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Routers

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Plunge Routers

Plunge


Ideal for:

✓ Stopped Dadoes
✓ Fluting
✓ Inlay Grooves
✓ Template Routing
✓ Mortising
Fixed Base Routers

Fixed Base


Ideal for:

✓ Edge profiling
✓ Router Table Use
✓ Pattern Routing
✓ Repeat Applications
Compact Routers

Compact


Ideal for:

✓ Trim Routing
✓ Cutting flutes
✓ Edge Profiling
✓ Small CNC Machines
  1. Porter-Cable 893PK Router Package
    $279.99
  2. Dewalt DW660 Heavy-Duty Cut-Out Tool
    $85.99
  3. DeWalt DWE6000 Laminate Trimmer/Palm Router
    DeWalt DWE6000 Laminate Trimmer/Palm Router
    3 Review(s)
    Superior ergonomics, ease of use, and excellent accuracy set the DeWalt DWE6000 apart from the crowd.
    $129.99
  4. Portamate PM-P254 Variable Speed 3-1/4 HP Router Motor
    Portamate PM-P254 Variable Speed 3-1/4 HP Router Motor
    3 Review(s)
    The Portamate PM-P254 provides abundant power at an attractive price point—the perfect spare router motor for use in router tables and CNC machines.
    $269.99
    Out of stock
  5. Porter-Cable 892 Router
    Porter-Cable 892 Router
    38 Review(s)
    The 890 series is loaded With great features to give you an easier-to-use, more powerful router.
    $199.99
  6. Bosch MRF23EVS Fixed Base Router, 2.3 HP
    $244.99
  7. Bosch MRC23EVSK Modular Router, 2.3 HP
    $324.99
  8. DeWalt DWP611 Compact Router, Fixed Base
    $139.99
  9. Dewalt DW616 Heavy-Duty 1-3/4 HP maximum motor Fixed Base Router
    $149.99
  10. Dewalt DW618D Heavy-Duty 2-1/4 HP maximum motor HP EVS D-Handle Router with Soft Start
    $234.99
  11. Dewalt DW621 Heavy-Duty 2 HP maximum motor HP EVS Plunge Router
    $289.99
  12. Dewalt DW625 Heavy-Duty 3 HP maximum motor HP EVS Plunge Router
    $324.99
  13. Bosch 1617EVSPK Router Combo Package
    $219.00
  14. Dewalt DW616K Heavy-Duty 1-3/4 HP maximum motor HP Fixed Base Router Kit
    $164.99
  15. Makita XTR01T7 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Brushless Cordless Compact Router Kit with Plunge Base
    Makita XTR01T7 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Brushless Cordless Compact Router Kit with Plunge Base
    Compact, lightweight and cordless—bundles the router with a plunge base, batteries, charger, edge guide and case.
    $399.99
  16. Porter-Cable 895PK Multi-Base Router Kit Fixed and Plunge Base
    Porter-Cable 895PK Multi-Base Router Kit Fixed and Plunge Base
    14 Review(s)
    Maintains motor speed through the toughest applications.

    For a limited time only! CLICK HERE to purchase the Porter-Cable 895PK Multi-Base Router Kit Fixed and Plunge Base and receive a bonus gift card.

    $279.99
  17. Bosch MRP23EVS Plunge Router, 2.3 HP
    $254.99
  18. Dewalt DW616PK Heavy-Duty 1-3/4 HP maximum motor HP Fixed Base / Plunge Router Combo Kit
    $224.99
  19. Fixed Base Handles for Makita Compact Routers
    New
    Fixed Base Handles for Makita Compact Routers
    Dual handles provide increased control for your Makita Compact Router—ideal when using larger bits.
    $49.99
  20. Makita RP0900K 1-1/4 HP Plunge Router
    Makita RP0900K 1-1/4 HP Plunge Router
    A compact plunge router that's perfect for detail routing projects—1-3/8'' plunge capacity!
    $159.00
  21. Dewalt DW618B3 Heavy-Duty 2-1/4 HP maximum motor HP Three Base Router Kit
    $314.99
  22. Bosch 2-1/4 HP VS Router
    $169.00
  23. Porter-Cable Lever-Release Router Base Only
    $89.99
  24. Porter-Cable 894PK with Plunge Base, Fixed Base and VacGrip Handle
    $289.99

Choosing a Router Bit

You’ve finally got that new router, and you’re eager to use it. High-tech as it is, though, it’s toothless without router bits. But which bits should you buy? If you haven’t used a router much, the options can be dizzying. Here’s what you need to know to make informed choices.


Choosing a Router Bit

You’ve finally got that new router, and you’re eager to use it. High-tech as it is, though, it’s toothless without router bits. But which bits should you buy? If you haven’t used a router much, the options can be dizzying. Here’s what you need to know to make informed choices.

A beginner’s guide to choosing router bits
10 tips for clean cuts with router bits

 

Routers: Key Characteristics

Collet size:

The collet tightens to grip the shank of the bit being mounted in the router. Many mid-size routers come with both 1/4" and 1/2" collets, so they can work with both 1/4"- and 1/2"-shank bits.

Fixed:

The standard base, with knobs on either side for holding and guiding the router. It also can easily be mounted to a router table.

Plunge:

The base mechanism allows the rotating bit to be lowered a set distance into the stock to make stopped grooves and dadoes, as well as mortises.

D-handle:

Instead of two knobs, as on the standard base, there's a knob and a D-shaped handle that provides pistol-grip control and a locking on/off trigger power switch.

Speed:

Some routers are equipped with variable-speed adjustment features, which means that the speed at which the spindle rotates can be adjusted to work safely with bits of different diameters. (Larger bits need to be run at a slower speed than smaller bits.)

Laminate/trim routers:

These machines, which typically have smaller motors and 1/4" collets, are easy to control and ideal for small jobs such as trimming or finishing laminate edges.

Compact routers:

They're smaller than their mid-size cousins, but with 1 to 1-1/4 hp, compact routers have more power than trim routers. They provide great control and enough power for many workshop tasks, including edge forming, mortising and freehand routing. They usually have 1/4" collets.

Mid-size routers:

They typically have 1-3/4 hp to 2-1/4 hp motors and come with 1/4" and 1/2" collets. Their power and versatility make them a workshop staple, as they can be used both for handheld and table-mounted routing.

Large routers:

Typically equipped with 3 hp to 3-1/4 hp motors, these routers are built to handle heavy-duty routing work.