Routers are woodworking tools designed to hollow out materials, make joints, create sharp grooves and produce different edge profiles. They are well-suited to making decorative surface cuts and producing duplicates from a pattern. While they are most frequently used in woodworking, they can also rout and trim metal, plastic and laminate.
What Is a Hand Router?
Handheld routers can do much more than hollow out wood. These precise tools can create patterns for doors, chair rails, windows, bannisters and baseboards. They also come in handy when squaring or levelling wooden surfaces.
What Are the Different Types of Routing Tools?
There are two main types of hand routers: plunge and fixed. The main difference between them is the position of the cutter. Plunge routers allow controlled vertical movement during cutting, ideal for precision tasks such as fluting, edge profiling, engraving and grooving. Fixed base routers are good all-rounders and offer a stable foundation for jobs that need a steady hand. Toolstation stocks a high-quality selection of hand routers from leading brands like Hikoki, Makita, DeWalt, Draper and Triton.