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July 22, 2014

Router Combo Kit Comparison Chart

These days, all the top router manufacturers produce router combo kits that have both a fixed and a plunge base which share one motor unit. In addition, most of them also come with both 1/4-in and 1/2-in colletts, giving you maximum versatlility from one machine – so in fact the choice has actually got a lot easier in many ways. Our side by side Router Combo Kit comparison chart lets you easily view the specifications of all the best selling router combos on the market.

BOSCH 1617EVSPKBOSCH MRC23EVSKDEWALT DW618PKDEWALT DWP611PKHITACHI KM12VC
Bosch 1617 EVSPK RouterBOSCH MRC23EVSK RouterDewalt DW618PK RouterDewalt DWP611PK router comboHitachi km12vc router
Power2-1/4 HP2.3 HP2-1/4 HP1-1/4 HP2-1/4 HP
Speed (rpm)8,000-25,00010,000-25,0008,000-24,00016,000-27,0008,000-24,000
Soft Start
Tool-free Base Changing
Bit Wrenches & Carrying Case
On/off Switch Mounted on Handles
Collett Size1/4″, 1/2″1/4″, 1/2″1/4″, 1/2″1/4″1/4″, 1/2″
Average Customer Rating(306 reviews)(33 reviews)(124 reviews)(170 reviews)(85 reviews)
Warranty1 year1 year3 years3 years5 years
AvailabilityUsually ships in 1-2 business daysUsually ships in 24 hoursUsually ships in 1-2 business daysUsually ships in 24 hoursUsually ships in 24 hours
List Price$439.00$633.62$412.06$350.24$327.07
Sale PriceToo low to display$279.99$196.00$168.99$179.00
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What’s New?
With the introduction of the MRC23EVSK, Bosch has gone one step further than the other manufacturers and for the first time on a router combo the power switches are mounted on the handles, not the motor unit.

With every other combo the on/off switch is on the motor unit which means that you have to take one hand off the handles to switch the router on and off which is not ideal. With the new Bosch you can keep both hands on the handles which is much safer and gives you more control.

The only question is whether you want to pay almost $100 more for the privilege, and no doublt in time the other manufactureres will catch up and this will become a standard feature.