Milwaukee 5625-20 3-hp Fixed Base Router

WOOD magazine rating
Average reader rating
5.0
out of 5
Brand:
Milwaukee Tool
Model:
5625-20
Price:
$350

Description

Voltage 120 AC
Amps 15.0
Max HP 3.5
No Load RPM 10,000-22,000
Collet Diameter 1/4"-1/2"
Plunge Stroke N/A
Depth Adjustment Range 1-21/32"
Base Type Fixed 2 Handle
Base Dimensions 7"
Cord Type 8' Fixed
Construction Type Double Insulated
Switch Type Rocker
Dial Speed Control Yes
Electronic Feedback Yes
Height 9-1/4"
Tool Weight 11.8 lbs
Shipping Weight 14.78 lbs

WOOD magazine review

Top Router for Table-Mounting

Review Summary

Top Tool for Router-Table Use among 3-hp routers (Dec. 2013) High points: The lightest router in the 3+hp class (12 lbs), the 5625-20 feels almost like a midsize router when compared to the other 3-hp heavyweights. Its nimbleness and large handles make it excellent for non-plunging tasks. Coarse and fine adjustments prove easy when setting bit depth in handheld mode. A chart on the router body translates speed-dial markings to actual speeds.
Call us old school, but we still prefer changing bits with two wrenches, and Milwaukee’s beefy wrenches are our favorites. The only router in this power class that provides through-the-tabletop adjustment for cutting depth, a feature we quickly grew to love. Collet raises high enough to change most router bits from above the table. Clear subbases (one for P-C guide bushings, and the other with a larger opening) provide a good view of the bit when routing handheld. Two-stage depth-setting system (a quick-release nut for large depth changes, and a knob for fine adjustments) proved effective and accurate both handheld and table-mounted. Low points: Motor can drop out of base if unsupported when making large depth changes under the table. 1¾" cutting-depth range is the least of the tested machines. You get no 1/4" collet or dust-collection accessories with this router, and no dust hoods are available. No flat edge on the subbase makes routing against a straightedge more prone to slight discrepancies. More points: One of only two fixed-base routers in our 3-hp router test; field cuts are more difficult without plunge action. Pistol-grip handles can be replaced with included ball-shaped handles if the user prefers. The included T-wrench makes through-the-table height adjustments a snap, but you must first reach below the table to unlock the router base. You can change most bits above the table, but large-diameter bits block wrench access.

Detailed Ratings

4.8
out of 5

Performance

5

Features

4

Ease of Use

5

Value

5

Reader Reviews

This Is A Great Router For A Router Table!

Review Summary

I bought this router a couple of years ago for use in my router table. I messed with it in its original fixed base, but I don't really have an application that can use the power of this router in a base. I installed it in a Jess-Em Master Lifter base and my router table. The combination is dynamite! If you don't want to use a lift, the router and base have a mechanism that allows you to adjust the height of the router from above.
This would enable you to just bolt the fixed base to your router table and use it as is. You would have to be careful that the router didn't fall out though. I recommend a real lift instead. The motor is fairly large and heavy and very sturdy. There is a speed control knob near the top and it works well. You can mount the router high enough in the lift that the collet sticks out above your router table for easy access. The electronic speed regulation circuits work very well, keeping the router bit at a steady speed, even under load. I have used this router with bits from 1/8 inch to 3 1/2 inches with equal success. Panel raising bits are a breeze. The collets for this router work very well. They have a firm hold on the bit and don't creep. They release easily. I haven't had a bit get stuck and I tend to really crank down on them. One minor downside: The router only comes with a 1/2 inch collet. You need to buy the 1/4 inch collet if you want it or use a reducing bushing. I really like this router. It has made using my router table a joy.

Detailed Ratings

5.0
out of 5

Performance

5

Features

5

Ease of Use

5

Value

5

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