|Item Weight||11.1 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||10 x 9.2 x 8.4 inches|
|California residents||Click here for Proposition 65 warning|
|Item model number||5615-20|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
|Warranty Description||Every MILWAUKEE product is warranted to be free from defects in material and workmanship. MILWAUKEE will repair or replace any product which examination proves to be defective in material and workmanship.|
|National Stock Number||5130-01-397-9516|
Milwaukee 5615-20 1-3/4-Horsepower BodyGrip Router
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- The product is easy to use
- The product is durable
- The product is manufactured in China
- 1-3/4 hp router with Milwaukee's BodyGrip design
- Tactile handgrip designed into the base of the router; fast, accurate linear depth adjustment system
- Comfortable over-molded rubber grip; patented above-the-table depth adjustment mechanism
- Includes two 1-1/8-inch collet wrenches, 1/4-inch collet, 1/2-inch collet, and a carrying case with integral Router Station
- Tool weighs 8.8 pounds; limited manufacturer's warranty
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From the Manufacturer
Get the "upper hand" with Milwaukee's new BodyGrip routers! Introducing the new BodyGrip Routers, featuring the industry's first tactile handgrip designed into the base of the router, a fast, accurate linear depth adjustment system, a patented above-the-table depth adjustment mechanism, and a carrying case with integral RouterStation.
Featuring a 1-3/4 max HP (11 Amp, 24,000 RPM) Milwaukee motor, these powerful and precise new routers give you the upper hand in all but the heaviest of cuts. The BodyGrip design is a comfortable, over-molded rubber grip, wrapped around the base with an adjustable handstrap that allows for left and right-handed operation, and 2 over-molded palm-grip side handles for superior comfort, maneuverability and control.
The exclusive linear depth adjustment features a large steel motor lock lever and depth adjustment gearing via a durable threaded screw integral to the motor itself. Both coarse and microfine adjustments are fast and accurate. The router sub-base includes a special access hole for a common 3/8-inch hex extension wrench for above-the-table depth adjustments ideal for router table applications and eliminating the nuisance of reaching beneath table to set the cutter (or bit) height. This revolutionary system simplifies this once tedious process required with other designs, and ensures that the switch and cord remain in the same optimal location.
The 5615-20 includes the BodyGrip Router, 2 1-1/8-inch collet wrenches, 1/4-inch collet, 1/2-inch collet, and operator's manual.
- Exclusive BodyGrip design
- 1-3/4 Max HP, 11-amp, 24,000-rpm Milwaukee motor
- Exclusive linear depth adjustment system
- 1/4-inch and 1/2-inch premium self-releasing collets
Top Customer Reviews
1. This is the only mid-sized router I could find that is designed to be controllable with one hand, with quick access to the off/on switch using your right thumb. (If you hold the router in your left hand, the switch won't be in the right place for your thumb.) This is important to me, because when routing dovetails, I hold a vacuum hose in my left hand, and the router in my right hand, so a two-hands-needed router won't work.
2. Router bits stay in the precise center of the base, even when bit depth is adjusted. This may sound pretty basic, but this is the only (non-plunge) router I could find where this was true. E.g., in ALL of the units I looked at where height adjusts via the motor assembly screwing into the base, the router bit shaft is hardly ever in the very center after you tighten the motor housing clamp. While this may not be critical for most router applications, it is whenever using template guides. E.g., to make dovetail joints or use door hinge templates.
3. Router is relatively light and easy to handle.
4. Model 5615-21 comes with a well-designed case and a clever built-in removable router base (click on customer photos above). There is no need to remove the bit from the router - as it is protected from damage while sitting right side up on the base, either with the base in the case, or with the base removed from the case. The case provides outstanding tool protection and has extra space around the tool for storage. Model 5615-20 is JUST the router - no case and no router base. (The Milwaukee 48-55-5615 BodyGrip® Router Carrying Case can be purchased separately from Amazon.)
Soft-start was not important, although that would have been a nice plus. In fact, fast stopping of the bit would have been even more useful - i.e., I wish it didn't take several seconds for the bit to stop after switching the tool to off.
I bought this router primarily to use with a Leigh 24" dovetail jig, although it's used for other purposes. It hasn't been used enough to testify to its longevity, but so far, it's just what the doctor ordered. The micro-adjusting screw is perfect for doing dovetails or door hinge routing, where you're typically moving the bit in or out, but 1/100" at a time. As with any well-designed router, you can set it upside down, because nothing sticks out.
Owning 5 routers of various types, I can assure you that there is no "perfect" router for all purposes. For example, I use a 3 hp plunge unit in a large router table - it's soft-start and variable speed, with plenty of power for those super-large panel door cutters, and bit changing needs but ONE wrench from the table top - because the tool's drive shaft can be locked. This Milwaukee unit needs TWO wrenches (included) to change bits; and while it's amazingly simple to insert or remove bits with the router sitting on a bench, that wouldn't necessarily be so if it was under a [router] table. Besides, it would be underpowered and too high-speed (for large bits).
The reviewer whose unit vibrated too much might have had a defective router or an unbalanced bit. Set the router upside down on a bench (with no bit), turn it on and let go. It should just hum and not vibrate at all. If it runs smooth as silk, as it should, try it with various bits - if it then vibrates, the bit is unbalanced.
Since through dovetails need two routers to be set up (for productivity), I'm thinking of buying another one of these...
When it comes to control these two routers give the feeling of complete control over what you are doing. The startup is smooth and the power is above average.
I would recommend both of these routers highly.
Well done Milwaukee...
Although the bit height can be adjusted from the top of the table, similar to commercially available add-on router elevating devices sold by Jessum, I have found it simple enough to adjust from the bottom.
If variable speed is desired, this non 'soft-start' motor's speed can be controlled by using a seperate speed control, which is adequate for my purposes.
Typical of Milwaukee tools, which are made in the U. S., the material and workmanship of this tool is of high quality.
A nice enhancement for this tool would be a "Quick Change" tool holding attachment, similar to the Porter Cable adapter. Should this type of adapter ever become available, I would be the first to purchase it.