Compact Plunge Router Kit Reviews
Issue: Compact Plunge Router Kit Review (November/December 2012)
Posted Date: 2/7/2014
Bosch broke new ground for compact handheld routing seven years ago when its Colt Palm Router entered the market, and I wondered then if the “more routing with less router” theme would catch on. It definitely has. In the years since, Trend, DeWALT/PORTER-CABLE and, most recently, Makita have followed suit with their own versions of 1- to 1-1⁄4hp compact routers. Now, you can choose from five different models — all with plunge bases that, to me, sacrifice little in the way of precision or convenience from their larger kin. But, to explore their merits, I’ve run the group through some rigorous routing tasks: full-depth edge profiling with a 1/2" cove bit, shallow freehand mortising and deep guided mortising in oak and hard maple, and templated letter carving. In a nutshell, here’s what it proved: these versatile, easy-to-handle tools are fully capable woodworking routers. If you think they’re just hopped-up laminate trimmers, it just ain’t so. Here’s how these pint-sized plunge routers tested.
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DeWALT DWP611PK and PORTER-CABLE 450PK