5615-21 Router Review
A new grip design makes this 1-3/4-hp router from Milwaukee comfortable to use and easy to control
I got used to the new grip design on this router in a hurry. The new arrangement consists of a base assembly with a molded-plastic grip that has an adjustable hook-and-loop strap, which secures the operator’s right hand. Anyone who has steadied a router by holding onto the motor or base and winced at the thought of a pinkie slipping into a rotating bit will immediately appreciate the safety, control and comfort of the body grip. Although the router’s new design makes it tempting to drive the tool one-handed, it always should be operated with both hands.
But there’s more to this router than just the pretty grip. The 1-3/4-hp, 24,000-rpm motor has plenty of power for jobs suited to this size machine. A single locking lever quickly loosens the motor for any depth adjustment, and a button releases the motor for removal.
My only criticism of the 5615-21 is that the router’s flat top is relatively small, which makes it less stable when the router is placed upside down on the bench between uses. But that’s small potatoes for a tool that’s genuinely new and improved.