7 New Workshop Routers: Comparison Test And Buyer’s Guide

All models have a plunge-lock lever for locking the motor in the base. As for variable speed, you need it if you plan to use large bits in a router table. Bits are held in precision 1/4- and 1/2-in. sleeves (called collets), and the best are self-releasing to allow for easy removal.
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New SKIL Smart Design Router Tables Increase Precision, Save Time and Space

| Posted: April 17, 2011 – 02:00 AM Kreg Tools Precision Benchtop Router Table is a portable model designed to give woodworking pros the same precision and features of a full-sized table. The vibration- and noise-resistant MDF tabletop lets workpieces slide easily across the surface. Other features include a durable insert plate, stamped-steel foundation, and rigid aluminum fence.
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Meanwhile, a built-in tool-less router mount holds the router firmly in place, helping to provide professional-looking results. The table comes complete with a guard, featherboard, miter gauge and bit inserts. The SKIL RAS800 is available at Lowes and has a suggested retail price of $99.99 . SKIL RAS900 Router Table An upgraded version of the RAS800, the RAS900 is ideal for advanced woodworkers ready to redesign their kitchen cabinets or repair an antique furniture set.
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The new designs feature a bright white table color, added accessory tracks, dust port and translucent bit guard to deliver maximum precision, ease of use, and safety for all router table operations, says the company. The High Pressure Laminate (HPL), Pro Phenolic, and Cast Iron Router Tables are each available in package deals. Package deals include the table top, router table fence, and router plate. The HPL and Pro Phenolic tables feature a new bright white surface designed to reflect more light and maximize visibility during routing operations. Built-in dual T-track/miter tracks expand the possibilities for a variety of setups involving additional jigs or a standard miter bar. All tables come with adjustable fence faces, a CNC-machined aluminum plate that is pre-drilled or can be drilled to fit any router and rests on a 10-point leveling/locking system for precise flatness, 21/2″ dust port to easily connect to a dust collection system, and a translucent bit guard for added safety and visibility.
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