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A router is a versatile power tool that is used primarily for machining wood. However, it can also be used to machine other machinable materials, such as plastic or aluminum. With the router, you can create grooves or dowel holes, machine and profile edges, or mill ornaments. Whether you want to use it to construct furniture or simply create great patterns and embellishments, the design possibilities are many. The router is a true jack-of-all-trades among power tools, enjoying great popularity among carpenters and joiners, as well as more and more DIYers.

The design of the device is quite simple. An adjustable-speed electric motor is connected to a base plate via two guide columns. The motor drives a spindle into which various milling tools can be inserted. How deep the router bit should plunge into the material is set either granularly via an adjusting wheel or incrementally via the turret stop. The router is usually held ambidextrously with two handles and guided over the workpiece. This essentially represents the difference between the hand-held router and the stationary bench router, where the workpiece is guided to the router.

In addition to the universal plunge router, there are other types. The edge router, also known as a one-handed router, is used for edge trimming and smoothing. It has a lower motor power and is much handier and easier to use for the limited range of applications. Another type is the grooving cutter, which is similar in shape to an angle grinder and is used specifically for making slots and grooves.

When choosing the right router, pay attention to the power. Routers for the DIY sector are available with motor outputs from 450 W. In the professional sector, the small routers range from 900 to 1200 W. More powerful handheld routers have outputs from 1200 W upwards. Another relevant key figure is the milling basket stroke, which indicates the maximum depth adjustment of the router with the milling tool in place.

Manufacturers differ in handling, design and range of functions. A router from Festool offers different features and extras than a router from Einhell. Whether from Metabo, Makita or Bosch - the decision depends on the price range and which brand features you value.