It is always good to have alternatives especially if you are not quite feeling the RP2301FC or if it is not available where you are. Here are some other plunge routers you may like:
1. DEWALT DW625
The DW625’s speed range is only slightly wider than that of the RP2301FC, with the lowest setting being 8,000 rpm and the highest, 22,000 rpm. It also has electronic speed control, which keeps the router cutting at a constant speed even with changes in its load.
Plunge depth is easily adjusted down to micro-fine increments using the router’s unique rack and pinion mechanism. Measuring 5 ⅝ x 11/16 in and weighing 11.2 lbs, the DW625 also offers magnified scale for enhanced visibility.
2. Bosch 1619EVS
This plunge-base router from renowned power tool maker Bosch has a 3.75-in base opening which allows it to tackle different applications. The 1619EVS makes depth adjustment plain and simple with their own system.
Its soft start motor has electronic feedback, letting it cut at a constant speed despite varying loads. The variable speed range is 8,000 to 21,000 rpm and the router has a dual-bearing plunge post that provides smooth and precise plunges. Finally, it has a spindle lock for easy bit changes.
3. Makita RP1800
The RP1800 is unique in that it has a fixed variable speed of 22,000 rpm, making this router an ideal choice of a tool if you constantly work with the same bit sizes and material types. Its depth range is a good 2.75 in.
In addition, Makita has put a quick-release depth adjuster and a shaft lock, allowing you to work more and fumble less. Other features worth mentioning include a fan and a chip deflector for keeping dust away, a lock-on trigger which is useful if you will be working for long periods, an extended depth control knob for use under the table, and double insulation.
4. Hitachi M12V2
The M12V2 has a soft start variable speed motor with electronic feedback. The speed control trigger conveniently juts out of the handle where it is most accessible to you. The variable speed range is 8,000 to 22,000 rpm, which is about the widest range you can get on any router today. With that range, you can work with bits as big as 3.25-in and those as small as 1 in.
Some of the other features include a dust guide, a micro-fine depth adjustment knob, an optimized chuck design, and elastomer-coated handles.
5. Porter Cable 7539 Speedmatic
Like the RP2301FC, the Speedmatic has an ultra-powerful 15-amp, 3.25-in motor that can attack any routing operation without showing any sign of conking out. Although its speed is variable, it is not fully adjustable. There are five preset speed settings that you can switch to depending on what size bit you are working with.
Two features unique to the Speedmatic are the adjustable depth stop turret and the auto-release collet. Together, they greatly enhance ease of use and reduce downtime.