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May 14, 2021

Professional Tool Reviews for Pros


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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 […]

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 […]

Review9.4(out of 10)
Best Cordless Router Value

Makita 18V LXT Brushless Cordless Compact Router Review XTR01

Cordless routers are a dream come true for many carpenters and woodworkers. It’s a tool they’ve been dreaming of since the first battery-powered tools came out. There are a handful of models to choose from and we have high expectations for the Makita 18V LXT cordless compact router. But hype and anticipation don’t guarantee a […]

Rockler Convertible Benchtop Router Table

Rockler Convertible Benchtop Router Table

If you happen to be in the market for a compact, versatile, and portable router table, Rockler has a solution. The Rockler Convertible Benchtop Router Table not only functions on top of the bench, but you can also reconfigure it for wall-mounted use, as well as collapse it down for storage or transport. But wait, […]

Best Ridgid Gifts for Christmas

Top 5 Best Ridgid Gifts for Christmas

On the 1st day of Christmas, PTR gave to me… new Ridgid tool for everyone to see! Okay, so we’ve really got 9 days of Christmas, not 12. But that’s okay. We’re highlighting several of the most popular brands in the tool industry – one a day for the next 8 weekdays – and then […]

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, […]