Milwaukee Muscles into Combo-Kit Market
New two-in-one router kit is strong and versatile
It’s no surprise that router combination kits have become popular. Purchase one of these kits, which come with a fixed base, a plunge base, and a single motor that fits both, and you end up with two routers for not much more than the price of one.
Joining the pack of combo-kit makers (see FWW #173, pp. 50-55, or companion link below), Milwukee has introduced model 5616-24. With its 2-1/4-hp, 13-amp, variable-speed motor (adjustable from 10,000 to 24,000 rpm), the Milwaukee is a powerful, versatile tool that can handle just about any cutting challenge. The motor has a soft-start feature that helps reduce startup kickback, and a constant-speed feature that maintains rpm, even when the bit has to work extrahard, such as when it hits a knot or gets fed a little too fast.
To get a sense of the router’s power, I installed a 1/2-in.-dia. straight bit set for a…