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Makita Cordless Router XTR01

 Makita sent us one of these to test. Since then I have already purchased another one. They are THAT good! We are pushing for a 100% cordless job site and this is definitely an important tool for trim carpenters and installers to have on site.  It is also indispensable in the shop.

Routers have always been one of my favorite tools. They are so versatile for so many applications. They aren’t just for making round overs on stock. They are invaluable for cutting mortises in doors, flutes in moldings, circles, ellipses, dados and repetitive pieces with a pattern bit…

The first cordless router I ever saw was a Makita in the 90’s. It  was more of a laminate trimmer and used one of the old stick pack batteries long before 18 v tools were even a dream.  I never bought one. I can’t even tell you how good it was. I actually thought it would be underpowered and never gave it a chance.

Times have changed. We have seen cordless advance to the point where it is no surprise when we see an 18v tool outperform a corded tool.  It makes so much sense to build a cordless router.

I would have to say that the most annoying thing about routers is the cord. They always seem to get hung up right as I am in the middle of a cut. Sometimes it causes a  divot or burn mark in my work. I always try to plan but you never know what will happen once you turn it on and start to move. Cords move, stuff happens.

Another annoying thing about cords is that they get in people’s way and sometimes they trip on them, pulling tools off the bench. On a precision tool like a router that is never a good  thing. If you work alone it is less of a problem. When you have a crew you never know what may happen to a tool. If something does happen, fat chance finding anyone who knows anything about it.

For years one of the finest trim routers on the market has been the Makita. It has a precision balanced motor and smooth controls. There are a plethora of bases for it. This versatility has made it a fan favorite.

The XTR01 is a near clone of the corded model. It has an extremely smooth and powerful brushless motor to make the most of your batteries.  It adds a couple of bright LED lights to illuminate your work. It can easily run any bit that this class of router would normally run. It comes with a 1/4″ and an 8mm collet. It is available as a bare tool or as a kit with batteries, charger and the fixed and plunge bases. All of the normal trim router accessories work with it. There are dust shrouds, edge guides and even track adapters so you can use them with your track Saw rails. There are also offset and angle bases available to make the most of your router bits.

The XTR01 is  the only heavy-duty professional grade cordless router on the market. It is the only tool with an aluminum body and bases. It is precision balanced and machined for long life and dependability even under heavy use. There are other cordless routers on the market but they are lighter duty tools with plastic motor housings. They don’t run as smoothly . There aren’t many accessories available for them either. They are  great for simple tasks like putting an edge on a board. They are definitely useful and the price point will get them in many hands.  I should point out that  there really is no direct competitor to the performance or quality of the Makita system. Each person must decide what they truly need and expect from a tool when considering a purchase.

To use the Makita there are a few things to note. There are two pressure switches you must push to activate the tool. On is a lock and the other is the power. There is also a variable speed dial to match both the bit and the material. The larger the diameter the slower the speed should be. A solid carbide laminate trim bit with a 1/4″ cutting diameter works great at 30,000 rpm but a 1 1/4″ chamfer bit needs a slower speed to operate safely. The electronic control can give extra torque for larger bits on the lower speeds. This is one of the benefits of brushless technology.

The bare tool comes with a fixed round base. It works very nicely for general use. There is a square plate available if you want it for more stability or to run on a straight edge. There is a nice dust port available for when you want to work cleaner and breath without a mask. They came with a pretty stout stamped steel edge guide. I feel it is a very nice touch. It increases the utility of your bits. Even if they have a guide bearing I like the guide. We often need to put an edge on something that is too thin for the guide bearing to register on. The edge guide also helps me to avoid mishaps on the ends and corners of my work pieces.

The plunge base is also very nice as it offers a wider more stable center of gravity.  The handles are nicely placed and very comfort. There is a 3 position depth stop with a fine adjustment. The controls are all pretty normal and straight forward. There is a chip shield on the operator side. There is also a dust port available for the plunge base. The plunge action is pretty good. It’s not quite as smooth as my Festool OF1010 or my DeWalt 611 but they have much more use on them. I am hoping that with a little use  the XTR01’s  will break in. The depth lock lever requires a little more effort than I am used to as well. I have used DeWalt and Festool plunge routers for many years. I have never had a Makita plunge router before. I’m not sure if they are all this way or not. I guess I just have to learn to use my man hands with the little Makita.

There is also an adapter that allows you to use the router on your track Saw guide rails. Track saw rails are great for cutting flutes and V notches in flat stock. They can also be used in place of a jointer for straightening the edges of your stock.

This pair of routers has aced everything I have thrown at them. If they were stolen today I would order them again immediately. Now that I have experienced cordless routers, I wont go back.

I have a few trim routers that will be collecting dust now. I really see no need for a corded trim router at this point. We really aren’t done exploring all the ins and outs of these little beauties but we know enough to say they are the real deal and aren’t going away any time soon.

If you are a trim carpenter, remodeler or woodworker I imagine you will love using one of these bad boys. They are as useful as any trim router and add the benefit of no cord.  The really nice accessory package makes them a seriously appealing addition to any tool collection.


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http://www.makitatools.com

Makita 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Brushless Cordless Hammer Drill/Impact Driver Combo Kit w/Bonus 18V BL Router and 18V Battery 2PkThe Home Depot

382 Comments

  1. Matthew thetoolpig Young

    Looks like a great jobsite tool!

  2. Eric

    This looks like a great router. I am impressed that it is both cordless and has a plunge base.

    IG @hauckeric

  3. Andy Yergler

    I love the fact that I can 100% trust all of your reviews! Thanks for doing what you do! As someone who is looking to get into some woodworking on the side, I feel like this would be a great first router to have!

    Instagram: yergs_92

  4. Mark Kelley

    @mkelley0983 – great review! Would love to get my hands on one. Would definitely help check things off my honey do list. I have plenty of Makita batteries on stand by.

  5. DapperWoodworks

    Love my dewalt trim router, but Would love to be free from cords!
    @dapperwoodworks

  6. Blair Holmes

    Great review!

    IG: blair_holmes_

  7. This is missing from my collection, would have a blessing to have one.

  8. Steve Lannon

    Great info to confirm how good this router is. In comparing this router and another companies, the makita is hands down the best. The accessories alone are a major selling point. I’m surprised that there aren’t more companies in the cordless router area yet.
    @upstate_woodworking

  9. I have the corded Dewalt 611 but have been considering a cordless option because I find the cord can get in the way sometimes causing me to stop and adjust the router. A cordless router also seems to me that it would be easier to make mortises on narrower stock with since theres no cord to apply weight to the back side when moving from side to side.

    What’s the run time like on this? I know the cordless sander can run on a 3.0 for a decent amount of time but wouldn’t want to use it to completely sand down a tabletop without a couple extra batteries on hand.

    Instagram: @jtkendall

  10. Jesse

    These look like awesome units. Good read and sounds like quite a versatile unit. Would love to add it to the growing arsenal in the garage. Really appreciate your reviews as they are a good buying guide for me as an apprentice growing my tool arsenal. Cheers IG: lafountainjd

  11. Raul Lopez

    Can’t wait to get my hands on this tool

    @nbabballer

  12. Jesus Sotelo

    I have a corded older model and it’s a pain taking out the cords for small jobs at times, having it battery powered is awesome, just makes jobs get done faster and less hassle. I love the dust collection system on it also helps keep work space a bit cleaner. Would love to add this to my tools and lately I’ve been using routers more in my job sites.
    @jesusms88

  13. Dylan Baxter

    This thing looks sweet. I love makita and love small routers. I need one of these puppies 👏🏻

  14. Logan Potts

    Would be a game changer to my kit! Love Makita.

    @loganpotts

  15. Very thoughtful review! The cord and my careless feet have led to a couple router plunging to the floor experiences. Would love to give this a try especially as Makita is my platform of choice for drills, circ saw, blower, vac, lights ect…. Insta @timber.made.

  16. Chris

    Fantastic review. I would love to get my hands on one!

    @wyowarrior307

  17. Nicholas Cantrell

    Awesome review, thanks for all the info! I’ve been looking to purchase a router and with so many good options it’s been difficult to pull the trigger. Looks like this is the one which says a lot coming from a Dewalt guy!

