to 23000 RPM. The plunge base can be locked in a downward position to function as both – a fixed and plunge router. There is a 7-stop turret in combination with micro and macro adjustment dials to maximize precision. This router has a parallel guide fence to cut precise lines. The circle-cutting pin routs perfect rounds and the profile guide helps cut along the profile. The template guide helps duplicate templates. The dust port adaptor is to attach a vacuum and prevent dust build-up. The kit includes a wrench that helps remove and install router bits.

Functionality

WEN RT6033 has a seven-stop rotating turret that decreases or increases the cutting depth by increments of 1/8 inches. It has a fine micro-adjustment dial and turns at a variable speed of 8000 – 23000 RPM. The router accepts 1/2 inch and 1/4-inch router bits that have a plunge depth of 2.375 inches. You can rout fancy v-grooves and chamfers or rabbets and dados to add intricacies to the interior and exterior of the pieces.

Specifications

WEN RT6033 weighs 19.25 pounds and is 16.8 inches by 14.8 inches by 7 inches in dimensions. It has a 15-ampere variable speed motor that spins between 8000 – 23000 RPM. It accepts 1/4- and 1/2-inch bits and plunges to 2.375 inches.

Additional Features

WEN RT6033 kit comes in a hard-shell carrying case. There is a multi-function straight edge fence, a circle cutting central pin, a template guide, a fence scale, and a 1.5-inch dust collection duct. There are a user guide and a 2-year warranty.

Highlights

  • Two Routers in One
  • Parallel Guide Fence
  • Versatile Bits
  • 7-Stop Turret

15. Cozyel192536

This is 800 watts, 110-volt palm router. This is an electric hand trimmer and wood router that accepts 1/4-inch collets.

Features

Cozyel192536 has a transparent base that allows a clear view of the workpiece. There is a dressing guide roller that runs along the curve to ensure an exact cut. There is an external carbon brush on the motor. This makes it easy to replace it when worn out. The scale is visible and the machine is easy to operate. There is a lift knob and the knife scale can be adjusted. There is a dressing guide. The roller runs along the curve to make a precise cut. The curve processing too is very fine. There is a straight guide. The model is tough and stable to ensure the cutting and routing are accurate.

Functionality

Cozyel192536 can be used for a variety of wood and plastic cutting applications. You can process wood, make cabinets, and create handicrafts. It is ideal for drilling, grooving, and trimming.

Specifications

Cozyel192536 is made of plastic and aluminum. It is 3.39 inches by 3.07 inches by 7.76 inches in size. The motor works at 110 volts and 800 watts. It has a no-load speed of 30000 RPM. It has a 1/4-inch collet.

Additional Features

Cozyel192536 box arrives with a trimmer, two wrenches, a trimmer guide assembly, a straight guide assembly, a cutting tool, a carbon brush, and a user manual. The unit is supported by a one-year warranty.

Highlights

  • 30000 RPM
  • Tough housing
  • Versatile router
  • Curved and straight guide