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Video Tool Test: Trim Routers

Former Fine Woodworking shop manager John White tested the majority of laminate trimmers currently on the market,  including Porter Cable, Rigid, DeWalt, and Bosch. Each of the tools have unique features and options, including fine adjustments, soft-start, and one model by Ryobi even operates by battery-power. In the segments below, find out more about these tools, and more importantly, how each one rated with an experienced craftsman.

Tool review: Trim routers
For applications where you need a small machine that you can hold with one hand, trim routers are the answer

Trim router roller fences
Not all models accept these accessories, but roller fences are a solid option for following curved surfaces

Trim router straight fences
Although manufactuer design varies, both fences slide alongside stock as the router passes

Trim router bases
Different bases for trim routers offer not only sturdiness and support, but different capabilities, as well

Trim router collets
One of the features of trim routers that varies between brands is the collet's function and style

Photo by: Jean Paul Vellotti
July 16, 2008