    IG: @nicholasdavidcantrell

  18. It looks like an awesome router from your videos and cordless is just so much easier. Good review brother!

  19. Ryan Kempton

    Love my old corded Makita router. Its seen miles of cutting over the years. Really looking at this cordless one and the cordless palm sander. Really make the shop a lot easier to work in!! Great review.

  20. Matt Lipsitz

    Nice thorough review. I really like the Makita tools cordless products. I can relate to the struggles with cords on routers, and this tool would certainly solve that problem, while also introducing me to some of the newer brushless technology. Very nice!
    IG: @mlwoodchuck

  21. Evan

    Looks like a great lightweight router
    @evaneisenhard

  22. Josh

    Very cool! I love seeing a small router with a plunge base.

    @odwini

  23. Evan Bussel

    Glad I read this Im thinking about purchasing a trim router for my shop! @evanbussel -instagram

  24. Zac

    Great review! Love the Makita 18v range

  25. Anonymous

    Makita is really making some nice compact
    Brushless tools. I recently started working on a Milwaukee Set, which is nice but when I pick up a makita and it’s lighter and Faster than most tools, I have to wonder if the Milwaukee subcompact is worth the price? @poshjopky

  26. @hammy304

    Can’t wait to try this out

  27. Sean france

    Hey Tool 🐖 pig! Thanks for the review and for another Awsome give away. It’s amazing the amount of cordless tools coming out from cordless Sanders to lights and this router would be rad to have on hand in my woodshop. Oh the things I could make and then finish w paint or poly. Take care!
    Sean France 🇫🇷 @franceprecisionpainting

  28. Patrick grant

    Great review! Sounds like another awesome addition to the cordless world!

    – @patrgrant

  29. Richard

    Thanks for the review! Been wanting to get one of these

    @riftsawnwoodworks.com

  30. Matt Schaefer

    Sounds great!! Would be such an efficient router when we finish timber beams. @strikingtimber

  31. Makita make amazing tools. I’m hoping to visit the factory nearby where my wife grew up in Japan sometime soon.
    I haven’t got this router yet but having looked at it and seen your reviews on Instagram, it’s certainly on the list of needed items!

  32. Dan H.

    This router looks pretty sweet! I’m a carpenter by hobby and my Bosch router was the first power tool I ever purchased at the ripe age of 18, back in 2005. At the time it was considered top notch, but the awesome dust extraction and cordless capability of this Makita are unmatched. I’d love to make the switch!

  33. Paul

    Great router. Thanks for the review. Sure wish I had one! @bellspaulsy

  34. Kevin Schneider

    Great review! It’s good to know how well this dies work because I’ve been on the edge of buying one for a while now. I’ve always hated working around cords especially on a router. Thanks for the review!
    @kdsch77

  35. Travis

    What an machine! The dust extraction looks really good as well! Thanks for the review

  36. Justin

    Great detailed review answere all my questions.

    Would love to have a small compact cordless router rather than lug my corded fullsize in and out of its table.

    @shakamahalos

  37. Nathan Griffin

    Great review!! Cordless routers are a thing of the future! Very versatile with all the accessories as well.
    IG @theundergroundshop

  38. Harry Humphries

    Great looking piece of gear. I’ve been using a large corded dewalt router which is Great for the heavier stuff, jointing worktops etc but is a bit cumbersome when doing smaller stuff. Would love to try one of these on a hinge jig too..

  39. Cody Burke

    I’ve never used a cordless router before. My biggest complaint has always been the cord getting snagged at the worst time, just as you said. Definitely looks like a great and powerful enough alternative to corded units.
    Instagram : codyburkee

  40. Max bates

    Love it!just got one…..now i just need the accessories!

  41. Nice review, i would like to transition my trim router to cordless @calebskellie

  42. Justin Kendall

    I’ve been going back and forth between the Makita and the Ridgid. I’m not in either platform so it’s not as easy as “I already have the batteries so I’ll just get this one”. The fact that Makita offers a plunge base just put it in the lead.

    @justinkendall

  43. James Thomas

    I absolutely love the freedom of cordless tools! Great review, just wish dewalt would make one.

    @natet10

  44. Gregory pellegrini

    This thing would almost complete my amazing cordless makita set up! Make it so easy for the little or big projects with no cords needed!!!!! Would love to!!!

    @gregory_pellegrini
    Gregpellegrini@gmail.com

  45. daniel szabo

    awesome

    @danielmtlgoodtimes

  46. Zac

    Nice. I love the Makita 18v range. Cordless tools are perfect for working on a roof.

    @sackofwee

  47. Sweet router giveaway! I would absolutely love using this as I usually just need to route a quick profile or two and don’t do heavy repetitive routing often. Being able to just grab and go is awesome! Thank you for offering this giveaway!

  48. John Brennan

    Great review. Looks like Makita hit it out the park on the router.

    @itisjohnp

  49. Randy Blanden

    Looks like a well thought out power tool. The dust collection is well placed.

  50. David

    GREAT review – always love to see the gear you get to play with. Can’t wait to build my shop with an 18v cordless !!

  51. I’ve been looking at this router for a minute now! Really love all the attachments and that it can run on the track as well. Cords on routers have always been an issue and pain in the butt! Cordless seems like a dream! Excited about the makita systainers as well, the bags always suck and being comparable with the other tanos systainers is so nice!

  52. Awesome review! I must add one to my arsenal. Thanks for posting.
    @helton_enterprises

  53. Ben Dellos

    Comprehensive review, thanks Toolpig. A plunge base even, hot damn! This tool proves how serious and commited manufacturers have gotten about cordless tools. Makita is at the forefront. Grandpa would be jealous….

    Insta: dellos

  54. Joseph Maxwell

    Makita by far are the best made tools out there. I have been using Makita since I have gotten into the construction field 15 years ago. Makita was used by my Dad, by my Grandfather and now me. Simply the best. Would love to when one.
    @jmaxwell1979

  55. Great review, iv been looking for a router for a while and originally was going to go with something bigger. It seems like this may be the way to go and in the process start me on a Makita battery platform tool obsession. @nazarianpaintinghomeremodeling

  56. Andres

    Nice and smoth baby! Great tool. I want

  57. Tom

    Could be the one tool that brings me back to makita…

    @sublime_finishing

  58. Moose

    I work in theater and every few months a new cordless tool comes out that makes life so much easier for me. Working in lots of old theaters in Chicago mean either flakey power or too few outlets too far away. Anything that let’s me bring less cords across stage and up ladders and frees up outlets for the bigger tools. I’m in the Makita 18v family and look forward to continue to cut the cord.

  59. Donald Joice

    I have the corded version of this router and it’s phenomenal. Would love the cordless version of this guy!

    @dondonjoice

  60. Nathan Paul

    I don’t use routers as much as I should mainly because of it lack of convenience but having a cordless one available would change that problem. Nathanp@championcsi.com
    @6ofseven

  61. Mike Rynk

    Looks like a great router, Thanks for the review and an opportunity to win. I have the Makita track saw and this router would make a nice addition. @michaelrynk

  62. Kyle Keck

    I love the no cord stuff .. so good
    @keckconstruction

  63. Kevin Pangle

    Cant wait to try one of these. I am slowly removing cords from my job. Keep up the reviews.

  64. Marquise

    I’ve been wanting this router since I’ve laid eyes on it.Its built right and looks good! And the added bonuses are the assesories that come with it. IG= @Markswoodworks07

  65. Kevin Pangle @blindviper

    Cant wait to try one of these. I am slowly removing cords from my job. Keep up the reviews.

  66. Henry

    Looks awesome! Love th dust collection.

    Instagram @hb_gingerninja

  67. Bryce Julian

    Woah, looking slick!

    @bryjulian

  68. Michael Scott

    Trying to make the leap to #cutthecord this would be a great addition to my arsenal. I’ve heard nothing but great things.

    Instagram: PrecisionCarpentrygroup

  69. Brian

    Great review! It’s amazing how far battery technology has come in the last few years.

    @barrnibus

  70. Been fighting my big bulky router for a while now and have really been looking into a smaller finish router. The cordless seems like a no-brainer!
    Instagram @semeehan17

  71. Great review, really covers everything one would like to know! Thank you for what you do.

  72. Dana Kinnaird

    @dana.kinnaird

    No cords for the win!

