Which Compact Router Should You Buy? – Toolsday Woodworking Tool Reviews

Which Compact Router Should You Buy? – Toolsday Woodworking Tool Reviews

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Toolsday Compact Router Review. They go by multiple names, trim router, compact router, laminate router, and today we put some of the most popular brands head to head to see which ones are worthy of purchase. I used and abused these routers and did a complete overview of some of the most important factors that should affect your buying decision. We spent a ton of time with each router and the results definitely surprised me. I make my high level recommendation at the end. As always, I have never and will never take money for paid reviews. These are tools I have purchased and tested extensively. Let me know what you’d like to see next. Thanks for watching! Please like, comment and subscribe. Cheers!
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  1. Russell Scott on December 30, 2021 at 8:00 pm

    Great comparison. I agree. I am a Makita man but when it came to the router I looked at that adjustment and price and ran away. Ended up buying a very cheap makita rip off which did the same thing and I don’t adjust it much. I looked at the Bosch but I’d read a lot of reviews that said the fine adjustment wheel kept failing. I bought another small router for £90 that had good adjustment but really didn’t like its collets. If I was to get one now I’d probably just splash out on the Dewalt. 9 times out of 10 when I try to save money buying cheap I am disappointed. With ever increasing prices it gets harder to not just go for a cheap rip off but with these mini routers it really is false economy. Save up and get the Dewalt.

  2. happydadh3 on December 30, 2021 at 8:00 pm

    Thanks for this I have been looking at both the Makita and the Bosch trim router.

  3. Bri Ha on December 30, 2021 at 8:02 pm

    Oh, dang, bro! No Metabo HPT Trim Router (18V)! With a Lifetime Tool Warranty!

  4. Roger Baker on December 30, 2021 at 8:04 pm

    I was looking at the Rigid because it looks like it has a really solid edge guide included. This is important to me because I just picked up an inexpensive Harbor Freight compact router and it’s edge guide keeps giving me inconsistent results

  5. James Harding on December 30, 2021 at 8:05 pm

    I’m sold on the DeWalt brand and now I have decided the 20 volt cordless will be my new(1st) platform for tools going forward. Great video too!

  6. Robert Elias on December 30, 2021 at 8:05 pm

    Excellent review. I had been researching myself and came up with the same two routers. Bosch and Dewalt. Leaning toward Dewalt. Thanks again for sharing.

  7. Eiji Fuller on December 30, 2021 at 8:08 pm

    The Milwaukee is rubbish. I bought 2 when they came out and one crapped out and the other sits on the shelf. The collet lock pins are made of soft steel that sheers off and they are uncomfortable in the hand. I went with 2 makita 18v and they are more powerful and run very smooth. The makita plunge base is pretty nice. I’ll probably buy 2 more. Milwaukee stuff is just not durable

  8. csimet on December 30, 2021 at 8:08 pm

    Good review/comparison. I have the corded Dewalt with the full kit (plunge base) and it is great for when I don’t want to wrestle with the large router or need its power. I picked up the Ryobi cordless dirt cheap as a basic throw-away "quick use" router to do edge cleanups. It nearly always lives with a 1/4" round-over bit on it. Both have their place and are useful.

  9. mate biro on December 30, 2021 at 8:08 pm

    Dude, about that Bosch: unplug it, when changing bits. Believe me, you’ll solve the LED problem, and a second one too. 🙂

  10. Larse Lundqvist on December 30, 2021 at 8:10 pm

    Did you tighten the locking lever on the milwaukee?

  11. Woodworks on December 30, 2021 at 8:10 pm

    I’ve had two Bosch Colts in my router arsenal for the past 12 years. I also keep one of them with a dedicated 1/8th round-over bit in it. The other other Colt is used for all other bits. Funny how pros in the industry think alike.

  12. Landon Millett on December 30, 2021 at 8:11 pm

    “And then the RYOBI we’re not even going to let it continue the tests” 😂😂 Got a good laugh outs that one

  13. Brandon Harves on December 30, 2021 at 8:12 pm

    Thanks for the video!

