Metabo HPT, which recently announced the industry’s first full-size cordless router, has also just come out with a new 18V cordless trim router, M1808DAQ4.
The new Metabo HPT cordless trim router is said to offer the most control in its class and is a full 26% lighter than the competition (which is listed in the fine print as Dewalt’s DCW600B).
The new trim router is compatible with Metabo HPT’s MultiVolt batteries, as well as their 18V batteries, which means you can choose between longer runtime or lighter weight.
It features a variable speed dial that can adjust between 10,000 and 30,000 RPM.
Features and Specifications
- Brushless motor w/ soft-start and brake
- Powered by 18V or MultiVolt batteries
- 1/4″ and 3/8″ collets
- Variable speed dial
- 10K – 30K RPM
- One-handed power/trigger system
- Ambidextrous base mounting option
- LED worklight
- Weighs 2.5 lbs without battery
The bare tool comes with both collets, a trimmer guide, straight guide, template, dust collection port, and collet wrench.
Having a test sample in-hand, the new HPT router does indeed have a lighter feel compared to competing models. I’m not quite sure how control can be measured, but this new trim router is easy to maneuver.
Next to the speed dial is an on/off button, with a larger trigger button within comfortable reach of my finger. The router ramps up to speed with a soft-start, and stops on a dime with a second press of the trigger switch button.
Price: $149 for the bare tool
I have a lot more testing to do, but so far I’ve been pleased with the design of Metabo HPT’s first brushless trim router. It looks like this is also their first trim router, period, which released them from having to adhere to existing base or accessory form factors.
One thing that surprised me is that the router comes with a laminate trimmer roller guide type of attachment, which is usually a separate accessory that other brands sell for ~$25-30.
I don’t typically pair cordless routers with compact batteries, but this one works well with Metabo HPT’s compact batteries – I’ve used their 3.0Ah so far.
Do you have any questions while I work on the full review?