Review

A lightweight plunge router is perfect for delicate jobs, such as hinge mortises and inlays. DeWalt delivers that and more with this compact router kit.
At 1-1⁄4 hp, it has more power than a trim router at half the weight of a midsize router. That makes it nimble for fine work, yet stout enough for many routine routing jobs, such as edge profiles, rabbets, dadoes, and pattern routing. Used with plunge and fixed bases, the motor slips effortlessly from one base to the other. While using it to rout dadoes and rabbets and keyhole slots for a bookshelf, 1"-deep mortises in table legs, and multiple edge profiles, the DeWalt never bogged down. You get 1-1⁄2" of height adjustment on the fixed base and 2" on the plunge base. The plunge base also has four fixed turret depth stops and one adjustable stop. The DeWalt is a great buy. It has a variable-speed motor (16,000 to 27,000 rpm), LED lights around the collet, and a D-shaped clear-plastic subbase on the fixed base with a bit opening of 1-1⁄2". The plunge subbase has a smaller, molded opening to fit guide bushings; to use guide bushings on the fixed base, though, you’ll need to buy an optional subbase for $8.

Product

Performance

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Features

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Ease of Use

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Value

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5.0
out of 5