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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. Fixed Base Handles for Makita Compact Routers
    Fixed Base Handles for Makita Compact Routers
    Dual handles provide increased control for your Makita Compact Router—ideal when using larger bits.
    $49.99
  2. Plunge Base for Makita Compact Routers
    Plunge Base for Makita Compact Routers
    Adds the versatility of a plunge router to your Makita Compact Router—easy depth adjustments with a 3-position turret stop.
    $79.99
  3. Dewalt DW660 Heavy-Duty Cut-Out Tool
    $85.99
  4. Porter-Cable Lever-Release Router Base Only
    $89.99
  5. Makita RT0701C 1-1/4 HP Compact Router
    Makita RT0701C 1-1/4 HP Compact Router
    Delivers power and precision in a compact package.
    $99.00
  6. Bosch Colt 1.25 HP Variable Speed Palm Router w/LED
    Sale
    Bosch Colt 1.25 HP Variable Speed Palm Router w/LED
    1 Review(s)
    Features a bigger 1-1/4 horsepower motor, plus an LED light for good visibility in dim lighting.

    Regular Price: $129.00

    Special Price $109.00

  7. Porter-Cable 4.5 Amp 1/4'' Palm Router
    Porter-Cable 4.5 Amp 1/4'' Palm Router
    11 Review(s)
    Thoughtful ergonomics and light weight encourage a relaxed grip for easy, one-handed operation.
    $109.99
  8. Bosch Colt™ Variable-Speed Palm Router Kit
    $119.00
    Out of stock
  9. Makita XTR01Z 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Brushless Cordless Compact Router, Bare Tool
    Makita XTR01Z 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Brushless Cordless Compact Router, Bare Tool
    Corded power meets cordless convenience—unparalleled maneuverability in a compact, lightweight package.
    $129.00
  10. Porter Cable 690LR Router
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    Porter Cable 690LR Router
    28 Review(s)
    A classic tried-and-true router that has remained virtually unchanged for decades - if it's not broke, don't fix it!

    Regular Price: $159.99

    Special Price $129.99

  11. Porter Cable 450 Compact Router, Fixed Base
    $129.99
  12. 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
  13. DeWalt DWP611 Compact Router, Fixed Base
    $139.99
  14. Makita RT0701CX7 1-1/4 HP Compact Router Kit
    Makita RT0701CX7 1-1/4 HP Compact Router Kit
    3 Review(s)
    Compact and powerful, with both fixed and plunge bases for the ultimate in versatility.
    $149.00
  15. Dewalt DW616 Heavy-Duty 1-3/4 HP maximum motor Fixed Base Router
    $149.99
  16. 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
  17. Dewalt DW616K Heavy-Duty 1-3/4 HP maximum motor HP Fixed Base Router Kit
    $164.99
  18. Bosch 2-1/4 HP VS Router
    $169.00
  19. Dewalt DW618M Heavy-Duty 2-1/4 HP maximum motor HP EVS Router Motor with Soft Start
    $179.99
  20. Porter Cable 1-3/4 HP D-Handle Router, Model #691
    $184.99
  21. Porter Cable 450PK Compact Router Combo with Fixed and Plunge Bases
    $189.99
  22. Bosch Colt PR20EVSPK Palm Router/Plunge Base Combo Kit
    $189.99
  23. Dewalt DW618K Heavy-Duty 2-1/4 HP maximum motor HP EVS Fixed Base Router Kit with Soft Start
    $194.99
  24. Porter-Cable 892 Router
    Porter-Cable 892 Router
    39 Review(s)
    The 890 series is loaded With great features to give you an easier-to-use, more powerful router.
    $199.99

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.