Router tools are what you need when working on some complex designs in your workpiece and also handling the edges.
For such reasons, routers are common in any workshop. Contractors understand their importance and they would be looking for the best model for the money.
When talking about routers, we have to look at two options which include the DeWalt DWP611PK and the Makita RT0701CX7 models.
The two models mentioned above are good in performance and versatility. These are two things any carpenter would want in a routing tool. Let us look at the two in detail below to learn more.
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As for the Makita RT0701CX7 model, it is good for anyone who wants something cheaper, but still good at performance. From the features, it should easily challenge the DeWalt unit and remain good for any carpenter.
You can never go wrong with a DeWalt power tool. That is what you get whenever you opt for the DWP611PK router. It has some of the best features you would want in a router. Let us see what more it has to offer below.
For a router, the horsepower will determine where best you can use it. Well, this one comes with a durable 1.25HP motor. For such an amount of horsepower, you are looking at a router good for the tough applications.
The motor is still soft-starting. This means that it can maintain the best motor speed through the whole time you are making the cuts. There is also electronic feedback to maintain the overall performance of the motor.
Being able to control the speed of a router will make it versatile. The DWP611PK router allows you to vary the speed from 16,000 to 27,000RPM. As such, the model can be optimized for different applications that you might have in mind.
For visibility, we welcome the presence of dual LED lights on this unit. You will now see the workpiece better even in a poorly lit workshop.
As part of usability, we find it coming with easy to use features. Such include an adjustment ring that allows for controlling the cutting depth in a snap.
You will also like the fine-tune adjustment rod. This rod is crucial for helping you achieve precise depth settings.
There is also a large low-pressure spindle lock too. Such a feature is essential to promote more comfort and ease of changing of the bits. You will not need specialized tools to change the bits.
As for the cutting depth, the unit allows up to 1.5 inches of depth travel while using the standard base. This increases to 2 inches when using a plunge base.
What We Like
- The model comes with the best durability
- Its cutting depth is good for multiple applications
- The tough motor is impressive for tough cutting
What We Don’t Like
- It lacks an edge guide
The Solution: As much as it might lack the edge guide, you can always get it from the same manufacturer. It is within the affordable range, so it should not be out of reach for many.
Makita is always a nice alternative to DeWalt. You will also find a Makita equivalent tool being cheaper. That applies in this case too. The Makita RT0701CX7 router is another top choice. Here are some features that make it good for many applications.
When you look at its speed control, you will find it being one of the best. This is because you can vary the speed from 10,000 to 30,000RPM. There is a speed control dial that allows you to cycle through the different speeds with ease.
So, depending on the application, you can always change the speed of the router tool.
Having the electronic speed control feature is also worth mentioning. This feature will help you to maintain a constant speed while working on a workpiece. This is good to ensure precision and consistency.
Design and Usability
If you are going to get yourself the best router tool, then you need one that can deliver on a good performance and ease of use. This tool is easy to use on overall. This is thanks to the slim and ergonomic design.
We found that it weighs 3.9 pounds only. As such, it is going to be easily portable. Taking it to various job sites should be easy.
The flat top design also makes it easy to change the bit. You can even change the bits with one hand and no special tools are required.
This one also comes with a 1.25HP motor, which is good enough to handle the different applications you might have to work on. To make it even better, the motor is housed in an aluminum cover. This ensures that it can live up to your durability needs.
As for precision, you will like it since it comes with a smooth rack-and-pinion fine depth adjustment system. This type of system makes it easier for you to handle different designs you might have in mind.
Also, the depth scales are easy to read and set up the tool. You will now make more precise settings.
What We Like
- It is an affordable tool
- The router is small and compact
- It comes with a durable construction
What We Don’t Like
- It lacks a case
The Solution: Not having a case should not be a deal breaker for many. You can always get yourself a contractor bag or toolbox to carry it around. Since it is compact, it does not take up a lot of space.
Which is Better?
When you look at the power, it is easy to find that these two models are both good at what they do. They have the same power output.
Also, they have an impressive variable speed output. You can now use the two to handle the different applications by varying the speed output of the unit.
By looking at the different features, we find that the Makita RT0701CX7 is the better option between the two.
This is because for a cheaper price, you are getting a powerful router that is still easy to use. The precision is good thanks to the smooth speed control you get with the model.
The two models we have reviewed above are all good in terms of power output. They can handle the different applications because the motors are powerful. Also, you can control the speed to make them work on the various projects.
There are sometimes you might need to handle the project at low speeds and vice versa. It is good to know that you can make the changes whenever you want.
So, if you are on a budget, get the Makita unit. The DeWalt unit is still good with its new features such as LED lighting.