Review

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.

Product

Performance

5
Average: 5 (1 vote)

Features

4
Average: 4 (1 vote)

Ease of Use

5
Average: 5 (1 vote)

Value

5
Average: 5 (1 vote)
4.8
out of 5