Updated March 04, 2019 by Quincy Miller

The 10 Best Palm Routers

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This wiki has been updated 7 times since it was first published in February of 2019. All woodworkers need a good router — more than one, actually. These palm models are less bulky than their fixed- or plunge-base cousins, so they're perfect for detail jobs, like cutting hinges, making small dadoes, or trimming laminate. Most are designed specifically for use on lumber, unless otherwise noted, so be sure to perform your due diligence before using one on different materials. When users buy our independently chosen editorial choices, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best palm router on Amazon.

10. EnerTwist ET-RT-710S

9. Ridgid R2401

8. Porter-Cable PCE6430

7. Bosch Colt

6. Masterworks MW104

5. Ryobi P601 One+

4. Bosch Max EC

3. Porter-Cable 450PK

2. Makita Compact

1. DeWalt Max Torque

Editor's Notes

February 27, 2019:

The Porter-Cable 450PK and the Bosch Max EC both earned high marks for versatility, as the former includes a plunge base that you can attach for heavier-duty jobs, while the latter is a cordless model with a smartly-designed grip. While these are undoubtedly nice features, we still felt the DeWalt Max Torque was a superior overall machine, especially for DIY-ers who haven't yet earned the title of "master craftsman." We also liked the Masterworks MW104, especially as a starter kit, as it provides everything you need without breaking the bank. As you might expect in a budget option, though, it can't quite match the performance of our more highly-ranked selections.


Quincy Miller
Last updated on March 04, 2019 by Quincy Miller

After getting his bachelor’s from the University of Texas, Quincy Miller moved out to Los Angeles, where he soon found work as a copywriter and researcher, specializing in health and wellness topics for a major online media brand. Quincy is also knowledgeable about home improvement, as he’s had extensive experience with everything from insulation to power tools to emergency room trips, sometimes in that order. Sharing a home with three dogs and a couple of cats has forced Quincy to learn as much as he can about pet supplies, animal nutrition and, most importantly, the best ways to tackle the mountains of fur that accumulate in every corner of your home.


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