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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 3-1/4 HP Five-Speed Plunge Router
    $424.99
  2. Makita XTR01T7 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Brushless Cordless Compact Router Kit with Plunge Base
    New
    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
  3. 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
  4. Makita RP2301FC 3-1/4 HP Variable Speed Plunge Router
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    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
  5. Bosch MRC23EVSK Modular Router, 2.3 HP
    $324.99
  6. Dewalt DW625 Heavy-Duty 3 HP maximum motor HP EVS Plunge Router
    $324.99
  7. Dewalt DW618B3 Heavy-Duty 2-1/4 HP maximum motor HP Three Base Router Kit
    $314.99
  8. Porter-Cable 7518 Variable Speed 3-1/4 HP Motor Only
    Porter-Cable 7518 Variable Speed 3-1/4 HP Motor Only
    14 Review(s)
    Designed to handle a wide variety of home improvement projects.
    $299.99
  9. Porter-Cable 894PK with Plunge Base, Fixed Base and VacGrip Handle
    $289.99
  10. Dewalt DW621 Heavy-Duty 2 HP maximum motor HP EVS Plunge Router
    $289.99
  11. Porter-Cable 893PK Router Package
    $279.99
  12. 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.
    $279.99
  13. Side-mounted cooling vents keep sawdust away from motor housing when router is mounted in a router table.
    Triton 3-1/4 HP Dual-Mode Plunge Router
    50 Review(s)
    Triton Dual Mode Precision Plunge Router with Multi-Function Fence.
    $279.99
  14. DeWalt DWP611PK Compact Router With Trim Router Table and Dust Port
    DeWalt DWP611PK Compact Router With Trim Router Table and Dust Port
    1 Review(s)
    Includes DeWalt Compact Router w/Fixed and Plunge Bases, Trim Router Table, and Router Table Dust Port.
    $273.48
  15. Bosch MRP23EVS Plunge Router, 2.3 HP
    $254.99
  16. Dewalt DW618PK Heavy-Duty 2-1/4 HP maximum motor HP EVS Fixed Base/Plunge Router Combo Kit w/Soft Start
    $249.99
  17. Portamate PM-P254 Variable Speed 3-1/4 HP Router Motor
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    Portamate PM-P254 Variable Speed 3-1/4 HP Router Motor
    2 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.

    Regular Price: $269.99

    Special Price $249.99

  18. Triton MOF001 2-1/4 HP Dual-Mode Plunge Router
    Triton MOF001 2-1/4 HP Dual-Mode Plunge Router
    8 Review(s)
    Easy to control and simple to adjust, this router is suited equally well for table-mounted or hand-held use.
    $249.99
  19. Makita RT0701CX3 1-1/4 HP Compact Router Kit
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    Makita RT0701CX3 1-1/4 HP Compact Router Kit
    Power, precision, convenience and three accessory bases make this kit ideal for a wide range of precision routing applications.
    $249.00
  20. Bosch MRF23EVS Fixed Base Router, 2.3 HP
    $244.99
  21. Makita RF1101KIT2 2-1/4 HP Variable-Speed Plunge Router Kit
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    Makita RF1101KIT2 2-1/4 HP Variable-Speed Plunge Router Kit
    Abundant power paired with convenient features—includes both fixed and plunge bases for the best of both worlds.
    $239.00
  22. Dewalt DW618D Heavy-Duty 2-1/4 HP maximum motor HP EVS D-Handle Router with Soft Start
    $234.99
  23. Dewalt DW616PK Heavy-Duty 1-3/4 HP maximum motor HP Fixed Base / Plunge Router Combo Kit
    $224.99
  24. Porter-Cable 892 Router
    Porter-Cable 892 Router
    36 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.

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