If this plunge router from Porter Cable is not enough to meet your shop’s requirements, try any of these similar routers:
1. Bosch 1619EVS 15 Amp 3-1/4-Horsepower Variable Speed Plunge Base Router
This plunge-base router from renowned manufacturer Bosch has a 3.75-in base opening that allows it to work on just about any task. Where the Speedmatic 5-Speed Plunge Router has an adjustable turret, Bosch boasts of an even better system that guarantees effortless depth adjustments.
The soft start motor with EFC has a fully variable speed range of 8,000 to 21,000 rpm. There is also an added feature on the plunge mechanism for smooth and precise cuts. Finally, it has a spindle lock, which is something the Speedmatic plunge router does not have.
2. Makita RP1800 3-1/4 HP Plunge Router
Unlike the Speedmatic router, the RP1800 has a single-speed setting fixed at 22,000 rpm and a slightly shorter plunge range of 2.75 in. Also in contrast with the Speedmatic plunge router, this product has a quick-release depth adjustment mechanism and a shaft lock
Other neat features include a lock-on trigger switch, a built-in fan, a chip deflector, an extended depth control knob for under-the-table routing operations, and double insulation technology.
3. Makita RP2301FC 3-1/4 HP Plunge Router (Variable Speed)
Like Porter Cable’s Speedmatic plunge-base router, Makita’s RP2301FC has a variable speed soft start motor with EFC. it has an electric brake that aims to increase productivity.
However, unlike the Speedmatic plunge router, this one has a slightly wider speed range, running between 9,000 to 22,000 rpm. The depth range is 2.75 in, just a little bit shy of the Speedmatic’s 3-in plunge range.
4. Hitachi M12V2 3-1/4 Peak HP Variable Speed Plunge Router
Hitachi’s plunge router has a soft start motor with an electronic variable speed dial, which is located on the handle to give the operator better speed control. Its lowest speed setting is 8,000 rpm, which is ideal for the biggest bits.
Its other features include a fine plunge depth adjustment knob, a unique collet chuck design, a dust guide, and elastomer-coated handles that provide better grip and reduces vibration.
5. DEWALT DW625 3-Horsepower Variable Speed Electronic Plunge Router
Although the DeWalt plunge router’s horsepower is a little less than that of the Speedmatic plunge router, it does have a slightly wider variable speed range of 8,000 to 22,000 rpm. The router makes use of a rack and pinion mechanism to adjust for plunge depth.
It measures 5 ⅝ x 6 11/16 in and weighs 11.2 lbs. It comes with a micro-fine bit depth adjuster and magnified scale for better visibility.