This kit includes fixed and plunge bases as well as tilting and offset bases. The latter two, used primarily for trimming laminate countertops, serve cabinet installers best.…
But you can save money by purchasing the fixed-base router (#RT0700C, $130) and then getting the plunge base (#RT0700P, $60) separately. In addition to the bases, you get a fixed-base edge guide, two dust-collection hoods, and a proprietary guide bushing for each base, not to mention a picnic-basket-size canvas bag to carry it all. The router worked well in the fixed base, although its slim body felt awkward to grip at times. (You might prefer this if you have small hands.) And the plunge base has a low starting height, a short plunge range, a complicated depth-stop system, and a plunge-lock lever that worked loose on several occasions during our testing. This kit is brand new, and in our opinion, Makita has some kinks to work out with the plunge base. The other bases work effectively, but for woodworking we just couldn't think of that many applications where they meet a need.
Ease of Use
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