  14. Blayne on December 30, 2021 at 8:12 pm

    awesome comparisons! i have the makita and really like it. Of course, I don’t have the others to compare it against. I’m hoping you have or will do one for the full size routes. Thanks! Subscribed.

  15. Barry Polis on December 30, 2021 at 8:12 pm

    Fabulous comparison… bought my DeWalt *before* I watched this, but always great to have it confirmed (bought the *battery* operated DeWalt, and it’s absolutely sick!). And, thanks for the Bits ‘n Bits discount… about to order a monster compression from them, and it certainly helps!
    Great job!

  16. FerrariDan on December 30, 2021 at 8:14 pm

    One of the best head to head tool reviews I have ever seen! I was going to buy the Makita based on price point. After your review, I went with the Bosch. Was on sale on Amazon for $99 (12/1/21). Since I will only use occasionally, I did not need to step up to the DeWalt. I agree, the DeWalt is rock solid. Most of my tools are yellow. Thanks again!

  17. Bill Dyer on December 30, 2021 at 8:15 pm

    Great video, though I should have done my homework and watched it last week.
    My Makita came yesterday. For all the reasons you mentioned, and 1-star reviews which seem to accurately reflect near-future problems, I’m returning it Monday.
    I was going to purchase the Bosch, but Makita’s specs and price made me have second thoughts; not the first time, either.

  18. tom R on December 30, 2021 at 8:18 pm

    you need to tighten the screw on the quick release on the milwaukee to stop play. maybe read the instructions?

  19. Max Runia on December 30, 2021 at 8:21 pm

    Worth noting, it looks like the Bosch and Dewault are both $149 at my local lowes.

  20. thejoshwardchannel on December 30, 2021 at 8:21 pm

    Watched this the day you put it out. Watched it again 2 weeks ago when I got to seriously thinking about taking the plunge (pun intended). Watched it once more today to make sure the one I was gonna buy was the same model DeWalt you suggested. Once again, didn’t let me down (points finger at cam). Thanks JKM!

  21. Kul Ousemnes on December 30, 2021 at 8:26 pm

    you change bit with cable pluged in ? i do that only if i forget to unplug it. 🙂

  22. Andrew Martin on December 30, 2021 at 8:29 pm

    Excellent review from someone who obviously knows about tools. I’ve always been a Bosch Router guy but I’m going to check out the Dewalt. Thanks

  23. Tim Riener on December 30, 2021 at 8:31 pm

    I’ve got a bunch of Ryobi tools so a bunch of batteries but after seeing the trim router in person I’m glad I didn’t even bother getting that. I’m happy with my corded Makita.

  24. Joline Harris on December 30, 2021 at 8:35 pm

    Thank Thank I now know which router to get my bf! 😆

  25. bradman Swag on December 30, 2021 at 8:35 pm

    you can get a really nice plug base for the bosch colt

  26. Chompo on December 30, 2021 at 8:36 pm

    I have a cordless Dewalt and it’s absolutely great. I’ve tried tons of others and it’s my favorite solution for edge profiles.

  27. OcotilloDavid on December 30, 2021 at 8:38 pm

    Thanks for not wasting our time with ryobi. Since changing to the weird yellow/green color their “tools” are junk.

  28. Ryan Sullivan on December 30, 2021 at 8:41 pm

    if your’re buying corded, then compare them all. If you’re buying cordless, unfortunately you should go with whatever battery platform you’ve bought into. Its not worth buying an additional set of batteries/chargers to get another brand router.

  29. Swapnil Bhartiya on December 30, 2021 at 8:43 pm

    DeWalt is NOT the best, Makita is. Dewalt is LOUD and not as powerful as Makita. Sorry, you were way off here.

  30. Christopher Klosowski on December 30, 2021 at 8:43 pm

    Great video it’s a pleasure watching and learning from a professional such as yourself. It saves us novices time and money when searching for the right tool and to make the right choices based on your info. Keep up the good work

  31. Great Grandpa on December 30, 2021 at 8:43 pm

    Thank you and I learned a lot about routers. Do you have a video on Joiners, Thickness Planers and Miter Saws plus what is your opinion on Grizzly Joiners, Thickness Planers and Miter Saws?

