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Makita RT0701CX7 1-1/4 HP Compact Router Kit

Compact and powerful, with both fixed and plunge bases for the ultimate in versatility.
Item #
56434
Rating:
94% of 100

Makita's 1-1/4 HP Compact Router Kit model RT0701CX7 delivers performance, versatility and precision in a compact size. Its motor boasts a full 1-1/4 horsepower, while the plunge base allows a full range of precision routing applications. Variable speed from 10,000-30,000 RPM enables the user to match the speed to the application, while electronic speed control maintains constant speed under load, and soft start aids control when turning the router on. The RT0701CX7 is double-insulated, and features a heavy-duty aluminum motor housing for increased durability. It features a smooth rack-and-pinion fine depth adjustment system and easy-to-read depth scales for precise settings. The quick release cam lock system is designed for easy depth adjustments and base removal/installation. The router's slim and ergonomic design and light weight of only 3.9 lbs make it a pleasure to use. Its durable flat top provides added convenience when changing bits. The base can be removed quickly to install other bases, and the shaft lock is engineered for quick and easy bit changes (uses 1/4'' shank router bits). The included plunge base has a full 0'' – 1-3/8'' depth capacity, and an easy-to-use fine depth adjustment with 3 preset depth stops. The router accepts industry standard template guides for added versatility.Both the fixed and plunge base accepts industry standard template guides for added versatility and convenience with addition of 54390 (sold separately) Template Guide Adapter.


Features:

