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Routers

  1. Bosch MRF23EVS Fixed Base Router, 2.3 HP
    $244.99
  2. Bosch MRP23EVS Plunge Router, 2.3 HP
    $254.99
  3. Porter Cable 690LR Router
    Porter Cable 690LR Router
    23 Review(s)
    A classic tried-and-true router that has remained virtually unchanged for decades - if it's not broke, don't fix it!
    $159.99
  4. Porter-Cable Lever-Release Router Base Only
    $89.99
  5. Porter-Cable 7518 Variable Speed 3-1/4 HP Motor Only
    Porter-Cable 7518 Variable Speed 3-1/4 HP Motor Only
    13 Review(s)
    Designed to handle a wide variety of home improvement projects.

    For a limited time only! CLICK HERE to purchase the Porter-Cable Variable Speed 3-1/4 HP Motor Only and receive a bonus gift card.

    $299.99
  6. Bosch MRC23EVSK Modular Router, 2.3 HP
    $324.99
  7. DeWalt DWP611 Compact Router, Fixed Base
    $139.99
  8. Dewalt DW616K Heavy-Duty 1-3/4 HP maximum motor HP Fixed Base Router Kit
    $164.99
  9. Dewalt DW618PK Heavy-Duty 2-1/4 HP maximum motor HP EVS Fixed Base/Plunge Router Combo Kit w/Soft Start
    $249.99
  10. 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
  11. DeWalt DWP611PK Compact Router With Trim Router Table and Dust Port
    DeWalt DWP611PK Compact Router With Trim Router Table and Dust Port
    Includes DeWalt Compact Router w/Fixed and Plunge Bases, Trim Router Table, and Router Table Dust Port.
    $273.48
  12. Porter-Cable 893PK Router Package
    $279.99
  13. Dewalt DW618D Heavy-Duty 2-1/4 HP maximum motor HP EVS D-Handle Router with Soft Start
    $234.99
  14. Dewalt DW621 Heavy-Duty 2 HP maximum motor HP EVS Plunge Router
    $289.99
  15. DeWalt DWE6000 Laminate Trimmer/Palm Router
    DeWalt DWE6000 Laminate Trimmer/Palm Router
    Superior ergonomics, ease of use, and excellent accuracy set the DeWalt DWE6000 apart from the crowd.
    $129.99

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.

Base type

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.)

Power/size

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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