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Router

Dewalt DWP611 Variable Speed Wood Router

Features & Benefits

  • 25 HP Motor
  • Variable Speed Control
  • Dual LED Light
  • Spindle lock button
  • Soft start

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The variable speed is useful, and there are lots of settings for power for all needs. Great for making accurate cuts. Compact and lightweight design makes it easy to use with one hand. It’s very quiet compared to other routers. Gives very precise cuts. LED Light is awesome! Makes it really easy to follow the lines. Even though it’s a compact router, we find it great for everyday work.

Very smooth operation and precise cuts. One really useful feature is the ability to set the stop point. And, the depth adjustment is very straight forward and easy to use. Excellent tool overall and great quality for the price.

The LED light is well positioned and provides good visibility while working. Ergonomic design feels comfortable in your hand. High-quality router but we had some kickback when we hit knots in hardwoods. All in all though, its an excellent router for the price.

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Router

DeWALT DW616 Fixed Base Wood Router

Features & Benefits

  • Includes 1/4″ and 1/2″ collets
  • Flat Top For Easy Bit and Depth Changes
  • Fine Adjustments in 1/64″ increments

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This is a heavy, stable, and powerful router from DeWALT. The DW616 is very powerful and its a piece of cake to cut through even cross grain portions. The starting torque is difficult to control due to the position of the router switch. Because the switch is in a bad place for this router, we needed to take our hand off the grip to turn it on and off.

Overall, in terms of power, it’s exceptional, and you can make it to do anything you need it to do. Changing from base to base on this one is harder than the Bosch, but after a while, you get used to it. It has excellent overall versatility.

The only bad thing is that it has a small power cord, so you’re going to need an extension cord if your outlet is far away.

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Router

Bosch 1617EVSPK Combination Plunge- and Fixed-Base Router

Overview:

  • Combination router: plunge and fixed
  • 12 Amp Motor
  • Adjustable speed settings

The Bosch 1617EVSPK can be used as both a plunged router and a fixed base. Plunge base on this one is very precise, and it accurately set any depth within 1/64th inch increments. The fixed base handle is good and will be comfortable even if you have large hands. The case is plastic, but it fits everything well. It’s a great router overall, and its excellent for one-handed operation.

The large diameter of the plate is suitable for routing with more stability. The fine tune adjustment is excellent on this router. It has a good plunge stop. Can be used as both a plunge router and a fixed. Very high-quality build and performance is great. The price is great for its features, weight, and power.

The soft start feature comes standard on this one and makes things safer for handheld operation. It’s quiet too. Low vibration, and not a lot of noise while using it. The case is suitable for storing the unit. Easy to switch the motor between the plunged base and fixed base. Came in a huge box and a massive carry case which is good for storage. Smooth spinning on this router without the vibration. Buttons are easy to reach, and overall usability is great.

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Router

Makita XTR01Z 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Brushless Cordless Compact Router

Makita XTR01Z 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Brushless Cordless Compact Router Review

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Specs:

  • Cordless
  • Brushless Motor
  • Soft Start
  • Electronic Speed Control 10,000 – 30,000 RPM
  • Aluminum Housing and Base

The XTR01Z delivers excellent power and visibility. The design is tall on this router, and it feels very top heavy. It does have plenty of power though and works well with other bases. We found it easy to maneuver. Very stable tool and easy to adjust, it allows for movements in small increments. Makita delivers good value for the price. It has a high-quality aluminum base. Depth adjustments are quick and precise. You really can’t go wrong with this cordless Makita router. In terms of weight, its lightweight and its easy to handle.

Adjusting the depth bar on the plunge is easy. Plunging action is smooth, and the handle has a great ergonomic design. Going cordless is great, and no issues with the battery life either. In addition, it has a brushless motor, which is great for the overall life of the tool, and brushless tools also give better efficiency than brushed ones. The LED lights are great while working. Using the lights + fan increases visibility substantially while working. Very solid product coming from Makita.

If you’re looking for more wood router reviews, check out our article on the best wood router 2019.

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Air Compressor

Bostitch BTFP02021 6 Gallon 150 PSI Oil-Free Air Compressor

Below you’ll find our review of the Bostitch BTFP02012 6 Gallon 150 PSI Oil-Free Air Compressor

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The controls are easy to understand and simple to use. It features a flexible hybrid polymer design. This air compressor is perfect for nail guns, power nailers, impact guns, spray guns, impact wrenches, paint guns, blowing up tires and pretty much anything home use related. The 6 gallon capacity is plenty for home use. The gauges for this oil-free compressor are precise and easy to read. This Bostitch air compressor features a powerful motor. It’s easy to use, and it has a precise regulator. However, we found the pressure adjustment knob to be slow. Pancake compressors are becoming more and more powerful, and this Bostitch air compressor is the cream of the crop. The build quality is impressive. The compressor is quiet and performs great. It’s lighter than other versions we compared it to. The pressure is good, and the 6-gallon tank is safe. It’s a compact 150 psi oil-free unit which is highly portable.

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The product manual is short, simple, and to the point. The compressor doesn’t require much work to, and it works perfectly. It’s a high-pressure air compressor with a practical design. Overall, its a reliable, quiet, compact air compressor. I’ve never had to use the customer service for this particular company, however, reports indicate excellent customer service and warranty.

