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April 22, 2021

Professional Tool Reviews for Pros


Router Reviews

Our router reviews include corded models with large plunge bases to smaller palm or handheld trim tools. Some of our latest models tested include the Ridgid R2401 trim router and the powerful Triton TRA001 plunge router that we tested extensively in furniture making. To-date, one of the most impressive tools we’ve laid hands on has to include the Bosch 1619EVS Variable-Speed plunge router. It offers incredible power with low vibration, and it also provides excellent control. Pro Level Router Reviews Testing routers includes knowing that setting the best router bit speed matters. Also, high end routers tend to add the power and control needed for higher end applications like cabinet-making. We test using jigs and also with router tables like the Bosch Model RA1181. Applications vary, but so do the routers and the people who use them. Some of the more fun applications for routing include advanced products. This includes the Rockler CNC Shark Black Diamond routing system and even an automatic self-guiding router.

Setting the Best Router Bit Speed

Setting Router Bit Speed | Use this Handy Chart

Using a router to form beautifully finished edges on wood is an analog to painting a drab room. In a very short amount of time with minimal effort, you can improve the look of a boring edge. It only takes a little woodworking experience to find many ways to do things incorrectly. The many nuances of […]

Best Cordless Router Reviews 2021

I have a confession—I love routing. I find it therapeutic. There’s something about running a bit down an edge and adding an element of creativity that’s enjoyable. Recent upgrades in battery and motor technology are letting us cut the cord on trim routers and making the experience that much better. We decided to bring in […]

Review9.0(out of 10)
Kobalt 24V Max Cordless Trim Router

Kobalt 24V Max Cordless Trim Router Review KR 124B-03

The Kobalt 24V Max cordless trim router is one of the more affordable cordless options available. We tested it side-by-side against the most popular brands to see if its design and performance can keep up with the ones that get more hype. Pros Fastest cordless router bit speed (31,500 RPM) Slim, comfortable gripping area Good […]

Review9.2(out of 10)
Skil 14-Amp Router Review

Skil 14-Amp Router Review RT1322-00

We were on the hunt for a few new woodworking tools and came across a Skil 14-amp router that comes with fixed and plunge bases for less than $150. Skil normally gives us a lot of quality and performance for the price, so we brought it to see if it’s worth adding to your shop. […]

Review9.3(out of 10)
Best Cordless Router DeWalt

DeWalt 20V Max XR Cordless Router Review DCW600

The DeWalt 20V Max XR cordless router is built on the foundation of the brand’s popular corded trim router and has a lot to offer. It also happens to be a Pro Tool Innovation Award Winner. But with more than half a dozen other cordless routers to compete with, we wanted to see how this […]

Review8.6(out of 10)
Ridgid 18V Octane Cordless Compact Router

Ridgid 18V Octane Cordless Compact Router Review R860443B

Having reviewed the Ridgid cordless trim router some time ago, we were intrigued when they released an updated model. The new Ridgid 18V Octane Cordless Compact Router (R860443B) remains fully backward-compatible with all Ridgid 18V batteries. It does, however, offer some additional power when combined with new Ridgid Octane batteries. Pros Decent run-time Plenty of […]

Review9.0(out of 10)
Bosch 12V Cordless Edge Router

Bosch 12V Cordless Edge Router Review

When you take a look at the landscape of cordless routers, you might now expect to find a 12V model. However, the Bosch 12V Cordless Edge Router isn’t bothered by what we expect to find and delivers a niche router in a compact frame. Pros Lightweight design Wide-open sightlines to the bit Ergonomics designed specifically […]

Bosch Portable Benchtop Router Table RA1141

Bosch Portable Benchtop Router Table RA1141 | Fastest Setup Ever

Bosch Router Table Delivers Ease of Use and Stability Bosch now has a solution for quick and stable on-the-go woodworking. The Bosch Portable Benchtop Router Table (model RA1141) has all the tools available to turn out a quality product while still keeping itself highly portable. It pulls this off through a combination of quick router […]

Review9.2(out of 10)

Bosch Colt Palm Router Combination Kit Review GKF125CEPK

Bosch Colt Palm Router Combination Kit Gets Your Trim Routing Off to a Great Start Jobs go much easier when everything works the way it’s supposed to and you have all the tools you need. For carpenters and woodworkers, the Bosch Colt palm router combination kit has what you need to make your trim router […]

Makita 18V Trim Router

Makita 18V Trim Router? You’ll Have to Wait

Makita recently introduced its first cordless brushless Makita 18V Trim Router – the DRT50Z – in Australia. The router features the same style base form factor as the corded version RT0701C, which is available in the US, as well as a variable speed control dial and a lock/unlock button. The rest of the specs, well, […]