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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. Bosch Colt 1.25 HP Variable Speed Palm Router w/LED
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    Bosch Colt 1.25 HP Variable Speed Palm Router w/LED
    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

  2. DeWalt DWP611PK Compact Router
    DeWalt DWP611PK Compact Router
    97 Review(s)
    Lightweight, compact router excels at common routing tasks like edge profiling, flush trimming, and even mortising with the included plunge base.
    $199.99
  3. 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

  4. Porter-Cable 7518 Variable Speed 3-1/4 HP Motor Only
    Porter-Cable 7518 Variable Speed 3-1/4 HP Motor Only
    16 Review(s)
    Designed to handle a wide variety of home improvement projects.
    $299.99
  5. Makita RP2301FC 3-1/4 HP Variable Speed Plunge Router
    Makita RP2301FC 3-1/4 HP Variable Speed Plunge Router
    Features a robust 3-1/4 horsepower motor, precision adjustments and exceptionally smooth plunging action.
    $329.00
  6. Bosch 2-1/4 HP VS Router
    $169.00
  7. 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
  8. Makita 18V Cordless Lithium-Ion Compact Router Kit with 3-1/4'' Planer
    Makita 18V Cordless Lithium-Ion Compact Router Kit with 3-1/4'' Planer
    2 Review(s)
    Package includes the Makita Cordless Compact Router Kit, plus a Cordless Handheld Planer that runs on the same batteries!
    $568.99
  9. 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
  10. Porter-Cable Speedmatic 3-1/4 HP Five-Speed Router 7518
    Porter-Cable Speedmatic 3-1/4 HP Five-Speed Router 7518
    21 Review(s)
    This 3-1/4 HP variable speed router from Porter Cable has an electronic 5-speed control that ranges from 10,000-21,000 RPM!
    $349.00
  11. DeWalt DWP611 Compact Router, Fixed Base
    $139.99
  12. 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
  13. Porter Cable 450PK Compact Router Combo with Fixed and Plunge Bases
    $189.99
  14. Makita RT0701CX3 1-1/4 HP Compact Router Kit
    Makita RT0701CX3 1-1/4 HP Compact Router Kit
    1 Review(s)
    Power, precision, convenience and three accessory bases make this kit ideal for a wide range of precision routing applications.
    $249.00
  15. Makita 18V Cordless Lithium-Ion Compact Router Kit with 5'' Random Orbit Sander
    Makita 18V Cordless Lithium-Ion Compact Router Kit with 5'' Random Orbit Sander
    Package includes the Makita Cordless Compact Router Kit, plus a Cordless Sander that runs on the same batteries!
    $488.99
  16. Porter Cable 1-3/4 HP D-Handle Router, Model #691
    $184.99
  17. Dewalt DW618PK Heavy-Duty 2-1/4 HP maximum motor HP EVS Fixed Base/Plunge Router Combo Kit w/Soft Start
    $249.99
  18. Porter-Cable 895PK Multi-Base Router Kit Fixed and Plunge Base
    Porter-Cable 895PK Multi-Base Router Kit Fixed and Plunge Base
    15 Review(s)
    Maintains motor speed through the toughest applications.

    For a limited time only!

    $279.99
  19. Porter Cable 450 Compact Router, Fixed Base
    $129.99
  20. Bosch Colt PR20EVSPK Palm Router/Plunge Base Combo Kit
    $189.99
  21. 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
  22. Porter-Cable 894PK with Plunge Base, Fixed Base and VacGrip Handle
    $289.99
  23. Bosch MRC23EVSK Modular Router, 2.3 HP
    $324.99
  24. Dewalt DW618K Heavy-Duty 2-1/4 HP maximum motor HP EVS Fixed Base Router Kit with Soft Start
    $194.99

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.