Milwaukee Cordless Router Review

Milwaukee Cordless Router Review

Review Summary-

Features-

  • Micro-Adjustment Dial
  • Macro Adjustment Button
  • Includes dust collection adaptor
  • Tool Free Spindle Lock
  • Variable Speed Dial
  • Dual LED Lights
  • Optional offset base and plunge base available separately

Specs-

  • 10,000 to 31,000 RPMs
  • ¼ inch collet for standard bits
  • 250 feet of Capacity on a 5.0 battery
  • 1.5 inch range on bit adjustments

The Bottom Line-

“Milwaukee produces a compact router packed with power with their first generation Cordless Router. With solid power, run time and features that allow you to dial in precise measurements, this router will be a solid addition to any tool collection. “

-Sarah Listi

Full Review-

 
We all know my love for a router is unparalled. Very few tools can match their versatility in both a wood shop and on a jobsite. Today we take a look at one of the most highly anticipated launches from Milwaukee this year. Keep reading to learn more in the Milwaukee Cordless Router Review. 
 

About the Tool

Milwaukee Cordless Router Review 

Milwaukee Cordless Router Review


Routers aren’t a new tool, in fact they’ve been around a long time with significant evolultion over the years. With a lot of options for routers, with corded, high power, routers mounted in tables it can be a lot to weed through.

One type of router that has really taken center stage in recent years is the compact router. For a huge portion of users, a compact router is a great option to consider when you don’t want the bulk of full-size routers, and the job at hand just doesn’t require it. Today, these compact routers are likely your most used router. And now we have added Cordless Compact Routers that users will love, giving extra versatility and maneuverability. 

 

 

Standout Features

MILWAUKEE CORDLESS ROUTER REVIEW 

Milwaukee Cordless Router Review

Milwaukee’s Cordless Router runs on the well-loved M18 battery platform. On the 5.0 Ah battery, Milwaukee estimates this router will provide 250 linear feet of use.

Milwaukee Cordless Router Review

Adjustable speed dial allows users to go from 10,000 to 31,000 RPM’s to be used on a wide range of materials from hardwood, to OSB, plywood etc.

Milwaukee Cordless Router Review

LED lights allow improved visibility in use. These are particularly helpful when ensuring the perfect height and adjustments. These project below the bit, keeping incredible visibility. 

Milwaukee Cordless Router Review

Milwaukee included two adjustments, both a Micro dial for precise tuning of up to 1/64th of inch, and a macro-adjustments to make swift work of larger adjustments. Total range for the M18 Router is 1.5 inches.

Milwaukee Cordless Router Review

One huge thing Milwaukee manages to really excel at is the dust collection adapter. Routers are particularly messy tools, and they did a great job adding an easy to attach dust collector adapter that picks up an impressive amount of debris in use.

Milwaukee Cordless Router Review

Milwaukee included additional accessories for more versatility with this router as well. Additional bases, Both Offest Base and Plunge Base will be available to purchase soon. 

Value

MILWAUKEE CORDLESS ROUTER REVIEW 

Bare tool, the Milwaukee Cordless Router comes in at 179.90 at The Home Depot. This is very competitive to the industries other cordless routers. For users on the M18 battery platform, this tool is a no brainer.

 

My Thoughts

MILWAUKEE CORDLESS ROUTER REVIEW 

Milwaukee Cordless Router Review

Very few tools hold quite the same affection as a router does for me. I have several in my shop and all are used for varying applications. When looking at Cordless Routers, there are a few on the market that really come to mind, Makita’s, DeWalt, and of course this new model from Milwaukee. They are all great contenders but a few small things about the Milwaukee may push you in its direction.

Milwaukee did an exceptional job of creating a router that is compact but still very heavy duty. Compact Routers have limits, and those should be respected in expectation, but this router surprised me with how much it could do given it isn’t designed to compete with a 2-3 Hp Router. It is no slouch on power and is more than capable of tacking any job a corded compact router can. No matter the wood, hard or soft, it really just mowed right through the job without hesitation. Run time is great too, something we can thank the M18 lineup of batteries for providing.

Milwaukee Cordless Router Review
Milwaukee also did a great job with the adjustments on their router, offering both macro and micro adjustments to dial in your routing to perfection. The micro adjustment knob is specifically something I was impressed with, matching that of much larger routers in terms of precision. 

Milwaukee devised an easy to change bit system as well, providing an easy to use, but very secure collet and lock system. I was definitely a fan of the included accessories, specifically the dust collection which works fairly well despite routers being generally messy tools. It is easy to attach and detack when needed, and the dust collector attachment also provided a secondary benefit, allowing the bit to be fully enclosed. I liked this a lot, as compact routers require a wrap around grip, and this offers an extra layer should your hand slip. 

Milwaukee Cordless Router Review

Milwaukee kept things tight and capable in their M18 Cordless Router. In terms of a first-generation launch, Milwaukee really blew this out of the water. This router operates very smooth, and offers the key features for users needing power, performance and precision to make it an excellent option for virtually every user. 

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