While the wood router has traditionally been thought of as a tool that could only be used by carpenters and cabinet makers, more and more homeowners are beginning to see the utility of these tools for maintaining their doors, window frames and furniture. As long as they are willing to learn how to use the tool and buy the best wood router available.
Purchasing the best wood router is key because you’ll want to get a model that not only does what you need it to do but also has the features you need. Which is why I’ve decided to list ten of the best models currently available. One of these is sure to be the one you’ve wanted for around the house.
10. Dewalt DW618 2-1/4 HP Electronic Variable Speed
Equipped with a 12-amp motor that has variable speed controls that allow it to perform up to 24,000 RPM, this model has many of the features that professional woodworkers need out of their tools. It has a micro-fine depth adjustment ring in which accurate adjustments can be made in 1/65th-inch increments and has quick-release motor latches that allow the woodworker to perform tool-free adjustments as well. This tool also has over-molded handles and a dust-sealed switch that ensures that it lasts as long as possible, even in dusty workshops. This makes this unit ideal for both professionals or for amateur woodworkers.
9. Triton TRA001 3-1/4 HP Dual Mode Precision Plunge
This unit has many of the features that professional and amateurs workmen look for in one of these tools. It has a powerful 3-1/4th HP motor that delivers between 8,000 RPM and 20,000 RPM of speed maintenance under load and weighs approximately 13.2-pounds. With a single button, the user can switch this tool from a conventional plunger router to a fixed-based one and it has 1/2-inch and 1/4-inch collets. A great design feature of this tool is that it has side air vents which reduce the amount of dust which is drawn into the motor casings, which reduces user maintenance and keeps this unit in top working condition.
8. Porter Cable 7518 15-Amp Speedmatic
Although it’s often priced higher than conventional routers, this tool has many of the features that carpenters look for in one of these devices. It has a powerful 3-1/4 HP motor that has 5-speeds to make short work out of tough projects. It can run at 10,000 to 21,000 RPM to accommodate various cutting diameters and applications. This unit also has cast handles for stability and has a design that’s very durable with sealed ball-bearing construction and a dust-sealed switch that prevents sawdust from getting into the motor. All of these features, along with its precision-made aluminum housing and base, make this tool one that’s built to last.
7. Porter Cable 892 2-1/4 HP
Designed with a tough 12-amp motor that’s manufactured to stand up to the toughest work conditions, the Porter Cable 892 is a soft-starting router with variable speed control between 10,000 and 23,000 RPMs that has electronic feedback that ensures motor speed is maintained, even during heavy work applications. This allows this unit to cut through hardwoods and molding quickly and efficiently. While adjustments have to be made with a 3/16th-inch hex socket, which is sold separately, this unit is otherwise easy to use and easy to maintain. Not to mention that’s it’s not as expensive as some of the professional models but still manages to perform some of the same functions as these high-end models.
6. Bosch Colt Palm Grip PR20EVSK
This portable router model might be small but it packs quite a bit of punch and works well for a variety of projects from trimming laminate and deck planks to custom carpentry applications and dovetailing. It uses a 1-HP 5.6-AMP motor which has a variable speed of 16,000 to 35,000 RPM and has reduced initial startup torque so it doesn’t have a hard start. While it weighs under 12-pounds, it can tackle a number of different projects easily. This unit comes with a straight-edge guide, a carrying case, a drop-forged collet, a 1/4th-inch self-releasing collet, an instruction manual and shaft wrenches.
5. Porter Cable 11-Amp Fixed Base 690LR
This 11-amp router has a 1-3/4 peak HP and delivers a single-speed of 27,500 RPM. This tool is manufactured with a machined aluminum base and housing, to ensure durability and has a cam lock lever that allows for simple height adjustments. This powerful precision tool is ideal for just about any woodworking shop, whether it’s a home-base one or a professional workshop. This unit is accurate within 1/128th-inch and has dust-sealed components so it can be used even in the dustiest of work sites. Other features which can be found in this tool include a sealed ball-bearing construction and an ergonomic design.
4. Bosch 12-Amp Plunge & Fixed Base Variable Speed Kit 1617EVSPK
Just about everything a woodworker needs to get a wide variety of different jobs is included in this kit. It features a router with a variable speed motor that delivers 2.25-HP and 12-AMPS of power and a speed range between 8,000 and 25,000 RPM. This unit also has a 10-foot long cord and comes with a variety of accessories which include a fixed base, plunge base chip shield, 16mm shaft wrench, 24mm collet nut wrench, a carrying case, a T-handle hex height-adjustment wrench and 1/4-inch & 1/2-inch self-releasing collet chucks. All of which makes it a useful workshop addition.
3. Dewalt DW616 1-3/4 HP Fixed Base Router
Featuring a 1-3/4 maximum HP 11-AMP motor that can power through even tough hardwoods, this tool is designed to give the user the ability to rout smoothly and accurately. It has a tool-free adjustable motor that allows the user to quickly make depth adjustments and base changes. It’s quick-release motor latches allow the motor pack to be quickly removed for quick base changes and its depth adjustment ring provides dept adjustments in 1/64th-inch increments. And since this unit is made from aluminum and features a sealed power switch, it’s a unit that’s sure to provide years of service.
2. Makita 1-1/4 HP RT0701c
This compact tool is not only easy to take to the job site but is also lightweight and easy to use. It has a variable speed control dial which enables the user to set the speed, from 10,000 to 30,000 RPM, according to their application and has a 1-1/4 HP engine that provides smooth routing. Although this unit weighs under 4-pounds, it is made with the heavy-duty aluminum motor housing to ensure that it will be durable and reliable on the job. This unit has a quick-release cam lock system that allows easy base removal and depth adjustments and has an ergonomic design that makes it easy to control and comfortable to use.
1. DEWALT DWP611PK 1.25 HP Max Torque Variable Speed Combo Kit
This compact router features a durable 1.25-HP motor with variable speed control that can deliver a no-load speed range between 16,000 to 27,000 RPM. This tool also features a motor which starts softly and has electronic feedback that ensures motor speed is maintained throughout the entire cut. Its plunge base uses a fine-tune adjustment rod to ensure an accurate depth setting and its fixed base has an adjustment ring which enables control bit depth to within 1/64th-inch. Also equipped on this model are dual LEDs and a clear sub-base, over-molded rubber handles, and a low-pressure spindle lock button.