One of the most useful tools for a carpenter, whether he is an amateur or a professional, is a wood router that allows you to speed up many joinery works. It is enough to use it once instead of a chisel, in order to have a desire to buy something similar for yourself.
Today in our top-rated wood router reviews, we will try to figure out what market offers us and choose the best models.
Bosch GMF 1600 CE
A good multifunctional router belongs to the category of professional. It combines traditional German quality with a high level of service and a pleasant design. The engine with a rated power consumption of 1600 W, equipped with a system for maintaining constant revolutions and a smooth start, provides the speed of rotation of the head in the range from 10 to 25 thousand rpm.
The maximum depth of the cutter is 76 mm, the special AfterLock system provides depth adjustment with an accuracy of 0.1 mm. The diameter of the collet – 12.7 mm. It is convenient to work with this model.
Despite the significant weight for machines of this class (5.8 kg with a submersible base and 4.3 kg with a copying machine), it easily moves along the treated surface.
LED backlight in combination with a transparent base provide excellent visibility in the work area. This option deserved a place in our ranking of the best thanks primarily to its wide functionality.
Of particular note is the excellent ergonomics of this router. The model includes:
- copy sleeves and adapters for them.
- adjustable parallel stops.
- dust extraction for submersible and copy mills.
- Sophisticated ergonomics.
- Rich equipment.
- High price.
The RP1800F is not Makita’s flagship, but the ratio of quality and price here can be called the best. The six-kilogram wood router thanks to the 1.8 kW engine easily copes with a cutting depth of up to 70 millimeters, developing up to 22,000 revolutions per minute. So it is slightly inferior to the Bosch GMF 1600, and it costs almost two times less.
The motor is equipped with a system that maintains the spindle speed constant regardless of the load and ensures a smooth start – there is no jerk at the time of launch, no voltage drops in the network. Grip in the kit, only one, under a 12-mm cutter. If necessary, you can purchase and 8 mm.
In the model, we liked the ergonomics – the trigger on the right arm of the platform can be considered the most convenient solution, with the thumb latch holding down the trigger. The working area is illuminated by bright LEDs.
Do not forget about the shortcomings: after the “Bosh” mechanism for adjusting the immersion handle “Makita” look very pale, use them much less convenient. Less and accuracy – but on the other hand, is it always necessary for a carpenter to set the size to the nearest tenth of a millimeter, given that the tree is “breathing”?
A parallel emphasis was not made in the best way – no, of course, it can be used, but again a comparison with “Bosch” suggests itself – just until the moment when you remember the price difference.
- Ability to work with depths up to 70 mm.
- Comfortable handles.
- No mounting hood.
- The fastening of the handles is weakened from vibration (it is treated once and for all with a drop of a thread lock).
Not only engineers, but also designers obviously worked on the Hitachi router – it catches the eye from a distance, but it’s not in the rating of the best router.
A two-kilowatt motor, a soft starter and maintenance of revolutions is already a good recommendation for a tool. Add to this the possibility of deepening to 65 mm, and, as in the previous nominees of the rating of the best vertical milling machines, there is the possibility of a stepped deepening for several passes. Cutters can be used as a 12-mm collet, and put eight-millimeter through the supplied adapter.
However, we turn to the minuses. Design by design, and ergonomics is more important to us – therefore, we will lower the score for the inconvenient power key, which seems to have been picked up from what was available. It is not very pleasant to press it with a solid thumb. Accuracy has also suffered: the adjustment mechanism here is rougher than “Makita” and, moreover, “Bosch”, although the adjustment handle itself is better done than that of “Makita”.
- Good price-performance ratio.
- Powerful motor.
- Coarse adjustment of the immersion depth.
- Inconvenient power key.