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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.

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, […]

Review7.8(out of 10)
Ryobi 18V One+ Cordless Trim Router

Ryobi One+ 18V Cordless Trim Router P601

The Ryobi 18V One+ cordless trim router is the bargain of the cordless group. Just $69 as a bare tool, it’s an easy way to try your hand at cordless routing. PROS Easy-to-use micro-adjustment Good material visibility Lightweight design CONS Single speed only Top heavy Plastic body construction instead of metal No fence included Ryobi […]

Review8.5(out of 10)
Ryobi 15-Piece Router Bit Set

Ryobi 15-Piece Router Bit Set Review

Nothing puts the finishing touches on a woodworking project quite like a nicely routed edge. But router bits do more than just increase the aesthetic form of a piece. They also work for cutting dados, rabbets, and mortises. With a little patience and a quality bit, quite literal run-of-the-mill stock can be transformed into beautiful and functional […]

Review8.4(out of 10)
Triton TRA001 on Tool Hanger

Triton TRA001 Plunge Router Review

The first time I heard of Triton power tools was when I came across the Torque Work Centre. In the product details it mentions that there’s an accessory that attaches Triton routers to the Work Centre. I remember thinking, “What’s a Triton router?” In doing a quick Internet search to find that not only were […]

Review8.8(out of 10)
Bosch Router Table Feature 3

Bosch Router Table Review (Model RA1181)

We moved into a new home about a year ago and I am finally nearing the category of minuscule home repair/renovation items on my project list.  These are the items that seem to linger forever, that tiny trim piece needed above the microwave, the missing shoe moulding that needs to be installed beside the fireplace, a […]

Review8.4(out of 10)
Ridgid R2200 Featured Image 2

Ridgid R2200 Heavy Duty 2 HP Router Review

For a wood worker or wood furniture maker, the router is an indispensable piece of equipment. It’s what allows use to take a piece from simply being functional to becoming a timeless beauty. Technology has brought with it the ability to accomplish what would have taken days by hand in just a few minutes. Weeks […]

Review9.2(out of 10)
Ridgid Trim Router Featured Image

Ridgid Trim Router (R2401) Exceeds Expectations

Recently I’ve found myself working entirely in the medium of birch plywood for a variety of projects. Perhaps it’s my inner Scandinavian coming alive or maybe just too many visits to my local Ikea store. The list of recent projects includes a new kitchen island, a sofa table, a short window seat with storage, and […]

DeWALT Laminate Trimmer

DeWALT Laminate Trimmer DWE6000 Preview

New for the world of woodworking and cabinetmaking is the DeWALT Laminate Trimmer, model DWE6000. This latest model offers solid performance with a 4.5 amp single speed motor capable of up to 31,000 rotations per minute (rpm). The DWE6000 weighs in at 3.3 pounds, making it a lighter weight option than previous models. Height changes […]

Review9.8(out of 10)
1619EVS in action

Bosch 1619EVS Variable-Speed Plunge Router Review

I remember my dad’s Bosch sander, jigsaw, and drill were the tools that had to be properly returned to their cases, with the cords wrapped up to his specs, as soon as you were finished with man-practice. Those were the ones you’d get in real trouble for mistreating. To this day, I go out of […]