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

    Regular Price: $199.99

    Special Price $159.99

  2. Porter Cable 690LR Router
    Porter Cable 690LR Router
    20 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 $139.99

  3. Bosch 2-1/4 HP VS Router
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  5. Bosch Colt PR20EVSPK Palm Router/Plunge Base Combo Kit
  6. Porter-Cable 895PK Multi-Base Router Kit Fixed and Plunge Base
    Porter-Cable 895PK Multi-Base Router Kit Fixed and Plunge Base
    12 Review(s)
    Maintains motor speed through the toughest applications.
  7. Porter-Cable 4.5 Amp 1/4'' Palm Router
    Porter-Cable 4.5 Amp 1/4'' Palm Router
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    Thoughtful ergonomics and light weight encourage a relaxed grip for easy, one-handed operation.
  8. DeWalt DWP611 Compact Router, Fixed Base
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  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.
  12. Dewalt DW618PK Heavy-Duty 2-1/4 HP maximum motor HP EVS Fixed Base/Plunge Router Combo Kit w/Soft Start
  13. Porter-Cable 3-1/4 HP Five-Speed Plunge Router
  14. Dewalt DW616 Heavy-Duty 1-3/4 HP maximum motor Fixed Base Router
  15. Porter-Cable 893PK Router Package
  16. Dewalt DW618K Heavy-Duty 2-1/4 HP maximum motor HP EVS Fixed Base Router Kit with Soft Start
  17. Porter-Cable Lever-Release Router Base Only
  18. Porter-Cable 894PK with Plunge Base, Fixed Base and VacGrip Handle
  19. Bosch MRC23EVSK Modular Router, 2.3 HP
  20. Bosch Colt™ Variable-Speed Palm Router Kit
  21. Portamate PM-P254 Variable Speed 3-1/4 HP Router Motor
    Portamate PM-P254 Variable Speed 3-1/4 HP Router Motor
    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.
  22. Porter Cable 1-3/4 HP D-Handle Router, Model #691
  23. Porter-Cable 892 Router
    Porter-Cable 892 Router
    30 Review(s)
    The 890 series is loaded With great features to give you an easier-to-use, more powerful router.
  24. Bosch MRF23EVS Fixed Base Router, 2.3 HP

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.

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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