Makita compact router packs power

17_tools_tech_1Makita offers a new 1-1/4-hp compact router, model RT0700C, that weighs less than 4 lbs. The router is smaller and lighter than any of the company’s other models, yet delivers the same performance and precision, according to product manager Joe Soto.

“The challenge has always been how to make the same compact tool with the same power or more. Technology has improved and we have found a way to modify our router motor to make it more compact without sacrificing power,” he says.

Soto says user feedback indicates that trades professionals are doing more on-site work and there’s greater demand for compact tools, particularly when working overhead or in confined spaces.

17_tools_tech_2“In the past, because the technology of the motors was not there and the routers were bigger, people tried to use laminate trimmers. But the trimmers didn’t have the power to do some of the applications. So this is going to combine both. It’s compact, lightweight and, because of the speeds it offers, you can do laminate work and smaller router applications like hanging doors.”

The router offers a variable-speed range of 10,000 to 30,000 rpm with electronic speed control and soft-start features. The tool is double-insulated with a heavy-duty aluminum motor housing for increased durability.

It also features a rack-and-pinion fine depth adjustment system and easy-to-read depth scales. The base is connected with a quick release cam lock system, while a flattop design and shaft lock helps with bit changes. Standard accessories include a 1/4” and 3/8” collet, straight and template guides, straight base and dust nozzle.

The router sells for $119. A kit version, model RT0700CX3, sells for $239. The kit also has plunge and tilt bases, offset base assembly, side handle, trimmer guide assembly, and carry bag.

Contact: Makita U.S.A. Tel: 714-522-8088. www.makita.com

This article originally appeared in the May 2012 issue.