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Best Wood Router Combo Kits

Milwaukee 5616-24 with fixed base

Router Combination Kits are the most popular type of router on the market. You get a single 2-1/4 HP motor with both 1/4-inch and 1/2-inch collets plus a fixed base and a plunge router base, which gives you maximum versatility and incredible value for money.

For most woodworkers they give you all the routing capabilities that you are likely to need on a regular basis including the ability to use them in a router table. There really aren’t that many circumstances when you need a 3 HP motor.

The following models are our top choices for the best wood router combo kits based on performance and value.

Bosch 1617EVSPK Router Combination Kit

Bosch 1617EVSPKThe Bosch 1617EVSPK Router Combination Kit is Bosch’s bestseller in the router combo market. One motor and two bases (fixed and plunge) means you don’t have to buy two dedicated machines – two routers for not much more than the price of one. Features that make the Bosch stand out include its micro-adjust dial for setting cutter depth on the fixed base, comfortable wood handles and easy bit changing in fixed-mode.

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DeWalt DW618B3 Router kit

The DeWalt DW618B3 Router kit is basically Dewalt’s bestselling DW618PK combo kit with an added D-handle base thrown in, so you’ve got all the bases well and truly covered (no pun intended). What you need to decide now is whether you want to spend an extra $25 for the additional D-handle base, and we think there’s one compelling reason why you should have 3 bases.

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Milwaukee 5616-24 Router Combo

Milwaukee 5616-24 with plunge baseThe Milwaukee 5616-24 Router Combo is Milwaukee’s excellent entry into the highly competitive 2-1/4 HP router combo market. As you would expect from Milwaukee with their reputation for tough, get-the-job-done power tools, the 5616-24 is one of the most solidly built router combo kits we have tested, plus it’s got a wrap-around palm grip on the fixed base which makes it really easy to use and control.

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Hitachi KM12VC Router Combo Kit

Hitachi KM12VC RouterThe Hitachi KM12VC Router Combo Kit is Hitachi’s complete router kit which gives you the router motor plus a fixed and a plunge base, plus 1/4-inch and 1/2-inch colletts giving maximum versatility in one cost-effective package, and at only $167.00 it really is good value. It’s also quieter and smoother than most other routers in this class, making it less tiring to use for prolonged periods.

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