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Author Jeremy Broun loved the Wood Router so much he wrote an entire book about the tool. In his book, The Incredible Wood Router, he dubbed the router the "most important tool in the world." Routers are versatile woodworking tools that are used to hollow out an area on a piece of wood, which comes in handy when making a pattern in a piece of trim or finishing molding. There are many varieties of these tools such as plunge, trim, and fixed base. While routers are mostly used in the woodworking realm, they can also be used to shape soft metals, plastic and other materials.

Although fixed base routers are easy to use, you are limited to the preset bit depth throughout the cut. With a plunge router, you have the ability to cut at various depths. You still set a max depth of the bit, but in order to reach it you must apply pressure. If you are trying to cut level you have to be careful and make sure you keep constant pressure on the unit, or else you may have bumps and raises in your cut.

DeWalt DWP611PK Premium Compact Router Fixed/Plunge Combo Kit
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DeWalt DWP611PK 1.25HP Premium Compact Router Fixed/Plunge Combo Kit

  • Includes a DWP611 Variable Speed Compact Router with LED's and DNP612 Plunge Base
  • Gives you the benefits of both a fixed base and plunge base router in one combo kit
  • 1.25HP router motor can handle a variety of tasks both large and small
$165.00
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Fixed base routers are typically much easier to use than plunge routers and are a good choice for beginners. Once you set the depth of cut, the bit remains at that height throughout the cut. Having a fixed bit depth makes it easy to keep a consistent and level cut from start to finish. However, you lose some of the unique abilities that a plunge router gives you.

Bosch 1617EVS Fixed-Base Electronic Router
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Bosch 1617EVS 2.25 HP Fixed-Base Electronic Router

  • Advanced depth adjustment system offers both macro and micro fine settings and a resettable indicator for increase precision and productivity
  • Oversized base and sub base opening allow you to use larger sized router bits
  • Precision bit centering system keeps the bits perfectly aligned and make it easy to work with templates and guides of all kinds
$149.00
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Bosch 1619EVS Electronic Plunge Router
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Bosch 1619EVS 3.25 HP Electronic Plunge Router

  • Designed with a 3-3/4" base and 2" sub-base opening so it will accepts larger router bits
  • Converts quickly for upright use or to attach to a router table
  • Unique plunge springs make it easy to set depth adjustments when used in a router table
$299.00
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Bosch MRP23EVS Plunge Router
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Bosch MRP23EVS 2.3 HP Plunge Router

  • 2.3 HP Motor churns out an unreal 10,000-25,000 RPM
  • Soft start reduces start-up torque
  • Trigger power switch is located on one of the soft grip handles, increasing efficiency
$229.00
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Bosch PR10E Colt Single Speed Palm Router
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Bosch PR10E Colt Single Speed Palm Router

  • Powerful motor allows you to confidently attack a wide variety of precision routing jobs
  • Fixed base is constructed from rigid aluminum and offers years of precision accuracy
  • Depth adjustment system provides both coarse and fine depth adjustments
$99.00
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Bosch PR20EVSK Colt Variable Speed Palm Router Kit
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Bosch PR20EVSK Colt Variable Speed Palm Router Kit

  • Tough aluminum base offers consistent precision throughout the cutting operation
  • Macro and coarse depth adjustment capabilities allow you to set the cut depth quickly
  • Finger support pockets provide added stability for more accurate and smooth edge trimming
$99.00
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DeWalt DNP611 DWP611 Router Replacement Variable Speed Motor
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DeWalt DNP611 2 Pk DWP611 Router Replacement Variable Speed Motor

  • Compatible with the DeWalt DWP611 Compact Router and the Porter Cable 450 Router series
  • Quickly change bits with convenient 12 position spindle lock
  • Durable all metal can construction with ball bearings
$159.00
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DeWalt DNP611 FACTORY PACKED Genuine Router Motor fits DWP611
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DeWalt DNP611 FACTORY PACKED Genuine Router Motor fits DWP611

