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Makita 3612C Plunge Router

WOOD magazine rating
Brand:
Makita
Model:
3612C
Price:
$240

Description

* Voltage: 240 volts
* Electric brake for fast stopping of bit; helps prevent accidental marring
* 0 - 2-3/8" plunge depth capacity for easy penetration into workpiece
* Multiple depth adjustments; presetting of 3 plunge depths
* All ball bearing construction for long tool life
* Shaft lock for quick and easy bit changes
* 15 Amp motor
* 9000 to 23,000 RPM

WOOD magazine review

Makita 3612C Plunge Router

Review Summary

High points: Plunge action is smooth and light spring tension is easy (but not too easy) to overcome. The 3612C is the only router out of eleven we tested with an electric brake that slows the bit at power-down. Low points: Guide bushings not provided, and you can’t get an adapter for P-C-style guide bushings. We found the depth-of-cut scale (molded into the router body) difficult to read. Also, the scale can’t be zeroed to easily set plunge depth.
When table-mounted, the spindle lock is on the back side of the router. More points: No dust collection provided, but optional above-base shroud ($23) proved effective. This router lacks coarse depth adjustments under the table, but the large fine-adjustment knob clears the router body to ease this task.

Detailed Ratings

3.8
out of 5

Performance

5

Features

4

Ease of Use

3

Value

3

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