Archive for the ‘Routers’ category

Bosch’s New Router

August 18th, 2010

Bosch has released a new 2.3 HP router.  The MR23EVS router series has a handful of new features that look quite promising.  It has trigger controlled power switches on both the fixed and plunge bases, something Bosch is claiming to be a first.  The routers also feature LED lighting that is ‘always-on’.  I’m curious if that means they’re always on whenever the router is plugged in, or just when the router is on.  Hopefully they’re on their own switch.  Bosch’s ‘Constant-Response’ circuitry claims to maintain a constant speed under load, which will be beneficial for getting high quality cuts.   The plunge base also features a micro-fine adjustment mechanism, although it doesn’t appear to be adjustable from the bottom for easy table mounting.  The new series of routers run from 10,000-25,000 RPM, and have both 1/4″ and 1/2″ collets.  Three flavors will be available, the MRF23EVS fixed base, the MRP23EVS plunge base, or the MRC23EVSK which has both.  The kit runs about $300, and is available now.

Source: Bosch

Craftsman Router with Digital Depth

June 10th, 2010

Craftsman recently introduced a new 10 Amp,  2 HP router that features an integrated digital depth gauge.  Wixey has long sold digital add-on depth gauges for everything from planers to routers, but this is the first time I’ve seen one incorporated into a router.  By allowing you to measure the depth of cut without a ruler, and to a high degree of accuracy, this router should make any woodworkers life a bit easier.    The router also features integrated dust collection to try and keep things a bit cleaner, while not impeading sight lines.  The router is available now, and comes with both 1/2″ and 1/4″ collets for just $139.

Source:  Craftsman

Grizzly’s New Polar Bear Series

June 9th, 2010

Grizzly introduced a new paint scheme for some of their products today.   They call it the Polar Bear Series, and it’s more of a white scheme than the green of before.  White doesn’t seem like the ideal tool color to me, as its going to look pretty dirty rather quickly, but it seems that Grizzly thinks differently.   Good news is that they’ve dropped alot of the prices to go along with the new introduction.

Source: Grizzly