  73. Ronnie

    I have the entire makita line but this cordless router as we are pushing cordless at the jobsites these days, i would to give this tool a try on and off the jobsite. Consider me for the prize

  74. Matthew Garone

    Looks like a great tool! I have mostly Dewalt at this point but still don’t have a trim router and am considering this as an option. Great review! I would love a chance to put this tool to use!

    IG: @garonematthew

  75. Danny

    Looks awesome and is awesome! Used this to router out some tracks for a warmboard floor and it did pretty good. To bad it was my bosses ans not mine!

  76. Brian Fetzner

    Love all of Makita’s 18v tools. @Fetzner on Instagram.

  77. Dave Currie

    Been looking at this little guy since it came out. Love that it has an adapter for track saws and that the dust collection works! Glad to hear your digging it. Thanks for another solid review. I think this will be my next too purchase! IG: Davecurrie

  78. Nick

    It looks like, one way or another, I’m going to have to get one of these. I know that the cord on my current router causes me the same frustration that you described.
    @nicksound

  79. Andrew Morris

    Amazing. Would love to have one of these.

  80. Richard Shoemaker

    I have been using the Bosch colt but would love to try something new.
    IG: Mr.r.shoemakeriii

  81. chris bryant

    Nice review. I just picked up the cordless 10” miter and have been trying to decide which tool is next for me on the makita battery platform. I think I know now. Hope I get a chance to take the giveaway off your hands.

  82. chris bryant

    Nice review. I just picked up the cordless 10” miter and have been trying to decide which tool is next for me on the makita battery platform. I think I know now. Hope I get a chance to take the giveaway off your hands.

    IG: cbryantnyc

  83. Brian Boisvert (SupraBrian)

    Love it! Would be a real upgrade for me.

  84. Ian D

    So light and compact…and cord freedom!
    @dohertyi

  85. Raphael Pontes

    There’s a certain kind of beauty in cordless tools… Have been a fan of Makita for long now, but haven’t used any of it’s cordless power tools, because they’re kind of overpriced here where I live. Excelent Review, Toolpig! Ig: @coisano3

  86. Chester

    This will be very hand for liners that I pre fab on occasionally. With a 1/4 Eli d bit. This cordless router would eliminate my corded bosh 😂 I was debating to buy this at home depot but if I win it then that would be awesome.

  87. Albert (johanodinson on Instagram)

    I have never even thought I go cordless with a router but with the way the tools are progressing lately I couldn’t see it being bad! I’d love to get my hands on it to take it for a spin!

  88. Tyler Ogden

    Awesome review of the Makita router, I would love to give one a try and kickstart my collection of wireless tools @archerogden

  89. Jacob Turetsky

    I have been in need of a small trim router for a while. I already have some rigid tools so I was really eyeballing the rigid cordless, however since before this came out to now I haven’t moved in the rigid. I’ve been telling myself I don’t need another battery platform, this would be my first cordless makita, but I also find myself checking the prices for this router kit about every other week…. just a matter of time at this point I think. Then Once im on the platform I’d probably pick up the subcompact drill/drivers and eventually grab a 7-1/4 sliding chop saw next time an onsite job would benefit from it.

    @jacob_jingleheimer_schmidt

  90. Brian Mains

    I have the corded version of this router and it’s awesome. It’s super smooth and I’ve used the cordless setup once on a different application with a buddy and man does this go! Nailed it,on every aspect of design with this router. Article is gold as usual guys👍🏻

  91. Terry

    This router looks awesome! Not having to deal with a cord when doing precision work would be game-changing.

    @terryishizaki

  92. Tim

    Reading your article makes me want to get it even more 😛 I have the track saw now so I would love to get this router and to be able to set it on the track! 🙂 Great article!

    @timstimber

  93. Brent Devey

    Such a versatile tool! Cords are inconvenient on any tool, but especially a router. I love the review and would love to get my hands on this tool. @brentdevey

  94. This works flawlessly especially with the 2.0 ah battery. Nice and balanced. @ masondm

  95. Sean Meehan

    After years of fighting with me big ass router I am starting to kick around the idea of a trim router. I love the cordless idea. One of those head slapping ideas- makes perfect sense!
    IG @semeehan17

  96. Brian Nowakowski

    This has got to be the most versatile tool a door hanger would need. This would be a perfect compliment to my Makita set and my door hanging kit. (@expospy IG)

  97. Adam Sperry

    Paul,
    Thanks for another fantastic review! I don’t think you missed any conceivable attribute of this router in your review. I’ve been wanting to try the Makita platform for some time and am stuck between the subcompact hammer drill and this router! Anyway, great, informative work as always!

    • Love the subcompact hammer. Only thing I miss is that it has no chipping only setting.

  98. Harry

    I never thought about getting a cordless router but after reading this I think it will be perfect for my needs. Good job toolpig.

  99. Richard Rodriguez

    Looks amazing can’t wait to try one out!! @rickrod_17

  100. Matt

    Been looking at trim routers. was thinking about the corded Makita. but maybe ill go cordless

  101. Ramiro Garate

    I just purchased the Makita cordless saw so I’m going to start transitioning over to the 18v Makita line…this would be an awesome addition

    @WhittierWoodworks

  102. josh simpson

    I could really use this router on door installs. Looks awesome… IG- @joshxsimpson

  103. Matt

    Great review! After years of Ryobi I’m finally upgrading to grown up cordless. @matt_instadad

  104. Marco Fee

    Wow, I can see this being extremely useful for rounding over my decking boards and exterior handrails. Great review!

  105. Alex H

    I’ve always wanted a cordless router regardless of brand. The Makita seems like a great place to start. If you don’t have cordless when you are doing soft edges or plunge cutting you can pull on your cord and mess up your cut and that’s a good reason to go cordless. Thanks for the reviews it helps out a young man getting into the trades! @ahill223

  106. Joel Miranda

    The detailed upclose pictures on the top of the review make it easier to identify what assets mentioned in the review were covered which made for better understanding of just how good this router is. As a set designer, this tool would be essential for tight work where a corded router would be combersome. (But then again, the fact that it’s comparable in power to a corded router is a big reason to not even bother with cords). Track saw compatibility further increases the value of this tool and can see why toolpig would be letting some of his routers collect dust in favor of using this one in their place. Long time Makita user and they never fail to disappoint me!

    Instagram: jmirandaceron

  107. Ricky Eastburn

    I’m loving the new cordless tools. They’ve come along way. Nice to see Makita take the lead in this category.
    Wild Horses Woodworks

  108. Casey

    Never owned or used a router before, this looks like a good place to start!

    @maint_mech15

  109. Andrew limoges

    Interesting, never thought we would see a cordless router. Would love to give it a try. @ajlimoges

  110. Alex Smith

    Shoot forgot. @buffpow thanks toolpig love your reviews!!

  111. Rob Williams

    Great tool and good review So much packed into this router that can make it the only go to router for the precision jobs I do. Would love to get one of these in my shop. Cords are so last millieneum !!

  112. Alex Smith

    I would love this setup. We constantly use routers and I love the cordless framing saw. This would also go well with my cordless biscuit joiner. Please choose me!!!

  113. Louis torchio

    Looks like a grate tool. Dust extraction is the way to go. 👍🏾👍🏾

    My IG name is Louis2beards

  114. Great Review! It’s amazing to see how much battery powered technology has really revolutionized the construction industry. I’m only 25 but I remember working with my dad when i was 14 or 15 and the only battery powered tool we had was the Panasonic Drill. I would always say how cool it would be to have all our tools be cordless but my pops, who was an innovator and definitely a forward thinker in his day, would always say that there’s no way a battery could put out the same power a corded tool could. Yet here we are with cordless routers and framing guns. Who knows what’s next.

    IG: @samdurdaller

  115. Dan

    Would love to get my hands on one. I have tried one an I love the balance and how much power it has.

    Instagram: book_em_dano03

  116. Brad Dufresne

    Correction…. Instagram – BradleyJ82

  117. Brad Dufresne

    Been eyeing this router for a while…. just need money

    IG BradleyJones82

  118. @morgancrawford20

    I’ve had my eyes on this router since the first time you posted it, it would make a great addition to this young carpenters cordless makita arsenal.

