High points: Best in our test of mid-size plunge routers for dust extraction with a shop vacuum attached.…
Rack-and-pinion depth-setting system with microadjust works well and is adjustable to 1/256". Left handle rotates to engage and disengage plunge lock, so your hands remain in full grip of the router at all times. Very smooth plunge action. The quietest router in the test at 88 dB. Low points: Locking power switch requires a clumsy three-step process that takes some getting used to, and is difficult to engage with router table-mounted. Mushroom-shaped handles are less comfortable to our hands than pistol-grip style. The clear plastic dust hood tends to cloud with dust, even when used with a vacuum, limiting view of the bit; you can easily remove it. More points: If you turn off the motor and then start it again before it stops turning, it won’t restart until it slows to a low rpm. This feature may add life to the motor but we found it annoying, especially when combined with the already awkward power switch.
Ease of Use
out of 5