5 BEST Wood Routers (Of 2019) To Make Your Woodworking Easier!

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Best Wood Router Reviews

Ready to Find the Best Wood Router for You & Your Woodworking Needs?

Here's a List of the Absolute, Top 5, Highest Rated Wood Routers of 2019 that'll Help You Create Amazing Woodworking Masterpieces with Ease & Comfort!

Best Wood Routers of 2019

1. DEWALT DWP611 (#1 BEST All-Around Wood Router of 2019)

DEWALT DWP611 Compact Wood Router Review

DeWALT DWP611 Review:

DeWALT isn't a big brand name for no reason...

The DWP611 is just another testament of high quality products that DeWALT makes for the working man.....

With a compact design, dual LED's and a clear sub-base, this Wood Router makes detail jobs easier than ever... These features increase visibility to help you craft beautiful details into your work....

The majority of previous customers for the DeWALT DWP611 were Carpenters and Woodworkers... and Unsurprisingly, over 90% of them were satisfied enough with the product to rate it at 5 stars....

Although it's great for details, DON'T be fooled by it's small, compact design... This is one tough little Wood Router that can handle heavy applications... and as Mark Twain put it best, "It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog." (from brainyquote.com)

This Wood Router is the Best Bang for your Buck... as it includes tons of features that aren't available for most, if any, wood routers in the same price range...

Variable Speed allows you to change the speed of your bit, so you can optimize for different applications & uses of the router!

A large, low pressured spindle lock button is just another convenient feature on this wood router, that allows for easy, & comfortable bit changes that only requires a single wrench...

Plus, it has multiple shaft lock detents to make changing bits quick & simple.....

I could go all day about the features included on this Router, but, I think you get the point.

If you need a laminate trimmer, compact router, router for a CNC Setup or for Milling, or a Router for detail jobs then this Wood Router is the perfect option for you...

Pros

  • best deal on a router available
  • powerful, tough, high quality build & very durable
  • Perfect for carpenters & woodworkers
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    compact, easy-to-use, & lightweight
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    works astonishingly well with cNC machines
  • under $150 (Affordable)
  • Great for milling aluminum & polymer
  •  Also great for trimming & Intricate detail jobs
  • Quiet operating sound level
  • 1 Wrench Bit Change

Cons

  • Some previous customers Received factory defected routers that kept having trouble holding bits tightly 

Features & Specs

  • Durable 1.25HP Motor
  • Variable Speed
  • Dual LED's & clear sub-base
  • 7.0 Amps
  • 1/4 in. collet diameter
  • 12 position spindle lock
  • plunge stroke of 2 inches
  • Spring Loaded release tabs
  • Adjustment ring enables controlled bit depth changes to within 1/64" (fixed base only)
  • 120 Watts
  • No Load Speed: 16,000 - 27,000

Maybe You'd Rather Have the Kit Version: DEWALT DW618B3 12 Amp Plunge Base and Fixed Base Router Kit

DEWALT DW618B3 12 Amp Horsepower Plunge Base and Fixed Base Kit Review
You'll get a Plunge & Fixed Base Router Kit Instead of Just the Fixed Base Router Tool...

2. Bosch 1617EVS (Best Value Wood Router)

Bosch 1617EVS Wood Router Review

Bosch 1617EVS Review

Bosch created a close rival for DeWALT when they created the 1617EVS...

The only reason it clocks in at 2nd place is because it's about $20 - $30 more expensive.... and....

It's default collets aren't precise enough for a CNC setup to cut metal... The default collets will do just fine for woodworking, and this Router is a beast for CNC setups but you'll probably need to get an aftermarket collet kit before you use it on metal!

Powerful, Quiet, & Versatile is the best way to describe this wood router in just 3 words...

Bosch's 1617EVS is also a Variable Speed Router like DeWALT's, plus, it's an absolute monster for woodworking, with 12-amps, 2.25-horsepower, and 8,000-25,000 RPM.... Making it more powerful than DeWALT's Wood Router....

Read more features below....

Pros

  • one of the most powerful routers for woodworking
  • Rounded Hardwood Handles
  • Variable Speed
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    Quiet & versatile for a wide range of applications/uses
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    under $200
  • has a good height adjustment lock
  • soft start motor

Cons

  • Body of router is soft aluminium and scratches easily
  • default collets aren't precise enough for CNC Setups to Cut Metal
  • 2 Wrench Bit Change

Features & Specs

  • Variable speed control
  • 12-amps, 2.25-horsepower, and 8,000-25,000 RPM
  • Rounded hardwood handles maximize user control
  • Alternate Arrow Right
    built-in Constant Response Circuitry
  • Base Diameter: 6 inches Fixed/ 6-11/16 inches
  • Microfine Adjustments
  •  Chip Deflector
  • 11.25 lbs.
Bosch 1617EVSPK 12 Amp Horsepower Plunge and Fixed Base Variable Speed Router Kit with Benchtop Router Table and Deluxe Router Edge Guide Review
You'll get the Tool with a Plunge & Fixed Base, Edge Guider, and a Benchtop Router Table...