  119. Luke

    Would live the opportunity to give this a try…. Still not sure how I don’t have any Makita cordless stuff… This would be an awesome kick start to add some a Makita to the shop/truck/jobsite. Excellent review as always @toolpig!!! Would love some freedom from cord snags!!! @local27lou

    • Wade (@fubarhockeynut)

      Small and versitile over the large corded units. For the small one off jobs on site this is perfect. Love the the insta opportunity to win it.
      @fubarhockeynut

  120. Matt Van Dyke

    I much prefer the Makita to the Ridgid or Ryobi due to ergonomic factors.
    Great review! @fishuntcreations

  121. Justin Dickerson

    Great review. I have been looking at getting one of these routers since I have just started my makita collection. I would love to see how a cordless router can get the job done!
    @justinjjd98

  122. Lionel Gilliar

    I’ve been using black and Decker corded routers for a while now and then I tried this makita router, simply brilliant for being battery powered. A great article and a cordless jobsite is a great goal to reach!

  123. Michael A

    I’m a custom cabinet maker and Makita is a great brand in power tools and I love their products! They’re my tools of choice! I wouldn’t mind having this to add to my collection!

    IG: @michael_alaman

  124. Richard

    Looks like another solid tool from Makita Going on the Christmas list lol
    @seery631

  125. Having the ability of doing router work withou the cord snagging or getting In the way would be so helpful and safer.
    IG triwoodguy

  126. Josh Lewis

    I’ve been wanting to upgrade to this router since I first heard about it, after reading this even more so now. Always a more than thorough review to help make a more educated purchase. With the multitude of choices on the market (not just cordless routers but all tools), the information you put out is incredibly valuable the help with purhases. I’ve been remodeling my home for a few years and between no dedicated shop space and working in small rooms, being mobile and cordless is very important to me to not only be able to set up shop wherever I have to, but keep a clean and safe workspace with no cords (or at least as little as possible). Being able to mortise doors, mill up molding, and quickly round over stock, amongst many other uses, without running extension cords and with high-quality results, would be amazing with this router. @joshlews

  127. Alex E

    The more cordless tools I buy the more I see how much time and money I can save. Plus with the aggravation of cords its a no brainer. I have two routers and both are corded. This would be a great addition to my growing Makita platform.

  128. Moises aparicio

    Great review as always toolpig. I hang doors everyday and this would be nice to mortise out hinges latches and strikes. Gets kind of annoying when dragging a cord in tract houses then someone unplugs my cord….

    IG: moses_aparicio

  129. This is a tool I could really use. I have an old Makita trim router. And I love it. But the base is small and plastic and had seen better days. The metal base on this guy looks impressive and the ability to use it in a plunge base (which is one of my favorite things) and even with the rail guides! These would be game changers in my shop! @josh_kinkead

  130. Gabriel DeLapp

    I never thought I would even consider a cordless router for “real” work! Your in depth article got me pondering and it’s now something to consider. I really did not want to have to get another battery platform! Thanks brother! @integritycarpentry

  131. Emily kitchin

    Awosme bit of kit. Sounds like makita have done a great job.
    Inspired to start projects that require such finishes & fineness

    Great review thanks, I’ll be sure to check out some others 👌🏻

    eemilykitch02

  132. Andy Brasher

    I’m looking to buy my first router. This would be beyond amazing!

    @andy_woodwork

  133. Pete Abrahamson

    Great review. Sounds like a solid cordless router.

    IG: @pete.abrahamson

  134. Well, thanks for once again adding a new tool to my “must eventually get list! 🙂

    I love my router passed down from my grandpa, but its old, loud and corded.

    Just in case you want to make my Christmas awesome and become my new best friend, my Instagram handle is milmarbuildings.

    Thanks for the fun giveaways, but even more for the reviews you do on all these tools for those of us interested in getting the best tools to add to our shop!

  135. @alexanderkaula_2

    Great review. I‘ve worked with the corded version and loved the machine. Without the cord this must be a while different experience!

  136. James Bibb

    Such a versatile tool. I’d love to have one in the shop or on the jobsite!
    @James_Bibb

  137. Isaac

    Your reviews are always spot on with the information and when I come home from work I sit on the toilet like most of us do when we come home and just scroll and read what you’ve got to say, this looks like one great piece of kit I’d love to be in for a chance to win

  138. Devin McJimsey

    Looks like an awesome router and kit would love to get one @devinmcjimsey

  139. Tom

    Awesome review. What can’t you do with it when you get the kit?

    @thomasr_59

  140. Jake

    I have had my eye on this one since it came out. It will be an invaluable asset to the work flow and efficiency.

    @Luckybydesign
    Jakeglucky@gmail.com

  141. John Mccaleb

    This is a awesome tool that would be great for my little shop! Good stuff toolpig

    @jtm4444

  142. Liam G

    I haven’t gotten a chance to actually try one yet but the reviews coming back on the Makita one are stellar so far and I use a trim router constantly in my line of work (tv and film scenic Carpentry) so having this would be a massive advantage. Really enjoy that it’s as diverse as it is particularly with connecting to the track. Really happy to see companies adapt more and more commonly corded tools to battery powered, especially routers that don’t have a trigger switch like so many saws do and stay engaged once they’re flipped on.

    @wlfpk

  143. Caleb Hutcheson

    This is one wicked router…

    IG: calebhutcheson

  144. I’ve been eyeballing this router for awhile because I don’t have one yet and have a bunch of cordless Makita already. Looks like a winner!

    IG: jprieb086

  145. Clive Gahungu

    This looks like the perfect tool. I can think of many ways to use it. This a tool that everyone who works with something wood related should have.

  146. Josiah Young

    Love the review!
    I’ve really taken a liking to routers and the versatility of them.
    Just about to finish my carpentry apprenticeship in Australia. Would love the opportunity to own one of these!!
    Insta : _joey.young_

  147. Blake Stegeman

    I love that there are so many options for bases. It makes it a very versatile unit.

    @tigerlilywoodworking

  148. Jarod moreau

    Looks like a router that’s 2nd to none! Could certainly see myself putting this use almost daily. Another great write up again!

    IG. CDM.woodworks

  149. Sean Kenny

    The best little router on the market and they made it cordless now as well…very impressed with it… Makita is the only way to go! Cant wait to get my hands on it! @seanjk24 Instagram

  150. Looks amazing. Deffinetly next tool on the way once the budget lines up! So sick!! Thanks for the writup!

  151. Matthew Mills

    This is a nice looking router. It is nice that makita added the dust port hook up since no one really likes the crazy dust a router creates. A straight like track is a nice touch to create some great joints and things. I wanted the Ridgid for a long time but this looks like a great little router!
    @matt_mills8

  152. Daniel Fernandez

    My Instagram tag is actually @young_atwork sorry about that

  153. Daniel Fernandez

    About 11 months ago I upgraded to the makita 18v platform from the 20v Porter Cable system and since then I’ve discovered more and more and more tools all compatible with the batteries for the makita system I’ve come to love. I’ve been looking into getting one of these to replace my Bosch PR20EVS. I’ve been having a few issues with it since I purchased it a couple years ago, for one I totally agree that the cord is a hindrance and totally inconvenient. Another issue is dust collection. The Bosch attachments you can buy are practically useless for me. And last but most certainly not least annoyingly, the adjustments on the Bosh router require you to twist the base to lock it. This is super frustrating as the twist motion more often than not changes your depth and you have to fiddle with it before you get the depth you need… It’s fine when you’re setting your depth once and moving on but for tasks which require more than one depth setting… Nightmare. Reading your review, it seems the makita unit doesn’t have any of these issues… Plus I’m already on the battery platform making that much more lucrative for me to invest in one. @youngatwork

  154. Wes Rodgers

    This thing looks awesome! Just finishing up my first and brand new workshop construction, will be needing a router so thanks for the review!

  155. Daniel

    This is such a bad ass tool!! Hoping to gift one of these bad boys

  156. Kevin

    Would love to have this! Would be great to get the cord out of the way!
    IG: _captainkev

  157. John Boothe

    Great review. I really admire the fact that Makita has thrown in so many additional attachments for a cordless router, especially the track adaptor. That doesn’t happen often!

