Skil Revamps Router Line
Skil tools are a familiar sight in big-box home improvement stores. The company offers a variety of power tools for homeowners and weekend warriors, who are looking for inexpensive tools to handle occasional jobs around the house.
Now Skil is revamping some of their product lines, improving features and performance, all while trying to keep costs down for consumers. Recently they introduced a heavy-duty 18-volt lithium-ion cordless drill. Now they’ve updated their routers (models 1817, 1827, and 1830), which have been refined to appeal to more hardcore woodworkers and DIY-ers.
Introduced this month, all models feature soft-start triggers, micro-adjustments for depth settings, LED lights, 1/2-in. collets (with 1/4 in. accessory collets), and improved grips and ergonomics. But individual routers have their own little improvements, according to Skil. Each of these routers comes with an appealing price. But will they stand up to the day-to-day, heavy-duty use of a woodworker? We’ll find out soon enough. Look for a review later this year.
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Skil’s 1 3/4-hp fixed-base router (model 1817) has a quick-release lever for easy adjustments. It will sell for around $70 at Lowes.
The 2-hp plunge router (model 1827) features a quick- release lever for easy motor adjustments and removal, a depth rod and adjustable turret for repeatable plunge settings, and variable speed. It sells for about $110 from Amazon.com and other online retailers.
Skil's 2 1/4-hp combo kit (model 1830) is a beefy router that looks like a winner for woodworkers because of its power and versatility. It is sold at Lowes for about $110.