  32. Dave Pierce on December 30, 2021 at 8:45 pm

    Really good review … it’s nice to walk away from a video with confidence in the results. Cheers!

  33. Juuso Hiltunen on December 30, 2021 at 8:45 pm

    Allah huakbar

  34. The Velo In The Vale on December 30, 2021 at 8:45 pm

    The flick of the eyes when Jon said "stiff" … I caught that Jon … I laughed. 🙂 … the finger point on "Deeper" … got that one too … LOL ( Great review – I’m DeWalt Cordless ecosystem all the way )

  35. ken snow on December 30, 2021 at 8:45 pm

    i own a LOT of Bosch tools but i have to tell you the Collet on it is crap, brand new router kept blowing collets, had to return it, was too dangerous, i can’t believe you didn’t have that problem, not cool, never buy another one

  36. Zenkai76 on December 30, 2021 at 8:45 pm

    This was really helpful, thanks for this video

  37. Ross Turner on December 30, 2021 at 8:46 pm

    I was bemoaning the lack of an LED on my more powerful Bosch router recently when I was using it in the plunge base, which is what started pushing me towards keeping that in the router table and getting a second one for other things. I’ve really been going back and forth between the corded and cordless DeWalt ones. Have you had a chance to evaluate the cordless?

  38. JimL on December 30, 2021 at 8:46 pm

    “I spent $1000 so I have an unbiased review”, does that also mean “I returned $800 of tested gear to big box stores”? 🤣

  39. jin Park on December 30, 2021 at 8:47 pm

    I got Milwaukee but will take a look of Dewalt.

  40. Derek Dean on December 30, 2021 at 8:50 pm

    Wanted to buy from the link, but the battery powered Dewalt is $160 on Amazon. Cheaper than the corded.

    Went for that to work along side the sub par kobalt I have.

  41. Bo Eldridge on December 30, 2021 at 8:50 pm

    Thank you for the review. I just now starting looking for a compact router and was thinking Bosch, because I have a Bosch router and love it and looking at Dewalt cordless because I already have several Dewalt tools, and batteries, and love them. This was very helpful now I don’t have to look at others just figure out which one of the two I want.

  42. Matthew McCutcheon on December 30, 2021 at 8:53 pm

    I have the Ryobi and have never had an issue with the bit coming out. Not trying to say it’s better than anything on this list, I haven’t used them.

  43. GREG LEGAKIS on December 30, 2021 at 8:55 pm

    You should start every video with, "no I’m not Jimmy Kimmel." 😉

  44. Honest Abe on December 30, 2021 at 8:56 pm

    Great job. Glad to hear cause I allready brought the Dewalt!

  45. Jonathan Katz-Moses on December 30, 2021 at 8:56 pm

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  46. ConvictGuard on December 30, 2021 at 8:57 pm

    I personally own the makita, and while the adjuster never bothered me, if you put pressure on the top of that router while in use it will absolutely move, found that the hard way doing round overs on the last step of a project. I broke things, lots of things.

  47. Chad Yost on December 30, 2021 at 8:58 pm

    Well after buying my ryobi router i now wished i didnt see this video

  48. Trickman2 on December 30, 2021 at 8:59 pm

    Nice, I have the Milwaukee and overall it is a beast of a router. I am wondering if your opinion has changed over time. Also just picked up the Plunge base for it.

  49. Mike Grier on December 30, 2021 at 8:59 pm

    Very helpful! Buying the Dewalt.

  50. Martin Webb on December 30, 2021 at 8:59 pm

    You are so correct about the Dewalt depth adjustment ring. I have a Dewault router and it came with a fixed base and a plunge base. I affixed my fixed base to my router table and the height adjustment using the ring is quick and easy, allowing a quick ‘get it close’ and then a slow twist to get it exact. I do have a question though, does the power cord on the Dewalt trim router detach from the body like the DW648PKB, (the 2 1/4 HP model) does?