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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. Makita RF1101KIT2 2-1/4 HP Variable-Speed Plunge Router Kit
    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
  2. Makita 18V Cordless Lithium-Ion Compact Router Kit with Oscillating Multi-Tool
    Makita 18V Cordless Lithium-Ion Compact Router Kit with Oscillating Multi-Tool
    1 Review(s)
    Package includes the Makita Cordless Compact Router Kit, plus a Cordless Oscillating Multi-Tool that runs on the same batteries!
    $518.99
  3. Triton MOF001 2-1/4 HP Dual-Mode Plunge Router
    Triton MOF001 2-1/4 HP Dual-Mode Plunge Router
    10 Review(s)
    Easy to control and simple to adjust, this router is suited equally well for table-mounted or hand-held use.
    $249.99
  4. Bosch 1617EVSPK Router Combo Package
    $219.00
  5. Dewalt DW616 Heavy-Duty 1-3/4 HP maximum motor Fixed Base Router
    $149.99
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. Porter-Cable Lever-Release Router Base Only
    $89.99
  9. Porter-Cable 893PK Router Package
    $279.99
  10. Bosch Colt™ Variable-Speed Palm Router Kit
    $119.00
    Out of stock
  11. Dewalt DW616K Heavy-Duty 1-3/4 HP maximum motor HP Fixed Base Router Kit
    $164.99
  12. Dewalt DW618M Heavy-Duty 2-1/4 HP maximum motor HP EVS Router Motor with Soft Start
    $179.99
  13. Dewalt DW625 Heavy-Duty 3 HP maximum motor HP EVS Plunge Router
    $324.99
  14. 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
  15. Bosch MRF23EVS Fixed Base Router, 2.3 HP
    $244.99
  16. Bosch MRP23EVS Plunge Router, 2.3 HP
    $254.99
  17. Dewalt DW621 Heavy-Duty 2 HP maximum motor HP EVS Plunge Router
    $289.99
  18. 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
    63 Review(s)
    Triton Dual Mode Precision Plunge Router with Multi-Function Fence.
    $279.99
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. Dewalt DW618B3 Heavy-Duty 2-1/4 HP maximum motor HP Three Base Router Kit
    $314.99
  22. 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
  23. Dewalt DW616PK Heavy-Duty 1-3/4 HP maximum motor HP Fixed Base / Plunge Router Combo Kit
    $224.99
  24. Dewalt DW618D Heavy-Duty 2-1/4 HP maximum motor HP EVS D-Handle Router with Soft Start
    $234.99

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.