Routers

  1. Triton 3-1/4 HP Dual-Mode Plunge Router
  2. Porter-Cable 7518 Variable Speed 3-1/4 HP Motor Only
    Porter-Cable 7518 Variable Speed 3-1/4 HP Motor Only
    3 Review(s)
    Designed to handle a wide variety of home improvement projects.
  3. 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.
  4. Dewalt DW618PK Heavy-Duty 2-1/4 HP maximum motor HP EVS Fixed Base/Plunge Router Combo Kit w/Soft Start
  5. Porter-Cable 895PK Multi-Base Router Kit Fixed and Plunge Base
    Porter-Cable 895PK Multi-Base Router Kit Fixed and Plunge Base
    6 Review(s)
    Maintains motor speed through the toughest applications.
  6. Bosch 1617EVSPK Router Combo Package
  7. Porter-Cable 893PK Router Package
  8. Porter-Cable 894PK with Plunge Base, Fixed Base and VacGrip Handle
  9. Bosch MRF23EVS Fixed Base Router, 2.3 HP
    New
  10. Bosch MRP23EVS Plunge Router, 2.3 HP
  11. Dewalt D26670K Laminate Trimmer Kit
  12. Dewalt DW616PK Heavy-Duty 1-3/4 HP maximum motor HP Fixed Base / Plunge Router Combo Kit
  13. Dewalt DW618D Heavy-Duty 2-1/4 HP maximum motor HP EVS D-Handle Router with Soft Start
  14. Dewalt DW621 Heavy-Duty 2 HP maximum motor HP EVS Plunge Router
    New

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.

What People are Saying:

I have been ordering from Rockler for almost 20 years and have found their products to be very inexpensive and of high quality. Shipping is fast even when an item is back ordered. The best prices I have found anywhere."

- Orval - 08/07/2012

What People are Saying:

I have been ordering from Rockler for almost 20 years and have found their products to be very inexpensive and of high quality. Shipping is fast even when an item is back ordered. The best prices I have found anywhere."

- Orval - 08/07/2012
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