Review

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

Product

Performance

4
Average: 4 (1 vote)

Features

4
Average: 4 (1 vote)

Ease of Use

4
Average: 4 (1 vote)

Value

5
Average: 5 (1 vote)
4.3
out of 5