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September 28, 2021

Professional Tool Reviews for Pros


trim router

Review9.2(out of 10)
Metabo HPT Trim Router

Metabo HPT Cordless Trim Router Review | M1808DAQ4

Metabo HPT releases a companion to the world’s first cordless 1/2″ full-size router Metabo HPT cordless trim router (M1808DAQ4) is a great little router coming on the heels of the company’s release of the world’s first cordless full-size 1/2-inch router. The two routers complement each other quite nicely. The 1/2-inch Metabo HPT 36V Cordless Plunge […]

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 […]

Review9.7(out of 10)
Milwaukee M18 Fuel Cordless Compact Router Review

Milwaukee M18 Fuel Cordless Compact Router Review

There were plenty of cheers when the Milwaukee M18 Fuel cordless compact router was first announced. Now that the initial excitement has died down and we’ve had more time to use it, how does it compare to the other cordless options out there? PROS Excellent power under load Stops the bit fast when you turn […]

Review8.6(out of 10)
Ridgid 18V Octane Cordless Compact Router

Ridgid 18V Octane Cordless Compact Router Review R860443B

Having reviewed the Ridgid cordless trim router some time ago, we were intrigued when they released an updated model. The new Ridgid 18V Octane Cordless Compact Router (R860443B) remains fully backward-compatible with all Ridgid 18V batteries. It does, however, offer some additional power when combined with new Ridgid Octane batteries. Pros Decent run-time Plenty of […]

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 […]

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, […]