Professional Tool Reviews for Pros

Ryobi 18V Compact Router PCL424

Ryobi 18V Compact Router

Ryobi Updates Its 18V Trim Router With More Speed Options

Handheld routers are great for making decorative cuts in wood, but they’re also more multi-functional than you might think. You can bevel edges, plane and level wood pieces, and much more. Plus, the added convenience of a compact tool gives you endless options, especially when working in tighter areas. If you consider yourself a DIYer or a home improvement connoisseur, find out how the Ryobi 18V Compact Router (PCL424) could give you the versatility you need for your next project.

Ryobi 18V Compact Router: The Big Deal

Ryobi’s last compact router, model P601, only had one fixed speed of 29,000 RPM. In contrast, the PCL424 compact router gives you more speed versatility by incorporating a variable speed dial. It allows settings from 20,000 RPM to 30,000 RPM. This can help you if you need to adjust your speed based on the project at hand. We are a bit surprised that Ryobi didn’t update the motor from brushed to brushless, though.

This model is also 20% more compact than the previous generation, weighing only 4 lbs. Like the older cordless trim router, it remains compact and one-handed capable.

Additionally, it features a micro-adjustment dial for depth control, with a quick-release lever for depth adjustment and removal of the fixed D-base. If you want to hook up a vacuum to reduce dust output, you’re in luck. The Ryobi 18V compact router includes a vacuum chute that accepts most standard vacuum hoses.

Additional Features

  • Compatible with all Ryobi 18V One+ batteries
  • LED light for added cutting visibility

Ryobi 18V Compact Router Price

The Ryobi 18V Compact Router (PCL424) will retail for $99 for the bare tool starting in October 2022. There are also a couple of kit configurations. One includes a 2Ah battery and charger for $139, and another gives you the tool plus a 15-piece carbide router bit set for $163.97. As always, Ryobi backs your purchase with a 3-year warranty. Like all Ryobi products, this tool will be available exclusively at The Home Depot upon its release.


  • Model: Ryobi PCL424
  • Dimensions (DxWxH): 8 x 4 x 6 in.
  • Weight: 4 lbs.
  • Motor type: Brushed
  • Collet size: 1/4 in
  • Speed range: 20,000 – 30,000 RPM

Related articles

Notify of

Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Would love your thoughts, please comment.x