Specs are provided by each manufacturer and are not verified by Tools of the Trade.
BoschWeightSpeedAmpsBase SizeHeightAccessory
PR20EVS3.3 pounds16,000?30,000 rpm5.73-11/16 x 3-3/87-1/4?8-1/2 inchesMagnesium
Bosch PR20EVS
StoryID
501434
ToolNumber
1
ComponentId
tcm:78-1627182
Tester Comments
Very popular among my crew, the PR20EVS is meant to be a more versatile router with an adjustable speed control. The base system impressed everybody, there is a soft-start feature, and the visibility was good. Overall, it's a nice tool. And, for work in laminate, you can fully upfit the tool with offset and tilt bases that were not available for testing.
Price
$120

Contact
Bosch Power Tools
877-267-2499
www.boschtools.com
DeWaltWeightSpeedAmpsBase SizeHeightTilt Base
DW673K3.6 pounds30,000 rpm5.63-1/2 x 3-1/2 in.9 in.Yes
DeWalt DW673K
StoryID
501434
ToolNumber
2
ComponentId
tcm:78-1627182
Tester Comments
This is a good tool with plenty of power, smooth operation, and an accurate micro adjustment. The case is well laid out and accepts the full complement of bases. While the instructions for using the accessories were clear, the accessories did not have an intuitive design and they were hard to use.
Price
$899

Contact
DeWalt Industrial Tool Co.
800-433-9258
www.dewalt.com
MakitaWeightSpeedAmpsBase SizeHeightTilt Base
3708FC2.9 pounds26,000 rpm14.43-1/2 x 3-1/2 in.12-1/2 in.Yes
Makita 3708FC
StoryID
501434
ToolNumber
3
ComponentId
tcm:78-1627182
Tester Comments
The awesome light on the bottom along with the clear plastic base make this the easiest to use because you can see your work clearly. Unfortunately, the tool comes with no case or bits, and the multi-fastener accessory design renders it less versatile than the other tools.
Price
$159

Contact
Makita USA
800-462-5482
www.makitatools.com
Porter-CableWeightSpeedAmpsBase SizeHeightTilt Base
973105 pounds30,000 rpm5.63-3/8 x 3-5/8 in. 7-1/2 in.Yes
Porter-Cable 97310
StoryID
501434
ToolNumber
4
ComponentId
tcm:78-1627182
Tester Comments
This was our favorite for dedicated laminate work because of its clear, simple design. One screw attaches all the bases to the motor, it comes in a great case with two bits, the directions were educational, and the visibility was the best of the non-plastic bases.
Price
$199

Contact
Porter-Cable
800-487-8665
www.portercable.com
RidgidWeightSpeedAmpsBase SizeHeightTilt Base
R24003.4 pounds20,000?30,000 rpm63-1/2-in. diameter7 in.No
Ridgid R2400
StoryID
501434
ToolNumber
5
ComponentId
tcm:78-1627182
Tester Comments
This is an impressive new entry. Its long, illuminated cord is great, and it has soft-start, adjustable speed, a nice case, and a terrific warranty. The only negatives: There's no micro adjustment on the base, no corner attachment, and no angled base, which somewhat limits versatility. We had to remove the base for bit change, but at $100 it's a superb value.
Price
$100

Contact
Ridgid
800-474-3443
www.ridgid.com
RyobiWeightSpeedAmpsBase SizeHeightTilt Base
TR453 pounds25,000 rpm4.53-1/2 x 3-1/2 in.8-5/16 in.No
Ryobi TR45
StoryID
501434
ToolNumber
6
ComponentId
tcm:78-1627182
Tester Comments
New and upgraded, the TR45 features two bases, one for work in laminates and a second, larger base designed for woodworking applications. Both bases are clear to maximize visibility and the tool-free clamp makes raising and lowering the bit smooth and easy. Attachable rubber handles and a sleek body design make the TR45 suitable for use as a mini-router, according to Ryobi.
Price
$80

Contact
Ryobi
800-525-2579
www.ryobitools.com