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Trend #T4EK Plunge Router

WOOD magazine rating
Average reader rating
4.9
out of 5
Brand:
Trend Routing Technology
Model:
#T4EK
Price:
$130

Description

Electronic variable speed and has a removable base with 1 11/16 collar for carving, die grinding and pillar drill fitment.
A three stage turret depth stop for fast depth changes.
Accepts all Trend standard template guide bush sizes, has the Trend standard pattern fixing holes in the base and an adjustable twin rod side-fence for guiding along a straight edge.
Includes a 1/4 inch and 8mm collet, a clip-in dust spout, a 5/8 template guide bush, side fence and storage case.

SPECS:
Plunge stroke 0-1 3/8"
Power Input 1.1 hp
Amps 6.6 amp
Standard collet dia 6mm, 1/4" & 8mm
Dust spout size 1 3/8"
Template Guide bush dia 5/8"
No load speeds 11500-32000 rpm
Tool/Ship weight 7.7 lbs
Bit dia. max 1 3/16"
Voltage 120 volts

WOOD magazine review

One-handed mini-plunge router proves handy

Review Summary

I wasn’t sure how much I’d use a small plunge router, but after running Trend’s T4 through the paces on several projects I find myself reaching for it more and more. Essentially a trim router in a plunge base, the T4 works great for inlays and other light-duty plunge work. Because it weighs just over 5 lbs, it’s more nimble than my midsize plunge routers.
And when you want to rout against a straightedge, the base has two parallel flat edges, as well as the guide fence that mounts on either side. I used the T4 to rout mortises freehand for the backs of chairs, and it per- formed flawlessly without trying to stray from my layout marks. I only have two knocks against this handy router. First, the scales are metric. Second, the depth stop rod would not stay tight unless I turned the locking knob a half-turn, which hid the scale (that I wasn’t using anyway). The T4 comes with 1 ⁄4", 6mm, and 8mm collets, a 5 ⁄8" guide bushing, an adapter for Porter-Cable-style bushings, and a guide fence. The variable-speed motor ranges from 11,500 to 32,000 rpm. —Tested by Matt Seiler

Detailed Ratings

4.3
out of 5

Performance

4

Features

4

Ease of Use

4

Value

5

Reader Reviews

Small is the new Big

Review Summary

I've got this router and use it a bunch. The depth stop turret, once spun around, works like most other routers I've used. The light weight makes it nimble enough for fine inlay work, and the (included!) fence works exactly as advertised. I find that this is the second-most used router in my shop, behind my PC 690 in a D-handle. It's really quite a good little router.

Detailed Ratings

4.8
out of 5

Performance

5

Features

4

Ease of Use

5

Value

5

Good Plunge/Trim Router

Review Summary

I use this router almost as much as my big one. Trimming, edging, hand-held working; it outperforms any other trim router I've tried! Rather easy on the wallet too. You can usually find it for $100.00. Lots of power, variable speed, dust collection hook-up, and a good plunge base. You can even use it out of the base as a hand-held 1/4" grinder.

Detailed Ratings

5.0
out of 5

Performance

5

Features

5

Ease of Use

5

Value

5

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