Router combo comparison

Router Combo Kit Comparison Chart

Compare the features of the best router combo kits side by side

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 versatility 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 compare the specifications of all the best selling router combos on the market in 2017.

Bosch 1617 EVSPK RouterViewBOSCH MRC23EVSK RouterViewDewalt DW618PK RouterViewDewalt DWP611PK router comboViewHitachi km12vc routerView
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
Warranty1 year1 year3 years3 years5 years
AvailabilityUsually ships in 2-3 business daysUsually ships in 1-2 business daysUsually ships in 24 hoursUsually ships in 24 hoursUsually ships in 24 hours
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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 doubt in time the other manufacturers will catch up and this will become a standard feature.

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