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I’m looking at having a couple dedicated palm routers for round over work. 1/16” and 1/4”. I use them quite a lot and want to have dedicated ones with zero tolerance bases. Has anybody used the new cordless routers for these small load operations? I have the Milwaukee cordless system. I wrote them and they answered they have no plans on coming out with a cordless router. Probably the only tool they haven’t made cordless. Don’t really want to invest in a new battery system, but I’m still interested in their performance. Not expecting them to be power horses, but just used for round over work maybe they’re good.
 

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I've had somewhat the same thoughts. However, I haven't bought a cordless router because:
1. Unlike my cordless drills, I only use routers in the shop.
2. Like you, I would have to buy a whole battery system.
3. Batteries die. They last longer than they used to, but eventually, they die. I've thrown away 5 cordless drills because the batteries wouldn't take a charge anymore and a new kit cost only a little more than replacement batteries.

Something else to think about . . . suppose you had several tools that all use the same battery pack. When the batteries go, you have more tools to buy new.

I'd like to have a cordless router, I just can't get past the price of convenience. Maybe if I was making some money at it . . . .
 

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Like Andy said. The only battery powered tools I have are the remotes for my TV and air conditioning. I don't use power tools outside the shop, and can't justify the expense and hassle of battery powered tools. I pick up a tool, pull the trigger, and as long as it is plugged in it works, no batteries to charge, no batteries to buy. And the initial expense of corded tools is much lower. Both my sons have cordless tools, but they also both work on job sites where there is often no power, so battery tools are a must for them. For me, no cordless tools works just fine. I think I've got 4 drills, the oldest was bought in 1975/76, and still works. The others were all given to me, and all work. I may buy a cordless saw sometime in the future tho. The reason is, I believe I have found a source for free plywood, from sheets that were CNC routed, with large portions of the sheets not cut. I would have to load them myself, and anymore that is a real hassle doing something like the, hence the saw. I can cut the sheets apart and load the pieces easily enough. And the pieces will be big enough I can make a lot of my own stuff from them.

But, your money, you want cordless, go cordless.
 
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I have the whole setup of the Craftsman C3 series including Drill, Hammer-Drill, 2 1/2" Planer, 5" & 7 1/4" Skill Saw, Jig Saw, Saws-all, 1/2" impact wrench, Router and Florescent light. The only problem I've had was NiCad Battery's they are crap and don't last. Once I replaced the battery's with Lithium/Ion they are great. I built a shed using saws drill Router and the XCP and small battery lasted all day. The Router only has a 1/4" chuck but works for round overs and hinge mortising great. I bought my son a starter set and the drill is not as heavy duty or nice as mine. Overall I love the convenience of not dragging a cord everywhere.
 

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Michael don't pay to much attention to what that person said about not coming out with a cordless router. I am not saying they lied but they could bring one out next week and most employees would not know about it.
 

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Hello!

Cordless means battery , short lives,
Max is 1000 cycles , usual is around 500 cycles ,
very expensive to replace.

Hello Michael !
Rounding over with cordless, Ok.
And what about dust extraction, that’s not a cord but big pipe.
Some extraction systems use a pipe plus electric cable
that is suspended to an arm , above the working place.

Hello JOAT:

To Use around a car, or van: an inverter, gasoline operated:
https://www.homedepot.com/p/Ryobi-B...gital-Inverter-Generator-RYI2300BTA/300347426

Big choice, some cheaper ones:
https://www.homedepot.com/b/Outdoor...t-Generators-Inverter-Generators/N-5yc1vZcbpx

A 400w circular saw is big enough for panel cutting.
(Milwaukee got beautiful little saws.)

Regards.
Regards
 

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If I ever get to the point where I need a portable generator I'll just make one. No, Harbor Freight has a cordless sabre saw cheap, it will do for what I would want it for. And that would be cutting thru the small parts of sheets like this, to make small portions I can easily lift into my truck.
 

