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The Milwaukee 5625 is Milwaukee’s top-of-the-range, heavy-duty, fixed-base production router with a massive 3- 1/2-hp motor which will eat anything you can throw at it. It has a number of features such as an integrated router lift that make it an excellent choice for router table work, and the large, angled D-handles are more comfortable and give you more control than conventional handles when routing freehand.
If you’re looking for a heavy-duty max power fixed base router then the Milwaukee 5625 and the Porter Cable 7518 are the ones to consider.
What to look for when buying a Router
Due to its incredible versatility, every wood worker, including beginners, will have a need for a router at some time. However, with the huge range available, it’s not easy to choose the one that’s best suited to your needs, so we’re going to look at a number of the features that you should be considering such as router power ratings and variable speed, router bit size, accurate depth setting with fine adjustment control and whether you should be considering a Fixed Base Router or a Plunge Router.
Powerful, Variable-Speed Motor with Soft Start
When looking at routers, one of the most important feature to look for is the horsepower rating of the motor. As with the Porter Cable 7518, the Milwaukee 5625’s powerful 3-1/2 HP motor is as powerful as they come, and gives you enough power to cut a raised panel in one pass (although it’s always recommended to take more than one pass when using large cutters). When you choose a router like the Milwaukee 5625 it’s highly likely that you are going to be using large cutters and so variable speed is a very important requirement. The 5625 has a 36-position speed dial giving you a range from 10,000 to 22,000 rpm and allows you to set the optimal speed for the routing task and material as, the larger the bit, the slower the cutting speed needs to be. If you try to run a large cutter at high speed you will burn the stock and increase tearout.
With such a large and powerful machine a motor with soft start is essential in order to control the torque on start up and prevent the router from twisting in your hands, as well as resulting in reduced strain and wear and tear on the motor itself, leading to longer motor life.
Router bit size
The bit shank size of the router is another important factor in deciding on a router. The two most common bit shank sizes are 1/4″ and 1/2″ and you should consider the projects you want to complete and the availability of bit sizes you need for these projects. The most common shank size is 1/2″ and you will find a much larger selection of bits available in the 1/2″ size and you will also find that some of the more specialist bits (mainly used by professionals) only come in 1/2″. Also, the larger the shank diameter, the less likely the router bit is to vibrate during cutting. Excessive vibration of the cutter will give a poor cut, and, as a general rule, you should always choose the largest shank diameter cutter your router will accept. As it’s designed to be used primarily as a heavy duty production router, the Milwaukee 5625 comes with a 1/2″ collet enabling it to take the biggest router bits. Mounted in a Router Table and with its powerful 15 Amp 3-1/2 HP motor, the 5625 allows you to use large bits such as raised panel cutters with ease.
Accurate depth Adjustment
All routers, whether fixed base or plunge, need to have a means of accurately adjusting bit depth. On the 5625, it’s about as easy as it can get – simply press the motor release button, raise or lower the motor to the approximate height and then use the fine-adjustment knob to set the exact depth.
Another excellent feature is the ability to adjust the depth setting using the supplied T-wrench, which you insert through a hole in the sub-base and then use it to turn the fine-adjustment knob. This is particularly useful when using the Milwaukee 5625 in a router table as it means you can fine tune the depth setting from above the table. In effect this is like having an integrated router lift. This eliminates the need for awkward, below the table adjustments or the need to buy an auxiliary router lift. Note that you will have to drill a hole through your router table to allow you to take advantage of this feature
Fixed Base Router vs. Plunge Router
What’s the difference? Simply put, a fixed base router is one on which you set a specific depth, and that depth stays consistent while using the tool. A plunge router, on the other hand, allows you to plunge the router bit downward and into the stock, make the desired cut, and then lift the bit back out of the stock. It’s a matter of personal preference, but in general, a plunge router is used for hand held routing when making a stopped cut (one that does not go all the way to the edge of the stock e.g. a mortise) and a fixed base router tends to be used in a Router Table and for hand held routing when a stopped cut is not required.
The Milwaukee 5625 excels as a table router, and it’s one of the best. It’s a true production router and has a number of useful features for use in a table such as an industry standard bolt-hole pattern for maximum compatability, removable handles to allow for easier fitting into the table and the easy above-table height adjustment with the supplied T-wrench. Along with its powerful motor with soft start and variable speed it has all the key features you should be looking for if you’re planning on doing a lot of router table work.
How much should you expect to pay?
You’re looking at $350 – $400 on the web
What’s in the box?
The kit includes everything you need to get started with fixed base routing
- 3-1/2-horsepower fixed base router
- 2-1/2-inch sub-base
- 2 collet wrenches
- Premium 1/2 in. self-releasing collet
- 8″-long T-handle wrench for easy through the table bit height adjustments
What are other people saying?
The user feedback on this router is pretty impressive
- “I have 10 routers. This is by far the best”
- “Power and features to spare”
- “Update – 5 months later – This router is terrific”
- “Other reviews I read were dead right about how great this router is”
- “Overall, worth every penny. You won’t be sorry”
We couldn’t find any serious complaints about the 5625.
What kind of warranty is there?
The Milwaukee 5625-20 is backed by a five-year limited warranty, which is one of the best in the market.
The Milwaukee 5625 is Milwaukee’s top-of-the-range, heavy-duty, fixed-base production router with a massive 3-1/2-hp motor which will eat anything you can throw at it. It has a number of features such as an integrated router lift that make it an excellent choice for router table work, and the large, angled D-handles are more comfortable and give you more control than conventional handles when routing freehand.