JMG wrote in with a tip about Makita AU teasing with an image of the new Makita DRT50 compact trim router.
Here’s what we know about it thus far:
It’s cordless, it has a brushless motor, and it appears to use the same base form factor as Makita’s corded compact router. There’s a variable speed control dial, a power button, and a lock/unlock button that might be used to prevent unintentional activation during transport.
That’s all we know so far. There’s a Coming Soon! The wait is almost over… message, but that’s for the Australian market. I’m guessing we’ll see a new Makita brushless router here in the USA, but when?
In the meantime, the new Ridgid brushless router is currently the only pro-level cordless router on the market.
Can’t wait! It’s also good to see some competition in this space.
Routers are typically long-use tools that are not well-suited for being battery-powered. But with the growing popularity of high capacity battery packs, and lower costs of brushless motors (I’m assuming), it makes sense that we’re seeing some cordless models emerge – at least compact trim routers. For now?…
Are there any quick routing, cutting, or trimming tasks you’d love to use something like this for?
Thank you to JMG for the heads-up!