What to Look For Soft start:
A router that kicks when you start it is unnerving. The best ones ramp up to speed smoothly when you hit the power.
The ability to adjust rpm to the size of your bit or the hardness of the wood is a big plus. Better routers, like cars, rev up and down smoothly without a hitch.
One-wrench bit change:
A button holds the collet steady while you wrench the bit loose—much easier than using two wrenches.
: Look for a port for a shop vac. A plastic shroud to contain the dust near the bit is an added bonus.
It’s easier to see where to stop and start.
Milling trim is a snap if a router can easily be flipped over and mounted
to a table.
A router’s collet is the equivalent of a chuck on a drill. A router that can handle ½
-inch bits will be bigger and heavier than one that handles only ¼
-inch bits, but the bigger, more costly bits are sturdier and steadier performers at high rpm.
Removable power cord:
This feature saves it from being strained while in storage.
This tool's removable base attaches easily to a router table, so you can feed the wood to the bit in a controlled way. It also comes with a long-handled knob for making fine (slow) and coarse (rapid) depth adjustments from above the table. 2¼
hp, 9 pounds (fixed base), 11¼
pounds (plunge), about $280, Delta Porter Cable