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@MGildersleeve, I fully understand the usefulness of a cordless trim router; I am looking into getting one myself. For the naysayers, one additional use for such a tool is mortising a door frame. Everything said about the batteries, dust extraction, etc. is true and are good points.
For a while the Router Workshop (a no longer shown but available online with a subscription, and the inspiration or whatever for this RouterForums https://www.routerworkshop.com/watch-online.html) used a cordless router but I do not remember either the brand or season(s). That router may have been a more powerful but i cannot find anything currently available other than trim routers. Amazon has several brands https://www.amazon.com/s/?ie=UTF8&keywords=cordless+router+tool&tag=mh0b-20&index=aps&hvadid=78065367672138&hvqmt=b&hvbmt=bb&hvdev=c&ref=pd_sl_8sjyce9s4u_b.

FYI I strongly suggest avoiding NiCad battery systems because of the toxicity of Cadmium after disposal of the battery; Lithoum Ion batteries seem to be the best choice at the present time
 

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Hello JOAT !

It happened to me to buy long steel bars that would not fit a van.
I just asked "how if i plug my grinder here ?"
"Yep, no problem!"
So all I needed was to bring my tools and a line extension.

Regards.
Gérard.
 

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Thanks, guys. I know about tools. I know about batteries. I do appreciate the explainations, though. I am trying to see if anybody here has actually used any of these these cordless routers, and their thoughts on their performance. I like the Makita from what I saw. I just doubt I’ll be inspired to invest in a new battery system for one tool. Especially the higher amp hour batteries I’m sure will be desired for a router. These batteries cost more than the router. And chargers aren’t free. Round overs are a light load, though. I’m an employed professional, and the use would be frequent. But, I’m not a tool addict and don’t want to buy every tool in existence. I’m just looking for reviews from people other than randoms on Amazon. Everybody has given good advice, though. So, thank you.
 

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Hah. Don't know why I didn't think of this before. Don' need no steenkin' battery powered tools. Just round me up one of these, or possibly make my own. https://www.farmshow.com/a_article.php?aid=26032 That or a small chainsaw. I'm leaning toward a chainsaw, as they are a precision tool for Tiki carving, and so much more. Give me gas.
 
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Investment in battery platform comes first.

20 years ago I started with Dewalt and then moved to Milwaukee both great tools. I did have some issues with the Milwaukee batteries staying connected to the tools. That is why I have switched to Makita. i have had many Makita corded tools and then took a close look at the Makita 18 volt Lithium ion battery platform. Makita batteries are rated very high in durability. I sold the used Festool track saw that my guys used for 7 years and I purchased the new 36 volt (2- 18 volt) track saw. I purchased a drill and impact driver for my son for Xmas and got the Makita router and 4" grinder "free". I watch Craigslist for batteries and chargers, so I have a few spares.
I use that cordless router for round overs only at this point. I keep a 1/4" round over bit and whenever I need to round something over, its ready to go. I love it. I am beginning to believe in owning several routers with each sorta dedicated to specific task.

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I am trying to see if anybody here has actually used any of these these cordless routers, and their thoughts on their performance. I like the Makita from what I saw. I just doubt I’ll be inspired to invest in a new battery system for one tool.
I bought the Makita DRT50 cordless 18 volt trimmer late last year, partly because I've been using the RT0700C trim router kit for a while and I already had all the bases, fences, etc that I would need and partly because my cordless tool kit is Makita 18 volt Li-Ion. The cordless trimmer certainly has as much power as the corded version, but as you rightly suspected it does require the larger batteries (I've standardised on 5Ah batteries) and battery life isn't great (although TBH I've yet to flatten a battery whilst using it) - but it it is sufficient to allow me to do the hinge recesses on a couple of hardwood doors or to round-over (1/8in radius to 1/4in radius) a few metres (yards) of MDF or softwood skirting (baseboard) as required. I don't see it as a replacement for the corded tool, but rather as a tool which can be used where there is no power supply and a small job needs to be done. As you may have gathered I'm a professional woodworker.
 
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