|Review by knotscott||posted 12-01-2009 08:13 AM||4706 views||2 times favorited||15 comments|
- Milwaukee 5615-24 11 Amp 1-3/4 HP Router Fixed/Plunge Combo Kit
- Brand: Milwaukee | Category: Routers
I owned a 5615 fixed base a few years back, but had to sell it to finance my bigger 5625. This is one router that I actually repurchased when I saw it on sale.
The 5615-24 is the 8th router I’ve owned (Craftsman 9 amp, Freud FT2000E, Milwaukee 5625, Bosch 1617, Hitachi M12VC, Freud FT1700, and PC690). It’s an extremely well built router. The motor is made in the USA and is very strong for it’s 11 amp rating …plenty strong for most applications. It’s smooth and reasonably quiet. The Body Grip feature is terrific, and the plunger is smooth and easy to operate. The springs in the plunger legs are hidden in the cylinders so there’s no plastic covers to deal with, plus the same plunge base also fits the 13 amp MW5616 (variable speed router). The sub-base will accept the standard PC bushings, and includes both 1/2” and 1/4” collets, as well as a dust port. The bases are interchangeable with the bigger 5616 that has variable speed. There are no above table bit change capabilities…bit changes require two wrenches (old school style). It’s an all around excellent basic router if you don’t need variable speed…note that an outboard speed controller can be added to this router. It’s also been a bonafide bargain at recent sale prices. Best of all…it’s the same color scheme as my MW5625 and my Freud FT1700, which happen to be the same color as my original Craftsman router so it blends nicely in the shop without being noticed by the CFO! (ssshhh…)
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