Craftsman V20 Brushless RP Cordless Router Review

Craftsman Cordless Router

Elevate Your Woodworking Projects With The New Craftsman Cordless Router

Learning how to use a router unlocks one of the best tools for adding stylish details and creative touches to your woodworking projects. However, full-sized models are often heavy, expensive, or bound by the confines of a power cord. Today, we’re taking a closer look at the latest Craftsman V20 Cordless Router so you can decide if it’s the best option for your next project.

Be sure to check out our top picks for the Best Cordless Routers of 2023!

Craftsman Cordless Router Performance

Craftsman Cordless Router
  • No-Load Speed: 16000-30000 RPM
  • Speed Modes: 7
  • Collet: 1/4 in.
  • Motor: Brushless

The Craftsman 20V cordless router features a brushless motor and seven speed setting, ranging from 16,000 up to 30,000 RPM. That kind of speed puts it right in line with some of the more premium models we’ve tested. It has more than enough power to handle most routing tasks in low to medium-density woods, and even cured resins and MDF.

This router displayed truly confident power when we put it to the test here at our shop. We alternated between a large classic round-over, dovetail, and edge trimming bits and felt very little resistance from the tool.

Kicking things up a notch, we chucked up a 1/2-inch rabbet bit to see how it would handle a high-demand cut. Compared to other compact models we’ve tested, the Craftsman CMCW400 did well and didn’t bog down under load.

Craftsman Cordless Router Design Notes

  • Model: Craftsman CMCW400
  • Power Source: Craftsman V20 battery
  • Weight: 2.4 lbs (bare), 3.3 lbs (with 2.0Ah battery)
  • Adjustment: Micro and Macro

The Craftsman CMCW400 cordless trim router has a fairly traditional look and design. All in, including 2.0Ah battery, it weighs 3.3 pounds and the tool body stands 7.75 inches tall.

speed dial

Craftsman’s slim profile puts all the controls within reach so you can make adjustments on-the-fly without too much movement. The tool body features a smooth rubber overmold and the adjustable base has textured grooves to help you maintain a secure grip.

micro and macro adjustment

The CMCW400 has both macro and micro depth adjust features, allowing you to make quick and precise depth adjustments with confidence. Its LED light helps to illuminate work your surface and provide improved visibility, and the included edge guide assists you when accuracy is paramount.

Craftsman Cordless Router

Craftsman Cordless Router Price

This compact router retails for $99 and is currently unavailable as a kit, but does include an adjustable edge guide and dust port adapter. Craftsman backs this router with a 3-year limited warranty

The Bottom Line

The Craftsman 20V cordless router is a compact, easy-to-use option for your light to medium-duty routing jobs. Throughout our testing, we found it can handle more high demand routing tasks better than many of the other DIY-focused models. While it doesn’t have as much power as Craftsman’s full-sized corded model, it’s still a great option for serious DIYers, woodworking hobbyists, and entry-level Pros.

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