If you somewhat doubt the DW625’s capabilities, try one of these other plunge routers instead:
1. Porter Cable 7539 Speedmatic 5-Speed Plunge Router
The Speedmatic 5-Speed router is a massive plunge-base router with an equally impressive motor to match. It is a 15-amp, 3.25-hp motor that can take on the toughest applications without breaking down.
The motor’s soft start feature prevents any unpleasant surprises by gradually increasing its speed until it reaches your preferred speed setting while its five preset speeds can match any bit size. This ensures a good cut done safely each time.
Another cool feature is the adjustable depth stop turret and a self-releasing chuck for added convenience.
2. Bosch 1619EVS Plunge Base Router
With a base opening measuring 3.75 in, this router is designed to take on tasks of any difficulty level. In addition, Bosch has its own technology for easy and simple depth adjustments, which can be compared to the DW625’s rack-and-pinion mechanism.
It runs on a motor with EFC and soft start technologies at a variable speed range of 8,000 to 21,000 rpm, has a spindle lock, and comes fitted with a dual-bearing plunge post for smooth and precise plunges.
3. Makita RP2301FC Plunge Router
Similar to DeWalt’s DW625 router, Makita’s RP2301FC has a soft start motor with EFC technology and an electric brake that works in tandem with the variable speed trigger to increase productivity and maintain safety.
The variable speed range of the RP2301FC is 9,000 to 22,000 rpm with a depth of up to 2.75 in. Combined with the router’s linear ball bearings, this speed and depth offer a smooth plunge and a powerful routing.
4. Makita RP1800 Plunge Router
If you are not quite feeling like having a variable speed plunge router, take a look at Makita’s RP1800. It has a fixed speed of 22,000 rpm and a depth range of up to 2.75 in.
To make your job a little easier and reduce downtime, the manufacturer has put a quick-release depth adjuster and a shaft lock for bit changes.
Some of the other features include a fan, a chip deflector, a lock-on trigger, an extended depth control knob for convenience during under-the-table routing, and double insulation.
5. Hitachi M12V2 Plunge Router
Like the other plunge routers in this list, Hitachi’s M12V2’s motor has soft start and EFC, which work together to provide a safe and consistent routing operation. It has variable speed control, the dial for which is located on the handle, right where you can most easily press it.
It has a speed range is 8,000 to 22,000 rpm, which work well with bits ranging from 1 in to 3.25 in in size. Other features worth mentioning are the elastomer-coated handles, a dust guide, an optimized collet design, and a micro-fine plunge depth adjustment knob.
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