Draper Expert 1300W 230V Router – Tool Business + Hire Review


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Tool Business and Hire Magazine published an independent product review written by Peter Brett on our “Expert 1300W 230V Router (53113)“. The review highlights pros of the router including its variable speeds, versatility & ‘optional’ fixed base.

” … Routers have become “must have” tools for pretty well most woodworkers – professional or amateur.Like most pieces of kit, the more you can afford the better, and this kit from the Draper Expert Range seems to be pretty comprehensive – enough for many woodworkers to stretch their routing capabilities if required.

Accurate routing is an absolute requirement for router users and the base of this kit reflects this. Made almost entirely from cast alloy it feels light and strong. The plunge mechanism is protected from dust by gaiters and there is a three-stop depth turret and a depth stop pin with micro adjuster to help get the exact depth of cut required. The depth of plunge is held firmly by a sprung lever adjacent to the right hand side handle and this works positively without having to apply excess pressure on it.

The motor unit is pretty well thought out too. Machining of the alloy parts of the housing is smooth and accurate, meaning that it will fit smoothly and snugly into the base.

On the left hand side of the motor unit is a sealed toggle switch. This is protected from accidental starting by a three-sided ledge arrangement around it. On the top of the motor there is a yellow dial to set speeds for the motor – a range of 12000 to an impressive 25000 rpm. Another good safety feature is the power-on indicator next to the cable inlet to the motor.

Near the collet there is a simple and effective spindle lock system as well as a very effective three LED worklight that comes on automatically when the router is switched on.

The operator is encouraged to make use of the other features, and to attach fences and other bits as they are pretty simple – neither fiddly or a hassle to use. For example, the guide bushes are attached by pushing them through the transparent plastic base and then tightening a nut on the top. The plastic base is adjustable so that the cutters can be centred using the centering pin provided


Aimed at competent DIYers and professionals.
Pros:- with optional fixed base and LED lights and variable speeds this router is very versatile.

Read the full review at: http://www.toolbusiness.co.uk/Reviews/Draper-Expert-Router-A-Comprehensive-Routing-Kit