  • Variable Speed
  • Compatible with the DeWalt DWP611 Compact Router and the Porter Cable 450 Router series
  • Quickly change bits with convenient 12 position spindle lock
$79.00
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DeWalt DW618 2-1/4 HP EVS Fixed Base Router
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DeWalt DW618 2-1/4 HP EVS Fixed Base Router with Soft Start

  • 12 Amp motor
  • Electronic variable speed with full feedback control
  • Micro-fine depth adjustment ring
$164.95
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DeWalt DWP611PK Premium Compact Router Fixed/Plunge Combo Kit
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DeWalt DWP611PK 1.25HP Premium Compact Router Fixed/Plunge Combo Kit

  • Includes a DWP611 Variable Speed Compact Router with LED's and DNP612 Plunge Base
  • Gives you the benefits of both a fixed base and plunge base router in one combo kit
  • 1.25HP router motor can handle a variety of tasks both large and small
$165.00
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DeWalt DWP611R VS Compact Router-Base New Open Box
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DeWalt DWP611R 1.25hp VS Compact Router-Base New Open Box

  • 1.25 HP motor provides power to spare even when working with larger applications
  • Variable speeds allow you to match the RPM's to the applications, great when switch between bit and edge types
  • Soft start motor prevents accidental chipping and splintering during startup
$99.00
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Hitachi M12VC Variable Speed Router Includes 1/2" + 1/4" Collets
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Hitachi M12VC Variable Speed Router Includes 1/2" + 1/4" Collets

  • 11 Amp 2-1/4 HP motor
  • 2 stage motor release clamp
  • Nickel plated motor housing
$125.00
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Porter-Cable 690LR 1-3/4 HP Router
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Porter-Cable 690LR 1-3/4 HP Router

  • Motor housing is made from precision machined aluminum
  • 27,500 RPM, 11 Amp motor
  • Powerful 1-3/4 peak HP
$129.00
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Porter-Cable 75182 3-1/4 HP 5-Speed 7518 Router Motor
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Porter-Cable 75182 4 Pk 3-1/4 HP 5-Speed 7518 Router Motor

  • No-load peak 3-1/4 hp to help maintain constant speed under load
  • Variable-speed router motor for use with Porter-Cable routers
  • Precision machined aluminum motor housing
$1,099.00
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Porter-Cable 75182 3-1/4 HP 5-Speed 7518 Router Motors
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Porter-Cable 75182 2 Pk 3-1/4 HP 5-Speed 7518 Router Motors

  • No-load peak 3-1/4 hp to help maintain constant speed under load
  • Variable-speed router motor for use with Porter-Cable routers
  • Precision machined aluminum motor housing
$575.00
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Porter-Cable 75182 5-Speed 7518 Motor Only
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Porter-Cable 75182 3-1/4 HP 5-Speed 7518 Motor Only

  • No-load peak 3-1/4 hp to help maintain constant speed under load
  • Variable-speed router motor for use with Porter-Cable routers
  • Precision machined aluminum motor housing
$295.00
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Trim routers are smaller routers commonly used for laminate trimming. These tools can complete almost any task a larger router can but in a slightly different fashion. Laminate trimmers are light weight, maneuverable tools that are best for more delicate routing tasks. Bigger routers may possess the power and speed needed for bigger jobs but they also lack the finesse of a trim router.

Makita RT0701C Variable Speed Compact Router
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Makita RT0701C 1-1/4 HP Variable Speed Compact Router

  • Variable speed control dial (10,000 - 30,000 RPM) enables user to match the speed to the application
  • Smooth rack-and-pinion fine depth adjustment system for more precise settings
  • Slim and ergonomically designed body for increased comfort and control
$99.00
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Porter-Cable 7310 Laminate Trimmer Router
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Porter-Cable 7310 Standard Base Laminate Trimmer Router

  • 5.6 Amps motor
  • 30,000 RPM
  • 1/4" collet
$93.95
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Porter-Cable PCE6430 4.5 Amp Single Speed 1/4" Laminate Trimmer
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Porter-Cable PCE6430 4.5 Amp Single Speed 1/4" Laminate Trimmer

