Compact Router Trifecta
We've found three products that will make for a great compact router setup in your garage shop.
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Tiny but Mighty Brushless Router
This M18 Fuel compact router by Milwaukee has a lot more power than its size would suggest. Its brushless motor puts out 1-1/4 hp with a 5 amp hour battery and really plows through cuts that other trim routers would be bogged down by. Its got a variable speed dial and a micro adjustment knob to set the depth of cut and a simple tool-free spindle lock to make bit changes quick and easy.This is a tool-only kit that comes with a dust port attachment, two base plates and an edge guide for $180 online.
Space-Saving Router Table
If you’re in need of a compact router table that can be easily stored away, look into the Rockler Convertible Benchtop Router Table. The X-style frame clamps to a workbench or table and stays put while in use. It can also be mounted onto a wall and folded into the wall for storage.
You can buy the router table with your choice of a midsize router insert plate or a compact trim router insert plate (or both plates for an extra $20). The plates are removable, so you can use your router freehand with either one. This compact router table is full of features that are well worth the $200 price tag. Check it out at Rockler woodworking stores or online.
Out of the Way Garage Vacuum
The Garage Pro wet/dry vacuum cleaner by Bissel is a great all-around vacuum for your garage. Not only does it excel in the basic tasks of cleaning the nooks and crannies in the garage and detailing your car, but it’s also capable of dust collection for your router table and other power tools. It mounts easily to a wall and comes with a 32 ft. long hose, so you won’t have to roll around your garage with a vacuum any longer. The kit comes with several attachments, a storage bag to keep them in, and a hose mount to keep everything organized. Find it online for around $175.