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Makita RP1101 Plunge Router

WOOD magazine rating


1/4", 1/2" collet
speed range 8,000-24,000 rpm
2-19/32" max plunge depth
3 depth stop
1-1/4" subbase opening
3" base opening
8-1/2' cord length
1 year warranty
10.3 lbs

WOOD magazine review

This plunger's motor also fits a matching fixed base

Review Summary

High points: All-metal construction (except for cap on motor) makes this a durable tool. Spring-loaded plunge lock returns automatically to locked position, so you always know where to find it. Very smooth plunge action. Externally replaceable motor brushes for easy maintenance. Low points: Threaded stop rod is microadjustable, but the micro-scale and zero point both turn with each adjustment, so you can’t tell how much you’ve changed.
The quick-release button for the stop rod requires 1 turn to release, but with 1-1/2 turns, it falls off. Painted, mushroom-shaped handles are less comfortable to our hands than pistol-grip style, and contribute to this router feeling top-heavy. Round base lacks a flat edge for guiding along a fence. Plunge lock can’t be defeated for router-table use. More points Requires two wrenches for changing bits. Toggle power switch on top of motor can’t be reached with both hands on the router’s handles, but works well with the router table-mounted. Small subbase opening fits P-C guide bushings, but restricts view of bit. Dust hood is an optional accessory. Motor also fits in Makita’s accessory fixed-base and D- handle bases. This interchangeability leads to many of the RP1101’s shortcomings as a dedicated plunge router.

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out of 5





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