3. Makita RT0701C (Best Palm Trim Router & Best Wood Router Under $100)

Makita RT0701C Compact Router Best Trim Router Review

Makita RT0701C Review

Makita's RT0701C comes close to the $100 mark... So if you're looking for the Best Wood Router Under $100, this is the option for you...

I'm amazed by how great of a product this is, BUT.... I'm even more amazed by how it's under $100, because this Wood Router is up there with DeWALT & Bosch for sure!

Packed full of features, such as, Variable Speed Control Dial (10K - 30K RPM), Soft Start Motor, Smooth rack-and-pinion fine depth adjustment system for more precise settings, Electronic speed control maintains constant speed under load, Shaft lock for quick and easy bit changes, and much, much more...

Build quality is equivalent to Bosch's Router, it's made of aluminum and scratches easily... and the Power of this Wood Router is nearly identical to DeWALT's Wood Router above...

The RT0701C is Best for a DIYer, or Hobbyist, and Yes, this 1/4 shank will cut through dovetails, mortises, and a vast range of profiles and patterns...

Pros

  • Under $100 (Affordable)
  • Best Trim Router
  • Loaded with tons of features
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    Lightweight + Small & Compact
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    Well Balanced & easy to control
  • Perfect for a DIYer or hobbyist Woodworker

Cons

  • aluminum body like the bosch that can get scratched up easily

Features & Specs

  • Variable speed control dial (10,000 - 30,000 RPM)
  • Smooth rack-and-pinion fine depth adjustment system for more precise settings
  • Slim and ergonomically designed body for increased comfort and control
  • Alternate Arrow Right
    Quick release cam lock system
  • Electronic speed control maintains constant speed under load
  • Soft start feature for smooth start ups
  • Base accepts industry standard template guides
  • High visibility base design for improved handling and performance
  • Shaft lock for quick and easy bit changes
  • Uses 1/4 shank routers bits

4. PORTER-CABLE 690LR Fixed Base Router (Most Durable & Reliable Wood Router)

PORTER-CABLE 690LR 11-Amp Fixed-Base Router Review

Pros

  • Quite Powerful
  • 1/4" & 1/2" Collets
  • Amps: 11 amps, Horsepower: 1-3/4 HP, RPM: 27,500
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    Great for handwork like dovetails
  • made for small bits
  • Durable (About 1 - 2 year lifespan from daily use in a shop)
  • Under $150

Cons

  • no case included
  • No variable speed
  • very loud compared to deWALT, bosch, & makita
  • kicks and vibrates a lot

Features & Specs

  • 11-amp motor producing 1-3/4 peak horsepower
  • 27,500 revolutions-per-minute single-speed motor
  • Precision machined aluminum motor housing and base
  • Alternate Arrow Right
    Cam-lock lever enables simple coarse height adjustments and motor release
  • Micrometer depth adjuster accurate to 1/128-inch
  • Dust-sealed switch and sealed ball bearing construction enhance tool durability
  • Under table stop prevents motor from inadvertently rotating out of base
  • Overmolded grips for greater comfort in extended use

5. Ryobi Fixed Base Router (Best Wood Router For Beginners & Most Affordable)

Ryobi 8.5 Amp Fixed Base Router (Green) (Certified Refurbished) Review

Pros

  • Under $70
  • LED Lights
  • 25,000 rPM
  • best for someone who needs a cheap router for a small project (or for someone who doesn't plan on using a router for long)
  • Best Wood Router For Beginners To Start With (Then you can upgrade later)

Cons

  • not very many features & no variable speed
  • cheaply made

Features & Specs

  • 25K RPM, 8.5 Amp, 1-1/2 Horsepower
  • 1/4" Collets
  • 8.5 lbs.
  • Alternate Arrow Right
    Micro-adjustment knob for accurate depth of cut
Recap of the Top 5 Wood Routers of 2019:

Wood Router FAQ:

Q: What is the best wood router for home use?

A: The Makita RT0701C is the best wood router for home use because it has enough power for most, if not all, home applications and uses. Plus, it has all the features of high end routers but at a great low price!

Q: Who makes the best wood router?

A: DeWALT, Bosch, and Makita, are all brands that make the most convenient & most powerful wood routers, at amazingly affordable prices.

Q: What is a router used for wood?

A: Routers used for Wood are simply called "Wood Routers" or "Router"...

Q: What is the best router for table mounting?

A: The Bosch 1617EVS is great for table mounting, especially when paired with the Bosch Router Table. It's designed for compatibility with router tables.

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