  • 31,000 RPM, 4.5 amp motor provides the power and durability required to cut in various materials
  • Perfect for most trimming, small edge forming and hinge routing applications
  • Ergonomics allow for comfortable, single-handed control
$103.00
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One of the most convenient parts of a router is the fact that most motors are interchangeable between fixed and plunge bases. This means that you can purchase separate bases without having to purchase a whole new router. Router interchangeability was pioneered by Art Emmons in the 1950"s and has become a standard in the industry today. With one of these combo kits you can get the ease of use of a fixed base router and make unique cuts with the capabilities of a plunge router.

Bosch 1617EVSPK Combination Plunge & Fixed-Base Router Pack
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Bosch 1617EVSPK 2.25 HP Combination Plunge & Fixed-Base Router Pack

  • Double base routers solution provides all the versatility and accuracy of both a plunge and fixed router
  • 2.25Hp motor offers 8,000 to 25,000RPM and delivers all the speed and power needed for high quality results
  • Variable speed settings allow you to dial in just the right amount of speed for each project
$219.00
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Bosch MRC23EVSK Combination Plunge & Fixed-Base Router Pack
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Bosch MRC23EVSK 2.3 HP Combination Plunge & Fixed-Base Router Pack

  • Power switch (with lock-on button) is located on the handle for increased control
  • The Afterlock Microfine Depth Adjustment system allows you to adjust the plunge setting to your exact specification without any headaches
  • Smooth plug action, spring-lock plunge lever, and depth rod allow for easy and precise plunge routing
$279.00
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Bosch PR20EVSPK Colt VS Palm Router Combo Kit
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Bosch PR20EVSPK 1 HP Colt VS Palm Router Combo Kit

  • A complete router package designed to meet the needs of both professionals and hardcore hobbyists
  • 1 HP motor allows you to tackle even larger projects with confidence
  • Converts quickly from plunge to fixed mode without the need for tools
$177.95
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DeWalt DWP611PK 2 Bases (1-Plunge/1-Fixed) + 2 Router Motors Kit
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DeWalt DWP611PK 2 Bases (1-Plunge/1-Fixed) + 2 Router Motors Kit

  • This combo kit includes DWP611PK and the DNP611
  • Provides you with 2 Bases and 2 Router Motors for added convenience
  • Motors feature a 12 position spindle lock to allow user to quickly change bits
$239.00
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DeWalt DWP611PK Premium Compact Router Fixed/Plunge Combo Kit
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DeWalt DWP611PK 1.25HP Premium Compact Router Fixed/Plunge Combo Kit

  • Includes a DWP611 Variable Speed Compact Router with LED's and DNP612 Plunge Base
  • Gives you the benefits of both a fixed base and plunge base router in one combo kit
  • 1.25HP router motor can handle a variety of tasks both large and small
$165.00
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Makita RT0701CX3 Compact Router Kit
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Makita RT0701CX3 1-1/4 HP Compact Router Kit

  • 1-1/4 HP motor means you can take on the toughest projects with confidence
  • Variable speed control dial lets you match the speed to the application, a crucial feature for quality results
  • Rack and pinion depth adjustments are precise and smooth
$227.95
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Makita RT0701CX7 Compact Router Kit
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Makita RT0701CX7 1-1/4 HP Compact Router Kit

  • Variable speed control dial (10,000 - 30,000 RPM) enables user to match the speed to the application
  • Smooth rack-and-pinion fine depth adjustment system for more precise settings
  • Slim and ergonomically designed body for increased comfort and control
$179.00
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Porter-Cable 895PK 2-1/4 HP Multi-Base Router Kit
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Porter-Cable 895PK 2-1/4 HP Multi-Base Router Kit PLUS Height Adjuster

  • Soft-starting 12 Amp motor w/ electonic feedback
  • 10,000-23,000 RPM
  • Auto-engaging Spindle-Lock for single hand bit changes
$238.50
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