|Review by JayT||posted 10-28-2013 05:09 PM||5316 views||0 times favorited||11 comments|
I’ve had this router for nearly two years now, so feel I can give a good review based on actual usage.
When looking for a small router to do light tasks, I purchased this one because of the price ($89.99 everyday, purchased on sale for $79.99) and I thought the included larger sub-base with the handles looked like a good idea. It has been used quite a bit and overall has been a good investment.
- Soft start. I’ve heard of people not liking soft start motors, but I think they are great.
- LED lights do a good job of illuminating the work.
- 8ft cord. Nice length to give you plenty of leash, but not too long that it gets in the way on smaller projects.
- Spindle lock for bit changes. Again some people may not like this function, but I find it handy and haven’t had any issues.
- Power. The 6.5 amp motor is plenty strong enough for any bit that should be put in a palm router. If you are doing a lot of extended routing, the motor will get a bit warm, but not bad at all.
- Depth adjustment locks solidly, there is no play once you get it set, though that also leads to . . . .
- Depth adjustment. This is really my only major complaint for the router. While able to lock solidly, the depth control is sloppy and very difficult to make fine adjustments. It can be done with patience, but there are much better systems out there. If you are using this router for mostly flush cutting, then it is a non-issue, buy it and be happy. For other work, though, this is an annoying flaw and bothers me enough to dock a star or two.
- Tool bag. Minor complaint, but the included bag is not very good for storage. One large compartment and a half dozen interior pockets that can’t be accessed very well, unless you have hands the size of a 5 year old child. If you are trying to take the router and some bits on the road, it’s a mess to get them all out again. I need to get on the ball and make a wooden box with separate compartments.
The AWESOME! :
- The included sub-base with the two handles that first attracted me to the router has far exceeded expectations. It makes for a great deal of stability and control for nearly any task. I don’t even use the smaller sub-base unless it is a tight place. The handles are actually pretty good and the control is spectacular—freehand routing is easily achieved, with normal care and safety precautions. It also allows a nice wide reference surface for flush cutting and any edge profile. If I was going to dock two stars for the depth control, this base would add one back.
If you are looking for a small router to do trimming and edge work, I don’t know if you could beat this one for the price. For any work needing fine control of the depth, another router such as the DeWalt DWP611 would be a better choice. That lack of precision on the depth control prevents me from giving this five stars, but it is still a very good router at an excellent price point.
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