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Air Compressor

DeWALT DWFP55125 6-Gallon Air Compressor

DeWALT DWFP55125 6-Gallon Air Compressor Review

This 6.0 gallon 165 PSI pancake air compressor from DeWALT features a high-efficiency motor for easy start up in cold weather, and a high flow regulator with couplers to maximize air tool performance. The compressor is good, and the tank pressure is adequate. It’s easy to use, and the compressor motor runs quietly. There were reports that this air compressor regulator varies quite a bit, however, we found it to be one of the most stable. The regulator is accurate, and pressure regulation is excellent. This is one of the best air compressors. The only bad thing was that the handle was loose, but we were able to fix that in a few seconds. It’s quiet, and the 6 gallon tank is plenty.

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The manual and instructions are straight forward and simple to follow. DeWALT tools overall have been very dependable in our experience. This air compressor is worth the money, and it’s a pretty decent little air compressor. It’s cheap, and the sound is minimal. It’s easy to use and the 6 gallon 2.6 CFM is enough. Overall, the compressor is an excellent product and very reliable. The only issue was the loose screw, but that was easily fixable.

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Air Compressor

California Air Tools 8010 Air Compressor

Below you’ll find our review on the California Air Tools 8010 Air Compressor

The first thing we noticed is how quiet this thing is. You can easily have a conversation in a normal voice standing next to it. The handle is a bit short, and that makes it less portable compared to other air compressors, however, the price was reasonable, and the build quality seems good. The output pressure regulator is simple to use, and our first impressions of this air compressor are good. It’s a small air compressor with a 1hp motor which allows for quiet usage. The motor got hot after some usage, but other than that, it’s great.

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It has a small compact size, which makes it easy to store. The noise is minimal, and it fills fast. It has a very durable design, and you can’t go wrong with this air compressor from California Air Tools. The compact size is perfect, and all of the pieces seem high quality.

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Air Compressor

Senco PC1010 1HP 1 Gallon Air Compressor

Senco PC1010 1HP 1 Gallon Air Compressor Review

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This is a very compact and quiet air compressor from Senco. It’s easy to carry because of its lightweight design. Compared to other air compressors we tested, it’s extremely quiet. It’s a very sturdy and reliable tool, plus it’s small so its nice and easy to store.

We found the tank a bit too small for the tires on our truck, but it’ll work great for trim nailers. Best suited for small trim, cabinet jobs and other home improvement tasks, but not the best choice for car tires and production framing nailers due to the small tank size. It’s a mini air compressor and it’s really quiet. Compared to the Porter Cable it’s about half as loud, similar to California Air Tools.

It has a high quality feel to it. It’s fast on the recharge and the handle makes it easy to move around. If you don’t need a huge air compressor then this is a really good air compressor for the money. The price to performance ratio is good, giving it excellent overall value. If you want a mini air compressor that is lightweight and easy to carry, then you can’t go wrong with this compact air compressor.

It’s an excellent choice for DIY due to it’s lightweight, quiet, and easy to use design. Inexpensive and yet high-quality. This is a mini air tank though so it’s a best for smaller jobs. Overall, it’s a very well built air compressor. It’s quiet, high-quality, lightweight, and the price is unbeatable.

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Air Compressor

Porter Cable C2002 Oil Free Pancake Compressor

This is an easy to use and portable pancake air compressor from Porter Cable. The six gallon pancake compressor delivers excellent performance and the two hose connection points are handy. The price is good, and the overall build quality is satisfactory. The knobs on this air compressor feel kind of cheap. It can be used for filling tires, nail guns, and other household air compressor tasks. This is not a quiet unit, though. It has a long hose, and the included accessory kit was handy, but the hose felt kind of cheap and low quality.

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The compressor worked great for inflating tires, and the included accessory kit was handy. It comes with an extended high pressure hose, and the compressor is well built overall. The hose feels a bit cheap, but it has a quiet operation, and the accessories that come with it are great. Very nice quiet overall build design.

It worked fantastically to pump up some tires quickly, but it’s a bit heavy and not as portable as Porter Cable claims it is. Obviously smaller than a full sized air compressor and quieter too. Plus it has an oil-free design. One of the worst things though is the short cable of 3 feet, so you’re going to need an extension cord. Other than that it is a very well built air compressor and the regulator is accurate, and overall it’s easy to use.

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Air Compressor

Makita MAC700 Big Bore Compressor Review

Makita MAC700 Big Bore Compressor Review

The MAC700 is a remarkable compressor with unstoppable power. This is a heavy-duty large automotive style industrial air compressor with an air filter for increased air intake and greater efficiency. It features a cast iron pump with big bore cylinder and piston, combined with greater bore and stroke, delivers maximum performance.

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It’s quite a bit noisier than the air compressors we reviewed, but the difference in power is quite remarkable. The pressure gauge is nice, and it’s easy to read. It’s also heavier than the ones we reviewed above. It’s a very durable and sturdy tool. The setup was easy and straightforward to install. Fast recovery time and the build quality is excellent.

Installation was smooth, and maintenance seems basic. This is a very well made tool, but again, it is heavy. The design is good, and it comes with excellent documentation. Very efficient, and the controls are easy. Very good quality and the pressure gauge is accurate. It’s a real beast, and our experience with this air compressor was good. The instructions are basic, and the construction quality is high. Overall fit is good, and this compressor works great. It’s not the quietest, but it’s powerful and delivers excellent value for the money.