|Review by kshipp||posted 03-01-2008 01:47 AM||4504 views||1 time favorited||8 comments|
This is a really nice router. It has an all metal case which is a rarity among tools now and it just feels sturdy without being heavy.
There are two removable shields for dust and chips and you can also put one in that has a 1” dust port. I just run this with the ShopVac hooked up to that dust port and almost none escapes because it’s completely sealed.
It comes with both 1/4” and 1/2” collets so it’s nice for a variety of router bits. The base has 3 LED lights built into it that provide good light on the work surface. That is a really nice feature because the router usually blocks the overhead light. If you are using this in a router table the light is insignificant.
It has a soft-start feature which is noticeable, but I think the only benefit to that is increased tool life. I don’t see how it would affect the operation of the tool.
The depth adjustment is what I love about this tool. I have a close-up of it in the picture above. You open the “door” to make adjustments. You can push in the button on the side for large adjustments or turn the knob for adjustments in 1/64” increments. There is a dial you can turn to whatever position the knob is in to start your measurements. That dial is marked in 1/128” but that seems a little too precise to me. One full turn of the knob is 1/8”. Once you close the “door” its locked in place firmly. Very easy to precisely adjust.
Here are some specs:
- 9.5 amp
- 1.75 hp
- 25,000 rpm
- 8.5 lbs
This is currently $79 on the Sears website. They also have other similar models in plunge and d-handle along with kits that include all three. It is also available as a combo with this router table but the router table is not nearly as nice as the router.
-- Kyle Shipp, http://battleshipp.blogspot.com