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May 9, 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.

Bosch Colt Palm Router Combo Kit

Bosch Colt Palm Router Combo Kit Review

This month I had the privilege of testing an interesting new palm router kit from Bosh. As usual, Bosch assigns a descriptive model number to the tool: PR20EVSPK. This stands for Palm Router 20 Electronic Variable Speed for the tool. The PK is for kitting it with a fence and a plunge base that converts […]

Automatic Self-Guiding Router?

Automatic Self-Guiding Router a Reality?

We’re not sure who or what this tool will ultimately target, but Alec Rivers, a Ph.D. student at MIT, developed a self-correcting router that only needs to be loosely guided by hand and can perform intricate cuts to a preset path. The system is actually fairly compact and uses computers to guide the router along […]

Rockler Shows Off New Router Table Cabinet

Rockler Shows Off New Router Table Cabinet

Rockler Woodworking and Hardware just came out with a new Router Table Cabinet constructed from galvanized steel. It has twin doors, a built-in system for adding a drawer or shelves for storage, and a dust collection system that is worked into the cabinet itself. The cabinet takes nearly any conventional router and produces a poor […]

New Skil Routers Get Upgraded - Models 1817, 1827, 1830

New Skil Routers Get Upgraded – Models 1817, 1827, 1830

It’s no surprise that one of the goals of Skil is to provide tools that offer a high level of value for the DIY user. This involves trade-offs and compromise, but hopefully at points that the non-professional user can understand and make good use of. Skil’s new line of routers, bearing the model numbers of […]

DeWalt DWP611PK 1.25 HP Compact Router Combo Kit Review

DeWalt DWP611PK 1.25 HP Compact Router Kit Review

DeWalt brings compact routers to a new level with the new DWP611PK 1.25 HP Variable Speed Compact Router Combo Kit. Since it comes with both a fixed and plunge base you will be happy with its versatility. Don’t for a moment think that its compact size means that features and power were sacrificed either. We were surprised to learn that this pint sized router packs a punch and does a fantastic job at a wide variety of router tasks. At the end of the day we concluded this is a great woodworking tool.