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Unique Features

The Skil router combo kit is not exactly top-of-the-line, but it comes as a bargain and with a few features of which the higher-end models should take note. First, its switch placement is very reassuring to the novice—you can easily grip both oversized handles, press the two-finger trigger, and allow the bit to come to a stop before ever taking a hand off the tool. The work-illuminating LED is a nice thought; unfortunately, the base on this model is black plastic, rather than clear.

2¼ hp, 8 pounds (fixed base), 9 pounds (plunge), about $90, Skil Tools
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