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 1617EVSPK||BOSCH MRC23EVSK||DEWALT DW618PK||DEWALT DWP611PK||HITACHI KM12VC|
|Power||2-1/4 HP||2.3 HP||2-1/4 HP||1-1/4 HP||2-1/4 HP|
|Tool-free Base Changing|
|Bit Wrenches & Carrying Case|
|On/off Switch Mounted on Handles|
|Collett Size||1/4″, 1/2″||1/4″, 1/2″||1/4″, 1/2″||1/4″||1/4″, 1/2″|
|Average Customer Rating||(394 reviews)||(52 reviews)||(177 reviews)||(292 reviews)||(188 reviews)|
|Warranty||1 year||1 year||3 years||3 years||5 years|
|Availability||Usually ships in 24 hours||Usually ships in 24 hours||Usually ships in 24 hours||Usually ships in 24 hours||Usually ships in 24 hours|
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.