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How smaller wood routers help you in woodcraft!

If you’ve ever wished for a smaller best wood router that still had the power and accuracy of the standard models, Bosch made this for you. Weighing in at just a hair over 3 pounds, it feels like a feather, so one-handed control is absolutely perfect.

This user-friendly tool offers simple, straightforward operation. We can think of hundreds of uses for this little workhorse, but those who’ve previously been intimidated by routers will absolutely love it, because it performs like a full-size router, yet it’s a fraction of the size and weight.

Bosch PR20EVSK Review

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This router has plenty of power and is easy to use free handed and perfect for someone who wouldn’t use it all the time or for someone that would use it every day. This is a great buy for any serious woodworker and would make a nice router for anyone who loves woodworking.

Here are some great features of the Bosch PR20EVSK router:

  1. Variable-speed palm-grip router kit; soft-start and quick-lock systems
  2. Motor power 5.7 amp with 15,000 35,000 rpm; depth adjustment system and finger support pockets
  3. Aluminum construction and soft-grip
  4. Includes palm router, drop-forged collet and shaft wrenches, collet, fixed base, straight-edge guide, case
  5. 8 pounds; 1-year warranty
  6. This is the perfect router for hand held operations. It is light, yet solid. The base comes in and out easily and the soft start really adds to the control, no torquing itself out of my grip when I’ve got it positioned on the lumber, ready to go.

Makita 3606 & 3620

The majority of medium and large wood routers are fitted with ½ inch (12.7mm) collets as standard although there are exceptions like the Makita 3606, 3620 or RP1110C which only have ¼ inch (6.4mm) or 8mm collets depending on the market. Any ½ inch (12.7mm) collet can be bushed down to the smaller sizes and some manufacturers offer collets in ¼ inch (6.4mm) or 8mm, for example Porter Cable.

Grades of Wood Routers

As with other power tools there are two grades of routers, home handy man or consumer grade and industrial or professional. Consumer grade tools tend to be made from lower grade materials and to less exacting standards than industrial grade routers. A number are unrepairable; if they break you throw them away and buy another. Industrial grade routers on the other hand are made to more exacting standards with better quality materials and are generally more reliable.

Industrial routers are designed to stand up to constant use and abuse in commercial shops, often making heavy cuts with large bits. They can handle being constantly being turned on and off or being run for long periods of time and can rack up hundreds of hours during their working life. Consumer grade routers though aren’t designed to handle the same punishment, being less able to handle long running times and large bits. They also tend to have far shorter working lives.

It is obvious then that industrial grade routers cost more than their lighter counterparts. You get what you pay for, Like anything else.

If you are a weekend warrior and only spend a few hours a week in the workshop a consumer grade router will most probably fulfill your needs and give years of trouble free service. But if you expect to get a lot of hard work from your router don’t expect a home handyman tool to cut the mustard. I prefer the heavier duty wood routers myself as I make them work hard and want the reliability and long life.