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Perfect for Job Site Work
First I am pleased Makita names their tools 18V and not an exaggerated number with the word MAX added to it. I’m a woodworker who builds & installs cabinets, doors, book shelves, etc. Makita 18V compact brushless tools are the perfect size for me. They’re light, compact, and have a very long run time for the type of work I do. I started with the Drill / Impact Driver combo set. I’ve driven a lot of wood screws in sheet goods, soft wood & hard wood and have installed a lot of door hardware, and am very pleased with both tools. The soft start trigger and work light are an added bonus. I added a XCV11Z canister vacuum. It’s just the right size for taking to job sites, not too bulky in my truck and big enough to meet my needs. It consumes more battery, so I got a 5.0Ah battery. Now for the XTR01Z router. The most frequently used router bit for me is a top bearing pattern cutting bit. I use it with shop-built templates to install door hardware, do inlay repairs and occasionally do on-site joinery. My usual depth of cut is the thickness of a hinge leaf or strike plate done with a ½” diameter bit. This does not require a lot of power, so a small tool will do the job plus is easier to handle and gives me better visibility to the cut area. My first impression of the XTR01Z trim router was the fit and finish are great. There is a padded rubber grip that I like a lot especially when my hands get covered with sawdust. The router has an integral work light and electronic variable speed, both features have come in handy. I’m really pleased with the operating sound level- It surprised me. I have no way of measuring it, but it’s about half of what I expected and also not a high pitched whine. The battery mounts to the top, so the larger the battery the more top heavy the tool gets, fortunately for me, the 2.0Ah battery is all I need. I plan to make a larger sub-base probably out of clear Lexan or Plexiglas. This will help a lot when installing 4-1/2” hinges. I like this tool. I like having 1 charging system, I like having interchangeable batteries with fuel level indicators. I wish the accessory DC18SE automotive charger cost less, but sooner or later the right deal will come along. Hope you found this helpful.
18 Volt Battery Powered Makita Routwr Review
I started out by buying the corded Makita router kit that comes with an entire attache of attachments and I really like that kit. But I found that I sometimes need a router that's not bulky and heavy in places where theres no electricity so I purchased the 18 volt Makita 1/4 horsepower router, a couple batteries and a charger. Doing so gives me all the options I need when it counts. I love this router! It's super easy to use and set up, has a light so you can see where you're using it, and is variable speed to boot! Very powerful for its size and made with the quality that you would expect from Makita. I would buy this tool again for sure. Very satisfied with my purchase.
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I should have ditched my corded router years ago!
Picked up one of these to whip up a planter box with side panels fitting into dovetailed slots so it can be disassembled for the winter with no tools. The router worked great, and with a 5ah battery (not included) it goes a long time. It would be nice if the included edge fence had measured markings on it, but it was still great at keeping the lines straight. I was only cutting cedar and pressure-treated pine, so I can't say how it does on harder woods, but it seemed like it had plenty of torque.
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Love it !!
The router is easy to use. Adding and removing bits is very easy because the base will slide off and give you great access to the collet and collet lock. There is a nice bright light on the bit which is good because it's pretty dark in there. I keep a smaller 2 amp battery on it because it could get a little top heavy with a 4 or 5 amp. It's very smooth. The base is a little smaller than my other square based trim router but it seems to work out just fine. Nice router !
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Great trim tool!
Awesome little trim router to add to your collection of makita lxt 18 v tools! It is lightweight and perfect sized and has the led light too! Pick one up today!