Routers. What can I say, every woodworker has them. Every shop should have them. And when you learn to use one properly, man does it really help improve the quality and speed of your work. I am a "collector" of routers. From tiny palm routers up to big 3.5HP Plunge routers. I seriously have like 10-12 routers. Whats crazy, is this Makita Cordless Compact Router is my favorite. No joke. After using it, it has become my go to router.
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So when it comes to the specs on a palm router you're going to be looking at a couple of specific things. First, is ergonomics, at least for me. There is several models of cordless palm routers out there. Most being very bulky. I mean VERY VERY bulky. Which is fine, you have to make compromises for going cordless right? Wrong. Zero were made here with the Makita Cordless Compact Router. The feel of it is almost the same as their cordless model (which took the crown for my favorite palm router after years of using the BOSCH Colt). It has a super slim body, with a rubber grip, and a Smooth Rack-and-pinion fine depth adjustment system for more precise settings perfectly in line with the body.
I also love the soft start feature and the variable speed control dial (10,000, 30,000 RPM) to match the speed to the application. Both make handling the router feel much safer, which is big for any router. The Makita Cordless Compact Router also uses a brushless motor that delivers faster and more accurate cuts in a variety of materials. Combo that with the variable speed, and yinz can see why I love this tool. Oh, did i mention it has a built in LED light!?!?!
As I always say, A pro grade tool is going to run you for a top price point. The Makita Cordless Compact Router is up there. For the "Tool Only" you're looking at a price point of $129.00. But, when you look at the market for cordless routers that changes everything. With basically only 3 options available (DeWalt model isn't available until 2019 at $179.00) you'll quickly realize how well priced this tool actually is. And in all honesty, for a top level palm router, even with a cord, you're spending over $100. I do wish the tool came with a battery charger, but if you combo it with the Makita 18V Vacuum Kit you can turn this into a hell of a deal for yourself!
I do truly believe that every workshop should have a palm router. They make very fast and efficient work of simple routing tasks. Plus with the technology increases these days, most palm routers can handle larger router duties with ease. For edge profiling, carving shallow pockets, or flush trimming edge banding or laminate, you have to be using a palm router. As all of us go more and more cordless, you're now faced with another huge bonus here. This tool is actually a well made, and compact cordless tool. The price is a bit high, but for the market it is fair. All in all, a great tool at a good price, that should be in every shop.
So reviewing a battery charger isnt typical, but for this series of tools for HD PRO-Spective it is somewhat important. Batteries are becoming more and more expensive, and with that you want to make sure your charger isnt going to blow them up. The Makita High Capacity Battery Pack is Protected against overloading, over-discharging and overheating. The charger communicates with battery to optimize battery life and works with all Makita STAR Protection tools. You're looking at a price of $149.00 USD. I personally like that this charger shuts off when the battery is full. It also has an onboard fan for cooling!
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