RT0700CX3 Trim-Router Kit - Fine Woodworking Tool Review
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RT0700CX3 Trim-Router Kit

Makita - RT0700CX3 Trim-Router Kit

The Makita RT0700CX3 Compact Router Kit comes with a variable speed, 1/4-in.-collet, a 1-1/4 hp router motor, and multiple bases

$235 (As of 7/26/2012)

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Editor's Review: Tool Test: Router Combo Kits

by Gregory Paolini

review date: July 26, 2012

Makita has joined the ranks of powertool makers that sell larger trim routers that offer more utility for woodworkers. The kit comes with a variable speed, 1/4-in.-collet router motor (1-1/4 hp), and multiple bases, which are easily swapped out, thanks to a quick-release lever. It also comes with an edge guide, a roller guide for flush-trimming veneer on curves, template guides, and a couple of dust shrouds.

The fixed base was comfortable to use and allows for smooth and precise bit-height adjustment. A dust shroud for the fixed base goes on and off easily. Overall, dust collection was good, except when the bit is exposed and the chips can fly out underneath. The plunge base was comfortable to use and easy to control, with a three-step turret system that is very intuitive. The kit also includes a helpful bar-style handle that can be fastened to the offset base to better control the router for edge-profiling and flush-trimming.

The Makita isn’t big or powerful enough to handle the larger bits required for deep mortising or big, complex moldings, and I wish it had an LED light. But it will tackle most handheld routing jobs in a typical woodworking shop. It is a powerful, versatile trim router, and with all the accessories that are included, a great router for someone getting started.

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Editor Test Results:

Bit Changing Fixed Base: N/A Plunge Base: N/A
Base Changing N/A
Plunge/Height Adjustment Plunge Performance: N/A Stop System: N/A
Quality of Cut N/A
Vibration at Handles N/A
Router Table Suitability N/A

Manufacturer Specifications

Manufacturer Makita
Manufacturer's Web Site www.makita.com
Manufacturer's Phone Number 800-462-5482
Opening at Base N/A
Built-in Dust Collection N/A
Horsepower 1-1/4 HP
Amps 6.5 AMPS
Watts N/A
Volts 115 V
Speed 10,000-30,000 No-Load RPM
Collet Size 1/4-in.
Maximum Plunge/Height N/A
Tilting Base Positive stops at -30° and 45°
Special Features N/A
Product Warranty N/A

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