Virutex - Laminate Trimmer FR92D Single-Base
The lightweight Virutex laminate trimmer features accessories such as a jig for cutting hinge and lock mortises and a fence that doubles as a circle-cutting jig.
After evaluating 10 laminate trimmers, both single-base and multiple-base models, it became clear that several qualities contributed to making a trimmer user-friendly. While none of the trimmers could do everything, the best ones were light enough to use with one hand; had a switch that could be operated with the hand holding the tool; didn’t have to be taken apart for bit changes; gave the user a clear view of the cutting action; didn’t have lots of small parts to get lost; and let the user keep the bit perpendicular to the router base while adjusting the depth of cut. Here’s how the Virutex fared:
Advantages: This is a heavy-duty production tool. The fit and finish were excellent, and the tool was comfortable to use with either hand. The open base made it easy to see where the bit was cutting. A large knurled knob made vertical adjustments both easy and precise. The tool comes with useful accessories, including a fence that doubles as a circle-cutting jig (up to a 10-in. radius) and a jig for cutting hinge and lock mortises. The trim guide is the beefiest of the bunch, and it was the easiest to adjust.
Disadvantage: Virutex, a Spanish company, is well known in Europe. But because you have to order directly from the American distributor, you can’t shop around for bargains.