  158. James Mason

    “Another annoying thing about cords is that they get in people’s way and sometimes they trip on them, pulling tools off the bench” this really is a big issue for me. I always seem to catch the cords as I’m walking by either with materials, tool pouch or my big feet. I do alot of work in a stair company in Southern Ontario and having a small compact router finely balenced goes a long way in Musculoskeletal Disorders and fatigue. Makita has really hit it out of the park with this beautiful router

  159. Tim Barnett

    This review is very informative. I don’t have any ny Makita yet, but after reading this, I really like this router. I think I’ll be looking at Makita a little closer from now on on. Keep up the good work. 😎🤙. [•] @timbwoodguy

  160. Matt

    This router could really help me in my holiday Christmas gift wood working. Have been in the market for one and heard this one is great !!
    @mattgholla

  161. Brad B.

    Great review. This is a must have for any shop. Great job.

    @strosfan78

  162. Been waiting quite some time for the Bosch Colt to go on sale. In the meantime, I bought a Makita miter saw that I love and have read numerous reviews like Nick Christensens above where the Colts are biting the dust (no pun intended) and they are being replaced with this Makita kit. After reading your review I think I have an update to the wishlist. 🙂
    @spiskoty

  163. I’d love to own this router. I have a corded DeWalt and I must be getting spoiled, I can’t stand the cord on it. I have a battery Ryobi, but this Makita seems like a huge step up.

    @makitacharles

  164. Awesome, I’ve been eye balling this tool for a while now. Ended up grabbing the sub compact kit recently that was on sale which was a score but this is for sure next on the list!

  165. Brennen

    Current Makita router (RP0900K) is bulky and the plunging is sticky. Used this one a few times and is hands down better. Cordless and able to be put into a plunging base – can’t beat it.

  166. Matt

    i’ve emailed Bosch about something like this for years! i’m ecstatic about Makita bringing one to the market! cordless is the way of the future for sure. i’ve played with one at a preview in Home Depot one day and would LOVE to have one to call my own!

    @matebrzuszek

  167. Terry

    Been using the DeWalt compact router for a while and I absolutely love it, but you’re right, the cord is often in the way. There have even been several times when I realized mid-cut that the cord wasn’t long enough so I had to carefully move the bit away from the edge to go find an extension cord. A good compact router in a cordless configuration would be a game changer for my shop. I love Makita tools, especially their cordless lineup. So far I have two impact drivers and the compact drill. Would love to expand. Really quality stuff. IG: the_serial_hobbyist

  168. Adam Johnson

    This thing looks great! It would make an awesome addition to my shop
    IG @johnson_adamw

  169. John

    Interesting review. Lots of good information. Thanks for sharing.

    IG = @ohiostatebuckeyefan

  170. Wow! This router looks amazing! Definitely a step up from my current router. I love the compact, easy-to-handle look of this. Along with the fact that it has dust collection too…I mean come on, amazing! Definitely can’t wait to get my hands on this thing. Would make my job much easier! @vanhoutenguitars

  171. Bryan Boutin

    I love the idea of adding a cordless router to my collection. It would be great on site when I need to rout something away from my bench. @bjbwoodshop

  172. Ani

    @ani.zaldivar Great review! My husband has been going back and forth between the rigid and makita router for a while now, can’t bring himself to buy either one yet. I think he’d love the makita and get better use out of it especially with some of the extras makita offers. Thank you toolpig for your helpful review!

  173. brett_mabrymakings

    I would like to use this with a circle cutting jig. That cord always gets so twisted up half way through the job.

  174. Dana Kinnaird

    Cordless looks wicked. @dana.kinnaird

  175. John Leblacn

    Saw your post on Instagram and I almost wish I hadn’t just bought another brands cordless router.

    @LJtheFro on instagramn

  176. Kevin hew

    Your website and Instagram are bad for my wallet. Every time I read a review i’m like hey I didn’t know that existed but I urgently need it. Hopefully I can win it my instagram is @kev._who thank you

  177. No cords in my small shop would be awesome! Thanks for the review.

  178. Nate Nadeau

    What an awesome looking router. I’m a makita guy through and through. Ive been wanting to add this to my kit for a long time. Fingers crossed

  179. I couldn’t agree more about the cord being the worst part of a router. I use a plunge router all the time when making furniture and I am always getting tangled up in the cord. I would love to have this makita router @givingtreewooshop

  180. I couldn’t agree more about the cord being the worst part of a router. I use a plunge router all the time when making furniture and I am always getting tangled up in the cord. I would love to have this makita router

  181. Stuart Gardner

    Extremely easy to maneuver , very versatile, great for large or small projects. Love to have one of these so I can crank out my cutting boards and cheese boards faster while using it on live edge as well.
    Awesome product. It’s a must buy!

    Sbgardner08@yahoo.com

  182. Orrin agner

    This thing looks amazing!! I hope I win tired of fumbling around with my Heavy Bosch . Would love to win this

  183. Jeremy Koepplin

    This tool is awesome. It looks like it will make routing things much more enjoyable.

    IG name: jeremykep1587

  184. Jeremy Koepplin

    This tool is just awesome, and would make routing things much more enjoyable.

    IG name: @jeremykep1587

  185. Jeff pacheco

    Another great review, I can’t believe how far the cordless tool lines have come. Will be diffentlt will add this tool on my list tools get for my makita line
    @jeff.pacheco.35

  186. Jeff. P

    Another great review, I can’t believe how far the cordless tool lines have come. Will be diffentlt will add this tool on my list tools get for my makita line
    @jeff.pacheco.35

  187. joster tervar

    Love it!! Fine quality tool. Good adition for a workshop!!
    @josian8892

  188. James

    Been after the corded version of this for a while now, but now I want this one! @jamesbillingsfurniture

  189. Brandon Taylor

    Love it! Would be a real upgrade for me.

    @brandonmichelt

  190. Paul

    Just got the makita track saw and I’m loving it. Lots of great features. I would love one of these to use with the track. It would get put to work immediately.

  191. Craig

    I’ve been on the fence for years on finally buying a router and this one looks like the golden ticket!
    Great review

    @hickles347

  192. Again, great review!!

  193. Richard L. Ballew

    This is awesome! This would be a great first cordless tool to start my collection with. I’m 52 and have always wanted to aquire a tool here and there to eventually have all I need to create wonders in wood with. That’s why I’d like to win this.

  194. Brandon

    What a great innovation. So many uses and so nice to be cord free. I can’t wait to get one.
    @blatchley_building

  195. Steve Norwood

    Looks like a great tool with many extras over my ridgid compact corded.
    Hope to own one some day!

    norwood808@msn.com

  196. Ryan Johnson

    Thanks for the review. I need to get one of these so I can finish up my kitchen cabinets, and be able to move onto other projects. Hopefully I will win the Instagram giveaway!

    I’m @rycojo by the way.

  197. David A

    Hey great video! How has the estimated battery life compared to your use of the tool?

  198. Great review as always. This would be a perfect r placement for my hacked together cordless dewalt router. Makita has been killing it lately!! @thisisjacobriddle

  199. Super review as always. Would love to replace my DIY dewalt cordless router. Makita has been killing it lately. @thisisjacobriddle

  200. Cody Ross

    If this thing works anything like the other cordless makita tools we use on site it has to be awesome. The cordless miter saw and track saw cut as smooth as could be. Would love to get my hands on one of these and see how great it performs. @carpentercody1540 ig

  201. Jeff Efird

    Never owned a router but I’m in the market for one. This one takes the cake. I love the fact that it’s cordless and powerful. @blueoakconstruction

  202. Albert Jimenez

    I love the accessory kit. Cordless is convenience!

    IG name: mannabuilder

  203. Steve Dusek

    What has really drawn me to the Makita router is the fact that you can get a plunge base as an attachment. Makita has always been a quality product and I think it’s time to expand my tool lines.

    @spectrummoderndesign

  204. Simon silver

    I need/want to get one of these. Can’t wait to work with one.

  205. Ben Schipper

    More times than I’m proud of have I had the Bosch Colt in my cart at the store, and mentally talked myself out of it every time before checking out. Fearing that a week after buying it, the next “best thing” would come out and f regret not waiting. After reading this, it’s a much better suited tool for my needs than a large corded unit. I remember seeing a video of this unit standing upright on a table , on its own while running with nobody holding it demonstrating the almost zero vibration compared to “competitors”. All of this combinined, im more than sold. You’ve made a believer out of this Guy. Awesome write up once again Tool Pig.