  • Variable speed control dial (10,000 - 30,000 RPM) enables user to match the speed to the application
  • Smooth rack-and-pinion fine depth adjustment system for more precise settings
  • Slim, ergonomically designed body for increased comfort and control
  • Quick release cam lock system for easy depth adjustments and base removal/installation
  • Electronic speed control maintains constant speed under load
  • Soft start feature for smooth start ups
  • Fixed base accepts industry standard template guides for convenience
  • High visibility base design for improved handling and performance
  • Base can be removed quickly to install other bases
  • Heavy duty aluminum motor housing engineered for increased durability
  • Shaft lock for quick and easy bit changes
  • Durable flat top design for added convenience when changing bits
  • Non-marring high-durability base insert for increased workpiece protection
  • Easy-to-read depth scales
  • Uses 1/4'' shank router bits
  • 0'' - 1-3/8'' plunge depth capacity for easy penetration into workpiece
  • Easy-to-use fine depth adjustment with 3 preset depth stops for added precision
  • Ideal for routing small profiles, dovetailing, door hinges and more
  • Conveniently located plunge lock lever for operator convenience
  • Removable clear plastic shield engineered to reduce airborne debris
  • Sub-base accepts industry standard template guides for convenience
(1) Makita 1-1/4 HP Compact Router Kit with Fixed Base (RT0701C)
(1) 1/4'' Collet (763637-1)
(1) Plunge Base (195563-0)
(1) Straight Guide (164834-6)
(1) Spanner Wrench (781039-9)
(1) Spanner Wrench (781011-1)
More Information
Brand Makita
Manufacturer Part Number RT0701CX7
Weight 9.8600
Tech Spec
  • Collet: 1/4''
  • Plunge Capacity: 1-3/8''
  • No Load Speed (variable speed): 10,000 - 30,000 RPM
  • Amps: 6.5
  • Maximum Horsepower: 1-1/4 HP
  • Variable Speed Dial: Yes
  • Power Type: Corded
4.7 / 5.0
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Awesome little router that’s easy to handle and surprisingly powerful. A great buy!
February 11, 2020
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Makita 1-1/4 router
I chose this router as it was smaller, lighter weight, and much easier to handle in my advanced age. So I added it to my collection and made it number 4 router. Also liked the advantage of the plunge base. Price was right also.
September 9, 2019
Purchased
9 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Awesome tool, has enough power to get the projects around the house and job site done right.
May 5, 2019
Purchased
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
makita rt0701cx7 1-1/4
i own four other routers and I love this little router.very convenient. the collet is plastic so time will tell on that.All my bits are 1/2" diameter so now will have to buy 1/4"D. Just get when I need. I like it for dressing up small boxes. Made a slightly larger base plate so I could table mount.Plunge base well made. Don't like progressive depth stop, seems cheap.
February 16, 2019
Purchased
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Nice router.
Perfect size for pattern work. Priced well.
September 8, 2018
Purchased
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Great Compact Router
This router was recommended to me and I rally like it. Easy to use and clean cuts.
September 8, 2018
Purchased
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Trim Router.
This is a great router. Light weight and powerful. Easy to load bits and works great.
March 5, 2018
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
Excellent
Easy to use and change bits
January 17, 2018
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
Great Router
Light weight, easy to handle, very easy to adjust depth of cut and variable speed is a plus for different types of cuts. This router will get lots of use while my old ones collect dust......
January 6, 2018
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Great beginner router set
This is my first router i bought this set a couple months ago and I have used it regularly and the fixed vase is great I have had no issues with it other than the bit opening is small so u can't use bits that are over 1 inch or so in width. I built a router table for the plunge base and now I'm happy with it. When I used it freehand it seemed 2 always loose the depth setting and go deeper than I set it 2 go every time I used it 2 make a groove. IDK if it was me being a beginner but I've seen other reviews saying this 2. But it's a great starter set if ur a beginner cause after using this set u will know what u need 2 upgrade 2 if u need 2. If u just need 2 cut mortises and grooves or do edge treatments then this will be all u will need. And it has plenty enough power 2 do any of them tasks and more.
July 11, 2018
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
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Why did you choose this?
Rockler Store
I wanted something that was compact along with a plunge kit
michael n on May 28, 2020
I like Makita in general. nice to have the plunger base separate. reasonable price
JOHN R on May 4, 2020
I wanted something that was compact along with a plunge kit
michael n on May 28, 2020
I am wanting to make some trays and I don't have plunge router
Dale K on May 9, 2020
I like Makita in general. nice to have the plunger base separate. reasonable price
JOHN R on May 4, 2020
Gift for my son - he selected it.
Joan C on May 1, 2020
Good Price, Good Product
Todd M on Apr 27, 2020
I have owned Makita tools and still own them , and ‘‘this would be a great addition to my tool collection, I have owned a router that was given to but it was very bulky and hard to use , I’m excited to see what I can do with this awesome tool.
Kenny R on Apr 18, 2020
I wanted a compact plunge router for my fine furniture work. I already have the cordless version of this router so I can interchange router motors with the plunge base. I have quite a few Makita power tools and love their performance.
Stephen S on Apr 17, 2020
Good price for tool and Accessories included.
John K on Apr 14, 2020
Needed a smaller router for small projects. I have two already.
G A on Dec 10, 2019
just starting to work with the router , the 13 pounders are to heavy for inlay work. Thank YUou
Phillip L on Nov 22, 2019
I have a compact Makita router that I use a lot but it doesn't have the plunge feature. Having (2) will be very handy.
H O on Aug 28, 2019
Good salesmen at Rockler.
Al A on Aug 23, 2019
free shipping
david g on Aug 16, 2019
Price
timdog on Aug 10, 2019
None in stock at local stores.
CRAIG S on May 11, 2019
1st router and the price was right
adam h on Apr 22, 2019
The smaller but rugged size along with the plunge router.
David R on Mar 24, 2019
Mainly for the price
Kenny Williams A on Feb 14, 2019
dual base & price
richard c on Jan 26, 2019
lowest price i've seen to date on this item/kit
tim c on Nov 26, 2018
Great price
Glenn W on Nov 24, 2018
GOOD FEATURES, GOOD PRICE
Robert R on Aug 16, 2018
I wanted a compact router with a plunge base and edge guide for fine work and to prevent having to constantly take my larger router out of my router table
Tom N on Aug 6, 2018
I like a Mikita products
Mike F on Jul 26, 2018
Quality/utility
STEVE P on Jul 16, 2018
Been using Makita for 40 years. Excellent products. Won't hesitate to recommend for anyone.
Roninrus1 on Feb 9, 2018
I HAVE MAKITA TOOLS THERE GREAT
RAMON R on Feb 3, 2018
Compact design
Karen W on Jan 12, 2018
Good price for a decent quality router & plunge base; both of which I need...
Robert W on Dec 25, 2017
Need for a smaller hand held router.
Stan L on Dec 24, 2017
Product features
John B on Dec 17, 2017
Good price point for both a fixed and plunge base.
Zachary M on Dec 17, 2017
I've been wanting a small handheld router because my current router is so big and bulky. Besides that Makita has a good reputation and it was on sale!
Wilbur C on Dec 15, 2017
Price
Michael C on Nov 28, 2017
Seemed to be a good value
Joe C on Nov 7, 2017
I am wanting to make some trays and I don't have plunge router
Dale K on May 9, 2020
Gift for my son - he selected it.
Joan C on May 1, 2020
I want to cut our kitchen cabinet door and install glass. Will this router work? I've never done this before.
Bev F on Apr 22, 2019
BEST ANSWER: I did the very same project and used this router. It worked great, powerful enough, and easy to handle with just one hand. I built a jig to hold each cabinet door and provide straight edge for router to follow. It’s a little time consuming based on the number of doors. Turned out great.
I make my own frames. Would this be good for cutting rabbets?
Jim K on Mar 10, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Any router can cut rabbets given you have the right bit. Larger routers accommodate 1/2" shaft bits and have stronger motors so they will allow you to route faster and take off more material at a time. That said this router will work for the intended job.
Does this router have a work light of any kind?
Tim B on Aug 24, 2019
BEST ANSWER: No, it doesn't but would be nice if it did.
Would this work in a router table setup?
J Mo on Jan 4, 2019
BEST ANSWER: I suppose you could. But it would take a lot of engineering on your part. I've not seen any router base attachments that would fit the RT0701's small footprint. Not that there aren't any. I just haven't seen them. Your better off going with a larger router for an undermount anyway. More power and versatility. Plenty of choices there. This little guy is better for small hand-routing jobs - great for edging, plunge cuts, small dadoes and such. I like it alot. Good luck.
where was this unit made?
Farid H on May 1, 2020
Makita RT0701CX7 1-1/4 HP Compact Router Kit
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BEST ANSWER: According to the purchasing information I have at Rockler.
The Makita is made in Canada and the Dewalt is made in Mexico.
Is there an extension for more depth to cut a corian sink?
Kenneth M on Mar 28, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Do you want to cut out the 'shape' of a sink in corian or do you want to cut thru a corian counter top to install a sink ?
Which ever, I would not recommend the use of this router or any 1 1/4 hp plunge router, to cut through any solid surface materials.
Does the Rockler 11 piece Template Guide Kit work with the Makita RT0701CX7 Router Kit?
Aaron S on Mar 9, 2020
BEST ANSWER: The router will work with all Porter Cable style bushing sets, including the Rockler. However, you also need the Mikita 321492-3 template guide adapter. The adaptor is needed so the bushings sit properly in the router. Available on Amazon for 26.95.
Does the dust collector kit for this router work good and worth the money?
Francis Allen R on Aug 11, 2019
BEST ANSWER: As these things go I would say it works as well as can be expected-that said I would say I’m satisfied with how it woks and the price.
Will the cordless makita trim routers fit in this base ?
Rodney G on Jul 31, 2019
BEST ANSWER: I really don't know, but an email to Makita should give you the answer
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