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.
Ease of Use
out of 5