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5615-21 Router

Milwaukee - 5615-21 Router

A new grip design makes this 1-3/4-hp router from Milwaukee comfortable to use and easy to control

$170.00 (As of 5/1/2002)

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Editor's Review: New Grip Design Improves Router Control

review date: May 1, 2002

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.

Editor Test Results:

Overall Rating N/A
Adjustments Very good
Runout N/A

Manufacturer Specifications

Manufacturer Milwaukee
Manufacturer's Web Site
Manufacturer's Phone Number 800-729-3878
Weight 8.8 lb.
Dimensions 8-1/2 in. by 6 in.
Horsepower 1-3/4
Speed 24,000 rpm
Amps 11
Opening at Base N/A
Collet Size 1/4 in. and 1/2 in.
Type Fixed base
Special Features Body grip
Accessories N/A

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