  206. Travis Klein

    Love my trim router now but cordless is the way to go. Makitas 18v platform is one of the best! @travisklein13

  207. gabezaldivar

    Awesome router, thank you for your review!

  208. Justin

    Looks great!

    @no_one_makes_it

  209. Jeremiah

    Me likey

    @redingtonrenos

  210. Joshua johnson

    Man i wish i can have this so bad, as building my own company up and working with my father. I hope i win. Great review and thank you for the chance!!! @thetreeforge

  211. Kris Mauro

    I have the corded version of Makita’s compact router and love it. Your review makes me want this! Thanks! @maurzy01

  212. Manon Giguere

    Thanks toolpig!
    You just help me whit this one. Definately the best Christmas gift for my husband.
    He will be in heaven whit this tool that he told me about since it’s on the market

  213. Luke Keller

    This thing hogs wood and it makes me hog wild! Beauty review. It makes me want this router even more.

    Instagram name @lkeller83

  214. Riley

    What an epic piece of weaponry. Would love to get my hands on one for these for work! 👍🏻 Great review

    Riley.murrell1@gmail.com

  215. Sylvain Gagnon

    Since I’m a newbie in woodworking, it would be great to ad this in my toolbox. Definately a very nice Makita product and from what i read it can make the job much easier for me.
    IG: @sylgagnon

  216. Midori

    Yay for cordless!
    And all the accessories that come with it is awesome as well.
    IG midori_jade_green

  217. Jacob F

    Awesome review man! Totally agree! They are phenomenal tools. I’ve been fortunate enough to get to use one a couple times and they just can’t be beat. I’ve got an old hand-me-down Bosch that has seen better days but I keep running it hoping to save up for one of these hahaha! Love your reviews and you give aways man. Keep up the good work. Ig: @jacobdf0810

  218. Chris rossong

    Great review, cordless is the way to go for all on-site work

    Rossongc@gmail.com

  219. Great write up! Clear that you care about quality, not just a name! I aim for the same.

    As a young blood slowly gaining in skill and knowledge (and tools! It’s a slow process!!) this would be a HUGE HELP!!

    Excited to break into the blue cordless. Have a few of the yellow monsters…

    ig – @ematt142

  220. Clive Bennett

    Cracking bit of kit…would love to add this to the tool kit!

    @bennobro

  221. Michael

    Would love to get my grubby little mitts on one of these. Thanks for the great review.

  222. Taun Vallet

    Very informative review. I want one of those routers now.

  223. Joel clinard

    This thing looks sweet,so nice without a cord. Id love that makita edge guide. Does it also work on the festool track?

  224. Todd O.

    A cordless router would be great. This one seems very versatile. Thanks for the review.

    ig: tolson_44

  225. Robert A

    This would be a nice addition to our line up
    Soon enough everything is going to be cordless!
    Instagram @alderelitewoodworks

  226. Andrew Malizia

    I love my corded RT0701c, glad to hear the cordless is as kickass as the corded!

    ig: @malzww

  227. Zack Bridgman

    Dig the adaptor for the track saw for cutting Datos. Looks like the dust collection will Be awsome for a compact router. @bridgmanbuilders

  228. Jason Hart

    I love your page and reading your reviews! As just starting in wood working, your reviews help in my decision making! This cordless router sounds like an excellent tool!

    IG: J.H.Evolve

  229. Great review Paul! I just hopped on the X2 cordless platform (rear handle saw and track saw). I’ve been looking at this compact cordless router. My go to trim router is the Bosch colt. Cordless is the way to go. I’m headed there. Xavier @ninzanstudio

  230. Caleb wilson

    This would be amazing to have since I don’t actually have a router worth using…please allow me a pleasure to use this router! Cmwilson1026

  231. Jonlenin

    Been wanting one for so long, love how it has so many accessories,
    IG: @jonlenin

  232. Edirke simon

    Nice little router @acoustic_pro

  233. Jonlenin

    Been wanting one for so long, would be great to get it with all its accessories
    IG: @jonlenin

  234. Ian D

    This is the perfect trim and slim router. Much better than unmounting my Bosch behemouth from the table.
    @dohertyi

  235. Shane Felix

    Wow – corded power meet cordless convenience! As if the router could not get any more versatile, makita comes out with a tool like this.

    The soft start feature combined with the variable speed makes this tool an absolute must-have for everyone from the hobbyist woodworker to the full time carpenter.

    Makita continues to push the envelope on the capability of cordless tools – one of the many reasons they are seen as the industry leader.

    IG: shanefelix
    Email: shanefelix@ymail.com

  236. Ben Fabish

    I feel like anything corded that you’re using in a track type situation is so annoying to use a corded tool on. Well done Makita. Would love to get my hands on one of these

    @mrfabish

  237. Daniel Cleveland

    looks like an ideal tool to have in my arsenal

  238. Tom stags

    Nicest 18v router on the market. Makita is putting out serious wood working tools.

    Instagram- tstags

  239. David hurd

    This things looks awesome. Especially with the dust collection, plunge base and guide.
    @Hurd_david

  240. Gpcwoodwork

    This would be a great router to teach my son how to use !!! Looks like a great set up !!

  241. I can agree that a router seems one of the most beneficial when talking cordless. It’s hard to dispute that nowadays the cordless tools are catching up, if not equal, to corded tools when it comes to power. Seems with necessity of mobility that the router would have been a focus of going cordless a while ago but what do I know 😂. Great review ToolPig!

    Ig: @trevor.cav

  242. John Gilliland

    I have the corded version will this cordless model work with all the bases from the corded model
    IG@johnthe_beard

  243. Tyler stock

    I love Makita and this router would make a great addition to my collection!!
    IG @six.zero.three

  244. William platt

    Man that set up is nice. Would love to upgrade my corded set up for this. Great article 👍

  245. I really want a few of these but need an excuse to jump to the Lakota battery platform. I have been so impressed with what is available and this trim router has proved to be the tipping point. They are so affordable I would like a few of them set up with standard round overs etc. The beauty of these is their portability and how great they feel in hand. Definitely want these!!!

  246. Gary Truesdell

    This friggin thing looks so sweet great review I also think this is the 1 tool where a cord always gets in the way ,thanks
    @advantage_carpentry

  247. Gary Truesdell

    This friggin thing looks so sweet great review I also think this is the 1 tool where a cord always gets in the way

  248. Ooh, this thing looks awesome! @granttanner

  249. David abesamra

    The reviews is great showing versatility of the tool and accessories! Have you pushed the battery to the limit yet?

  250. Andrew Hall

    Great review! This would be an excellent addition to my small crowded shop. Trying to go cordless anywhere I can. Thanks for all you do, it really helps us make smart choices on tools and equipment. @thedrewdude516

  251. Jon Barton

    This would look great on my trailer.

    @jjbarton97

  252. Kevin Isom

    Great review. That thing is awesome!! I’ve added it to my wish list. haha
    IG- kevisom

  253. Jeff

    I’m in the market for a router and this looks like it could fit the bill nicely!

    IG: @jprieb086

  254. Isaiah

    We have two Makita routers in our shop. Both are corded so it’s time to upgrade. Can’t complain about the quality on those things, they run awesome and give almost no trouble whatsoever. Awesome review would be nice owning one of those things! @isaiahwald

  255. Patrick Adams

    This would be a great addition to my recent Makita track saw purchase!
    Thanks for the opportunity to get a hold of one.
    @patrick_d_adams

  256. Patti

    This would be a perfect addition to my recent Makita track saw purchase!
    Thanks for the opportunity.
    @patrick_d_adams

  257. Great review! Been looking at this recently, looking to build the makita cordless tool inventory. Just got the traksaw

    @riftsawnwoodworks

  258. Awesome review, been looking to get my hands on a decent cordless router, I’m an apprentice and this tool would be a huge addition to the tool collection, especially with the door job I have coming up 👌🏻 @wendler_mark

  259. David

    I have been so on the fence about buying this recently. Always ends up in my cart just to have myself put it back, even though I know it will be handy. Great write up as always!

