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Makita RP2301FC 3-hp Plunge Router

WOOD magazine rating
Brand:
Makita
Model:
RP2301FC
Price:
$326

Description

Collet Capacities 1/4" & 1/2"
Plunge Capacity 0" - 2-3/4"
No Load Speed 9,000 - 22,000 RPM
AMPS (120V) 15.0
Max Horsepower* 3-1/4
Overall Height 12-1/4"
Net Weight (lbs.) 13.4
Shipping Weight (lbs.) 17.6

WOOD magazine review

Very nice handheld plunger

Review Summary

High Points:  With LED lights surrounding the spindle to brighten the cutting area, a low profile for good balance, nice handles, smooth plunge action, and good bit visibility, this router excels in handheld use.  A chart on the router body translates speed-dial markings to actual speeds. Low Points:  The depth-stop lock allowed 1/64" of slippage over 25 test plunges.  No included dust-collection hoods, although a dust shield diverts chips.  The 2-7/16" base opening limits the
use of larger bits.  The leadscrew adjuster proved finicky to use, even with the extension handle; we preferred using the plunge lock and turret stops alone for adjustments.  When mounted in a table (and still under spring tension), coarse adjustments proved difficult unless the insert plate was screwed to the table or held in place by the fence. More Points:  A sleeve inserts into the 1/2" collet for 1/4"-shank bits.

Detailed Ratings

4.5
out of 5

Performance

5

Features

4

Ease of Use

5

Value

4

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