Wood Router

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Wood Router3A wood router is an essential tool in woodwork, especially cabinetry.

Long before the days of power tools, the hand tool form of the router was used by many in the field.

Every respectable workshop had a wide assortment of planes, each made for performing a different job.

Fortunately, in 1915, Jet Motor Hand Routers came out with the first powered wood router and forever changed the work of the woodworker.

Where many tools were replaced by few, these new powered routers were the wave of the future, and still are.

Routing is used to cut, trim, and shape various materials: including wood, metal, and plastic. There are different bits (cutting tools) used for each application.

Fluted bits are used for edging and trimming. Profile bits are used for shaping and trimming. Helical bits are used for drilling, shaping, and trimming and are used on more easily machined materials.

There are many different shaped and sized bits to accommodate any application needed. There are many types of routers out there, but the best ones are the ones that can adjust to many applications.

The last thing you want to worry about is if the tool you have is right for the job. Here are some of the best on the market.

DeWalt DW618PK

This is one of the best on the market, and known as one of the standards of routing. It has a twist-ring fixed base for quick adjustments.

It has plunges smoothly, and has great depth stop. The motor is also very easily removable from the base. The bits are also easily replaceable, so for the amateur to the seasoned vet, this is the best tool for the job.

Hitachi KM12VC

Although it offers a little less amperage, it has the same 8,000 to 24,000 rpm range, as well as a 2.25 horse power motor.

One of the advantages this router has is it’s compact and lightweight body, and it’s very quiet during operation. It also comes with an additional large straight-edge base plate for different applications.

Its price tag is a little less, but it’s not quite as smooth, nor does it work quite as well with router-table applications, as its DeWalt counterpart. That being said, it is still a great tool, and can be used with a wide variety of jobs.

Skil 1825

Though the Skil 1825 doesn’t have all of the lavish features the others have, this tool is great for those on a tight budget or just starting out.

It comes with a generously smaller price, but it still runs from 8,000 to 25,000 rpm and has a 2.25 horse power motor.

The collet is built into the motor, so it cannot be replaced, but you could still buy two of these for the price of any of the above mentioned.

There are many routers out there, and it all boils down to personal preference. Any of those mentioned will get the job done, but it all comes down to finding the wood router that works for you.

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