    @dsfloorinstallations

  260. Benjamin a uline

    We are usually in and out of home reno, and quick fixes ar my job. This tool would,be so versital for us because of the easy set up and breaks down time. Plus cordless is always better. Not to mention we keep picking up more and more trim work so having the right tools on site would be a life saver

  261. Kurt Kessler

    Impressed by the power of it being cordless. Technology has come a long way. @kurtvkessler

  262. Keith crawford

    What an awesome attachment kit! Also such a compact and powerful piece. Love it!

    Ig: @keefsea

  263. Jared Koster

    I’ve been looking around for what router to buy next, and it’s tough to know as there’s a lot of people reviewing, but you have no idea what kind of experience they have. Thanks for doing a review on this one! It’s one I was strongly considering. You may have convinced me. I’d love to add it to my collection of Makita tools!

    @jaredkoster

  264. Looper

    I need to get me one of these!!
    @looper430

  265. Awesome Review, something’s just make so much sense not to have a cord…… you nailed it when you said the cord always gets in the way at the worst times and can leave a divot and could waste material, def whats missing in my van

  266. Great review! Thanks man. I’ve heard nothing but great things about this router kit. Hope to add it to the repertoire sooner rather than later. @lionandlight

  267. fpersing

    I hate cords, love the concept of the power of the brushless motor and makita powerful battery. Wish list for Christmas?! Nice write up!

    IG: @fpersing

  268. Corky Gidden

    armycorky, Love this router. Would make an excellent addition to helping me get my shop up and running

  269. Matthew Neufeld

    Would love to add this to my small collection of tools @matneufeld

  270. Tanner

    *these* not beer. Lol

  271. Tanner

    I had no idea they were making beer in the 90s. Mind you I was a preteen then. Lol. I’ve never used a router but have been looking at this one and the ridgid. Would love to put it to work. As always awesome review! @oilersfan74

  272. Jonathan

    Awesome Review……. this is Def what’s missing in my van, some things make so much sense not to be corded….. you hit it dead on that cord is always getting in the way and causing a divot and have to waste material….. and love that it can be used with the track for my track saw

  273. Jorge Madrigal

    I have wanted one of these since they first came out! I have also not heard anything but positive feedback from users of this little Makita. I agree with your comment on routers and cord issues; I always try to lay out the cord in a way that won’t disrupt the work but every now and then it gets caught up on something or knocks something off the bench. I love its ability to mount to a track as well! Would love to win the giveaway!
    IG: JMADFISH88
    Email: madrigaljorge@aol.com

  274. Anonymous

    I’ve been hoping for one of these for Xmas .. my full size router is a bit combursome for the smaller jobs. This router is definitely on point.
    @warriormonkey

  275. Adam Leal

    My father and I ran a very successful solid surface counter top business. The router was hands down the most used cutting tool in the shop. How nice would this have been for field seams and on site repairs. Great review as usual. I always learn so much from your insight. Thanks a bunch. AdamJW! @leal615gmailcom

  276. Edirke simon

    Very nice router! @acoustic_pro

  277. Evan Arnold

    Slowly making all of my tools GREEN. Like it, love it, cant get enough of it!
    @evanarnold05

  278. Daniel collins

    I have used the corded one before and love it!!! How it feels in your heads… I like how they put the battery on the top of the tool so it doesn’t make it weird and bulky @dwayne_sparky

  279. Jordan

    Looks like a great tool demon to add the arsenal.

    @captainjevins

  280. Jordan

    Looks like a great tool demon to add the arsenal.

  281. Chip Pope

    I just bought a colt! Wish I would’ve seen this first. Might have to sell the colt on Craigslist and pick one of these up!

  282. Paul

    Pretty decent bit o kit this. Endless possibility’s of wood shavings flying everywhere creating a masterpiece with the aid of this magic trick router. 🤙🏼😉 @chipz_04

  283. Michael Milum

    This alone got me to switch from Milwaukee to Makita. Thanks for the review! @mmilim87

  284. Joshua

    Awesome information it is amazing how far the cordless tools shave come and are starting to out work the corded.

    IG name :ciceroraised

  285. Andrew Hinson

    I have the corded version and would love to get my hands on the cordless kit. The review was good and appreciate the info and chance to win.

  286. Love your Instagram page. The cord on my old router is my nemesis. Would love to put this one to good use.

  287. Jesse

    I’ve tried this one here before a buddy has one at work really, impressed puts in the good work. Thanks guys great reviews
    I need one ☝🏼 MAKITA ROCKS

    Email jessecerna@yahoo.com

    INSTAGRAM Jaycee_fit

  288. Lucas McCommon

    Great review, this would be a great tool to add to the collection.

    @lucas_mc

  289. Dan

    Would love to get this kit! @dooey_by_self

  290. James Forsythe

    Bad ass little router! A few guys at work have one and id love to get my hands on it too!


    @jamestforsythe

  291. David moloney

    Been hoping to get this bad boy for a while!! Great review 👍🏻

    Maxxie07

  292. Calvin

    Need one of these!! IG @calschramm

  293. Edward Founder

    Great review as always. email ifoundedward@gmail.com

  294. James Bibb

    Such a versatile tool. I would love to have one in the shop or jobsite!

  295. CarolinaSplashPads

    Great Job on the reviews. IG @carolinasplashpads

  296. Austin

    Looks like a great piece for any install.

    @austinrossknierim

  297. Patrich Jorgensen

    Cordless is the way to go. Another detailed review. Great work.

  298. Steve Sammons

    Nice write up. Would love to get my hands on one of these.

    IG: sammons_repair

  299. Calvin

    I need this!!! IG @calschramm

  300. Michael Krause

    Thanks for the write up! Tool Pig is my go to for reviews because you guys always put all the details!! @michaelkrause243

  301. Aaron Miiller

    I love the fact that this thing is cordless. Great review, and you right, especially with a router cords just get in the way constantly! Love that this thing is so powerful too. I need one. Thanks again for the review!
    @miillersconstruction

  302. Kevin Klatt

    Looks awesome! Been using Makita corded laminate trimmer for years and I can’t wait to cut the cord. Great review!
    @kevklatt

  303. Brandon costley

    Have one of these routers at work and they are fantastic could use the track guide and bases. @brandoncostley

  304. Great review as always. I like the Makita because everything comes in the kit that you need. I would like to use it for making dados because my table saw is not the best. Also the plunge attachment would be great for inlays, too. IG name @howiemac59. Thanks for the chance to win this fine piece of equipment.

  305. Brian Boisvert (SupraBrian)

    Great review. I have been wanting to get a router and this helped a lot.

  306. Nathan

    Looks great. Can’t imagine routering without hauling a corset behind myself… fighting the cord around corner…. stresses me out just thinking about it….

    Ig: bigbigness

  307. Dan Wiechman

    A cordless router would come in so handy so many times during reno’s. I can’t believe more companies haven’t jumped on board. Great review toolpig.

    IG wiechmand

  308. Levon Cullen

    I’m really stoked on the amount of power this little router has. I’m particularly excited about the plunge base. I’m wondering how well it would work with the festool LR 32 system for drilling shelf pins. I would love to be able to replace my Bosch with the Makita.

  309. Tyler

    Yes please and thank you. Would be great for the garage shop.

    @tylerols14

  310. Sam

    This might be my favorite router i have ever seen with the swappable base!
    Our business is moving into a new city storefront location and will need the best cordless tools with dust control that we can find, and i think we have found. We hope to get our hands on one!!

  311. This is exactly the router I’ve been looking for. This would make all my projects so much better

  312. Kyle Nield

    Great review!

  313. Brian Fetzner

    Looks amazing! Would love to have one!

    @fetzner on instagram

  314. Johny

    Hola qué pasó toolpig. I have the corded version and that I purchased on that inertnet website offer up. I’m always afraid I might get he cord wrapped around the router bit. I always hated English class more into math. Read half the review and gave up.

    #mytoolpigshirtshrunk

    @johny_rocket_construction

  315. Awesome tool. This will be a great addition to my makita arsenal!!
    @kta_remodeling

  316. Bob Hunt

    Nice review on an awesome little router. Makita is killing it in cordless

    ig @rjh71

  317. Josh

    I have the corded version of this router combo and it is fantastic. I am getting the makita track saw soon and it the cordless router would be a great companion to it.
    Ig baldybarton

  318. Mark Richardson

    Great review! It looks like a great router with a lot of options for accessories to help with my projects.

