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Offline DB10

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Cordless Brushless Router
« on: March 09, 2017, 09:01 AM »


Just noticed that Makita have announced that they are releasing a Cordless Trimmer Router that will be available this June in Australia. The 18v DRT50Z seems to be a cordless version of the popular RTO700C. Apparently all the accessories of the corded version will fit the new cordless model.
 My thoughts are, that if you already own 18v Makita batteries and your often out on job sites then this cordless trimmer could be very useful for numerous tasks.

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Offline mrB

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Re: Cordless Brushless Router
« Reply #1 on: March 09, 2017, 12:56 PM »
Wowza! Makita just keep going with their 18v range don't they...

Can't imagine you'd get much runtime from a battery... How big (ah) are makitas biggest batteries these days?
Then again i imagined the 18v Sander would also suffer this... But exist it does...
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Offline bobfog

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Re: Cordless Brushless Router
« Reply #2 on: March 09, 2017, 01:12 PM »
Looks interesting, providing it's used for trim work as such a router is intended I imagine the battery life would be quite useful.

Offline Mort

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Re: Cordless Brushless Router
« Reply #3 on: March 09, 2017, 04:29 PM »
Now show me Milwaukee with a 9.0aH battery on top and I'm sold...
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Offline Bob D.

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Re: Cordless Brushless Router
« Reply #4 on: March 09, 2017, 04:31 PM »
I believe the RIDGID cordless router has been out for some time now.
Don't know if it's brushless or not but I think so.

They all look top heavy and with such a small base they look like
they would have a high COG.

Maybe someone who has used one could elaborate on this.
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Offline BBuild

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Re: Cordless Brushless Router
« Reply #5 on: March 09, 2017, 05:08 PM »
Wowza! Makita just keep going with their 18v range don't they...

Can't imagine you'd get much runtime from a battery... How big (ah) are makitas biggest batteries these days?
Then again i imagined the 18v Sander would also suffer this... But exist it does...

Makita has 6.0ah batteries but I haven't seen any for sale in the US yet. I do have quite a few of their 5.0's.

I will most likely pick up this router whenever it hits stateside. I'm guessing it'll sell around $200 bare tool.
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Offline Kev

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Re: Cordless Brushless Router
« Reply #6 on: May 25, 2017, 04:58 AM »
@DB10

Just saw this promoted for $249 skin only ... ARGHHH!!! I don't have anything cordless in Makita [crying]

Offline Harry1561

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Re: Cordless Brushless Router
« Reply #7 on: May 25, 2017, 05:27 AM »
Makita know how to go cordless, I'll be adding this skin to the collection   8)

Offline Kev

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Re: Cordless Brushless Router
« Reply #8 on: May 25, 2017, 07:30 AM »
Please let us know if it feels top heavy or unbalanced in use.

Offline Doug S

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Re: Cordless Brushless Router
« Reply #9 on: May 25, 2017, 09:30 AM »
They also have a cordless track saw coming out.


Offline Harry1561

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Re: Cordless Brushless Router
« Reply #10 on: May 25, 2017, 03:59 PM »
Please let us know if it feels top heavy or unbalanced in use.
I'm hoping it can be used with a 3ah battery to keep the weight down

Offline Bob D.

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Re: Cordless Brushless Router
« Reply #11 on: May 25, 2017, 09:49 PM »
They also have a cordless track saw coming out.


I like the cordless dust collector and the way you can lock the saw in the track when making a bevel cut.
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Offline DB10

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Re: Cordless Brushless Router
« Reply #12 on: May 26, 2017, 07:53 PM »
@DB10

Just saw this promoted for $249 skin only ... ARGHHH!!! I don't have anything cordless in Makita [crying]

@Kev  Makita is making a bit of a resurgence in the DB10 workshop having just recently replaced all my old worn out 3ah Makita batteries for new 5ah's. Hope to add the cordless router very soon.

Offline DB10

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Re: Cordless Brushless Router
« Reply #13 on: July 19, 2017, 11:16 PM »
Please let us know if it feels top heavy or unbalanced in use.
I'm hoping it can be used with a 3ah battery to keep the weight down

 Thought I would give a quick update on the cordless Makita router / trimmer that came out here in Australia a couple of months ago.  I got round to ordering one last week and this week managed to spend some time with the tool and my first impressions of the router was, it's the same great quality as the corded version and all the corded accessories that I have, plunge base, trimmer guide & micro adjust straight guide fit the cordless model and work just as well as they do on the corded model.

Power from the brushless motor is on par with the corded version, softish start with 5 speed settings on the cordless model as opposed to six speed settings on the corded version. I could not detect any less power with the cordless model. I was using an 5ah battery which weighs about the same as a Makita 3ah battery. The machine did not feel top heavy with the battery on top and most of the time I forgot the battery was there.

There are some really nice features on this router, one of them is the safety device / lock so the machine can't be switched on by accident. Because of the ergonomics of the machine it is easier to add the accessories with the machine upside down and with the battery attached to keep the router stable whilst setting it up.
 My favourite feature is the two bright Led lights that come on once the safety lock has been released, no LED's on the older corded version so that's a bonus with the cordless model. It comes with a dust nozzle so it can be hooked up to an extractor although as I was working outside I did not try this.
 So far I am very pleased with this trimmer and expect it will be my go to tool for all my small and light routing jobs in the future.

Offline Bob D.

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Re: Cordless Brushless Router
« Reply #14 on: July 20, 2017, 03:28 PM »
That makes for a nice setup with the plunge base, edge guide, and cordless power.
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Offline Kev

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Re: Cordless Brushless Router
« Reply #15 on: July 20, 2017, 08:19 PM »
@DB10

Hmmm ... very interesting. I can't bring myself to invest in "just one" Makita cordless tool. What else do you have in the Makita cordless arsenal that makes it compelling?

Instead of trying to stick with one brand for cordless .. we may as well try and complete the rainbow [big grin]

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Offline Untidy Shop

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Re: Cordless Brushless Router
« Reply #16 on: July 22, 2017, 07:10 AM »


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Can't imagine you'd get much runtime from a battery... How big (ah) are makitas biggest batteries these days?
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In Aus, 6amps, which should be fine!

However personally I would use it with the 3amp batts, even the 1.5 amp as their less bulk would maintain a good balance. Sure you need to recharge more often, but the higher the amperage the more top heavy this router would become.

Remember amperage is storage, not power. It's still delivering 18V with any battery.
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