Makita will soon be releasing a new router and router kit, models RT0700C and RT0700CX3, that offer performance and versatility in a lightweight and compact package. Like the Porter Cable and Dewalt compact routers, Makita’s new router is somewhat of a hybrid design between laminate trimmers and full-size routers.
The RT0700C router features a 1-1/4 horsepower motor with variable speed control, 10,000-30,000 RPM, and a soft-start function. Speed-control circuitry ensures that the speed is held constant, even under load.
The motor housing itself is made from heavy-duty aluminum. Depth settings are controlled via a rack and pinion fine adjustment, and a quick-release cam lock system allows for coarser adjustments and base swaps. A straight base is included with the router, and the kit includes a straight base, plunge base, tilt base, offset base assembly, dust nozzle, side handle, trimmer guide assembly, and tool bag.
The plunge base features a 0-1-3/8″ depth capacity and 3 preset depth stops. The tilt base can be adjusted at different angles and features positive stops at 30° and 45°. Tilt bases allow you to break down and bevel edges with only a straight bit; this is one of the reasons we’ve been pining for Bosch’s Colt router kit.
Compact routers seem to be quite popular these days, and there’s even a mini router table available.