Top Value in WOOD's review of 3-hp routers (Dec.…
2013) High Points: Comes with more accessories than any other tested 3-hp router. Low Points: With the second-stiffest plunge action of all tested routers and a plunge lock that defaults to free-plunge until you manually secure the lever, this router takes some getting used to for handheld jobs. At 15-1/2 lbs, this router is heavy and feels awkward and top-heavy. Although its subbase has a 3-7/8" opening, the 3-7/16" base opening limits the use of larger bits. The depth-stop lock allowed 1/64" of slippage over 25 test plunges. The speed dial is marked in increments from 1 to 6, with no reference chart for actual speeds. More Points: The leadscrew extension makes bit-height changes easier than most, handheld or table-mounted. The owner’s manual instructs you to remove the plunge spring for use in a router table—an easy job—but it needs to be replaced for handheld routing.
Ease of Use
out of 5