    IG @manprojects

  319. Cory Donahey

    My wife and I are building head boards out of truck flooring for several members of our family for Christmas presents. We are currently using a beat-up Porter Cable router. It has done us well over the years but it’s time for a new one. It would be amazing if we won this router. Live the button layout and fresh new guide!

  320. I love my old corded makita router (and I do mean old!) and would love to make a transition to this awesome 18V! Hope @sunnyd1367 can get some IG giveaway love for this as I could really use it in a current job! Awesome review @toolpig as always 💪🏼

  321. Alan Muncey

    I asked Makita a few years ago to get on making this tool. I’m super pumped they did. I would love to use this thing for machining passage doors on site.
    @thepeicarpenter

  322. Want this kit so bad

  323. Great review on the features of this fantastic little router. This would be great for edging table and cabinet tops!!

  324. So cool. Nice little tool

    @mas_lawns

  325. Kevin Lavigne

    This would handle 90% of my routing needs and would go a long way in lightening the load on the single outlet I have in my shop!
    @kevin_lavigne1

  326. Great in-depth review! I would love to add this very useful and versatile tool to my shop. Maybe one day…

    @Hiramwoodworking on Instagram

  327. kyle nelson

    The dust collection and plunge base really seem to set this apart, thanks for the great info. @klnelson66

  328. Robert Rauf

    I have been waiting for this to come out after hearing about it – I LOVE my brushless Drill and impact- this would be a great addition to the collection and will make quick jobs even faster w/o worrying about cords. @RobRauf

  329. What an awesome tool! Makita has been killing it with their brushless game! This kit would be a gateway drug to greatness! I own the track saw & see the rail system works with the router! So awesome!

  330. Kyle

    Thanks for the review! @fairhurstwoodworks

  331. Harold R. Ibarra

    Thanks for the great detail on the review. I like that you can adapt it for track use in addition to the other features. Cutting slots in work bench tops for clamps seems like a great application for that. I am looking into routers, so this one will get heavy consideration for being cordless.

    IG: @trom120

  332. Aj

    Great stuff. I have been considering buying this for a while. No cord means I can set this up in half the time. @aej.benson

  333. Marcus79

    Cracking bit of kit, with many accessories. Always wanted to get my hands on one of these!! 👍🏻

  334. Jared Cianciolo

    This thing is awesome. I can think of some many uses, especially with the straight edge guide. How do you feel it compares to the Ridgid? @jtcianciolo

  335. Tyler Blair

    Excellent review. This would be a great addition to my shop! A lot more versatile than my current routers!

    IG: @captaintylerblair

  336. Chris biba

    What a great tool. Currently we are remodeling our house top to bottom using a generator. This would be so handy. I am looking into getting a cordless Makita track saw. I love that you can adapt the router to use the track.
    @bibanator3000

  337. Larry Swindall

    Awesome !

  338. Would make a great asset to my allready growing makita cordless kit 👌🏼👍🏼 Really nice bit of kit ! Keep up the great work

  339. Eric

    I like they got rid of the plastic on the cordless fine adjustment and the dust collection 👌 Dust bag potential????
    E.bower@windowslive.com

  340. Austin Werrmann

    Great review. I have heard nothing but good things about them
    Ig- @tools_at_work

  341. Great article. The addition of the tracksaw adapter makes this tool even more valuable to have around.

  342. Frank snellman

    This would be nice to have for all kinds of projekts that i have. Very impressed how powerful it is.

  343. Joe

    Tremendous! I want this for a 25 door project I have coming up. Plan to make a jig for the hinge! (tip I learned on Instagram)

    @sag.rav

  344. Jake

    I’d love to use this in my shop! @jakefabish

  345. I just got one when one of my trusty Colts died, I love it and my employees love it too. When the other colts die I’m replacing them with these. So nice to not have cords cluttering up the bench.

  346. Oliver.lippa

    Good review!

    I think this tool is necessery in a woodworker device list!

    Amazing makita construction 🙂

    Oliver

  347. Nathan

    Awesome versatility in such a small package. Could take my small production projects to the next level without killing my sander.

  348. Matt c

    You really make a solid case for me to try makuta again.
    @denalielectric

  349. Elliott Robbins

    Looks awesome, I have one that makita is letting me borrow but it haven’t had a chance to try it out first.

    @robbinsrenovation

  350. @72ryno

    Love it!!!!!

  351. Matiss

    Pretty detailed review, router is one of my favorite tool as well, although i have pretty old one, but he does the job. Every tool have its pros and cons, but you have managed to know it all, i think you are very in to this model :D. I dont know, im not convinced enough of cordless routers, trimers, saws etc, but mybe I have to give a tought.

  352. Brett Schulz

    I’ve been lusting after this router for so long now. Looks amazing. Makita is be killing it with their 18v LXT line. @maac_n_cheese

  353. @lanierlawncare. You do awesome reviews. Anytime I want to know something it’s just about guaranteed your the man to go to.

  354. Daniel

    Love it 😍

    @power7renovations

  355. Jason Cribbs

    I think the router itself is great but what makes this tool special is the variety of accessories available for it. Smart thinking by Makita. IG name: @jaybirdandhawk

  356. Brad Shaw

    I’ve never used one of these. But I can certainly tell you, I’d like to!!
    This would be so helpful during installs. Routering out sink templates in the top of the cabinets.
    @nighthawkvalleyinteriors

  357. Joshua Day

    Game changer. Brass inlays would be everywhere throughout my furniture.

  358. Kevin Rizzo

    This thing sure looks awesome, have all makita tools just haven’t been able to get my hands on this setup. Would make life a lot easier!!

    Instagram: kriz1919

  359. Zach

    Awesome and thorough review! Any sense for the run time if you’re running say a 1/4” round over? And I look forward to winning it ! Instagram – smith_woodworking

  360. Silas Jepp

    Such a nice tool and I’m just looking for a router! And a would say a big advantage is that it’s cordless..i mean it’s sometimes so annoying when you work with a router and the cable got cought somewhere and you can’t continue. I would be nice if I win this set!
    silas_vj on Instagram from Germany

  361. Beautiful tool, love to add this to my collection of cordless Makita sets.

  362. Tommy Shaw

    Looks great! This would make life so much simpler with no cord. I bet track accessory cuts the time in half
    Tom3shaw3 instagram

  363. This is very near the top of the list for me. I have used Makita routers for years and still use several pretty old ones. They just keep rocking, like all my Makita gear. Now a plenty powerful cordless router that is smoother than many corded competitors =NO BRAINER. Can’t wait to use one maybe I’ll win one soon! Great review as always. Cheers, Josh from Brackett & Co Restorations

  364. Ken warywoda

    I think judging by handling it in stores And from seeing Instagram users like yourself it’s a solid router And only improved by it being cordless. More versatile the tool is the better. Thanks for the reviews so buyers know what they’re in for before purchasing tools!

    IG – Steelcitylegend

  365. This would be perfect for #azek stringers on my decks.
    IG, sd_cookman_remodeling

  366. Jon Luke Cave

    Very comprehensive review. Would love to have this router in my shop.

  367. Jaron Taylor

    I wood love this router so much, I hate when my cords trip me up and get caught on my work bench

  368. Mason

    Whoa that thing is awesome great review
    @mightydiggers

  369. Kyle Clayton

    A colleague bought one of these and it’s an awesome bit of kit. The plunge base makes it near enough identical to the 110v one in terms of weight and balance!
    Insta; kyleclayt

  370. timothy wilber

    Makitas cordless line is starting to really make a name for itself. Fantastic quality tools we have grown to love, with the versatility of cordless.

  371. This looks great. I could really use this for the built-ins and my new business

  372. Awesome. You should list part numbers for track adapters,dust shroud etc
    Thanks

    • Thanks! I will add them in

      • Zach miller

        Such a game changer this router is. I’m loving this generation as far as cordless tool production and pushing the battery performance. This router would be very helpful on my work sites.

  373. Austin werrmann

    This is on the list of things to get.

  374. Interesting… didn’t know Makita had a stick battery router a long time ago.

  375. Dan Wiechman

    I don’t think I’ll ever buy a corded tool again.

    Wiechmand

  376. Jarod moreau

    I have been using this router this past week to cut a ship lap joint on some pvc on a lift. No power so it makes it easy. This makita is one bad ass tool. Great article!

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