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Routers for woodworking

A router gives the woodworker a lot of room for his creativity and freedom of design in woodworking. It is guided on the workpiece by hand. or mounted into a router table. With a router wood joints, groove and tenon joints, as well as dovetail and tine joints are all made easily. The router is also used for edge trimming, engraving, flush routing and flattening of large workpieces.

Unlike most other power tools for woodworking (such as the drill or the various electric saws), the router is not the simple conversion of a time-honoured hand tool into an electrically powered version. Like its big relative, the bench router, it takes on many jobs that were once done with various planes - it cuts grooves, rebates, profiles. But it is not limited to these tasks. Rather, its most outstanding feature is its enormous versatility, which also distinguishes it advantageously from the bench router. Hand-

For whom are routers suitable?

All our routers are designed for professional use and are intended for carpenters, joiners, joiners, as well as ambitious craftsmen, who make furniture making or carpentry their hobby and whose demands exceed the usual hardware store level. Ore selection of routers has been put together by our experts to represent the best and highest quality routers available with prices and features to suit everyone.

Which accessories do I need for my router?

We carry a wide range of router bits and accessories, such as guide bushesrouter templates or collets. We can offer spare parts for almost every device. We pay great attention to the compatibility of the routers with the accessories.

What brands and manufacturers of routers are there?

There are a large number of well-known manufacturers for routers. With us you will find a large selection of the best known brands. Here the different brands in comparison:

Festool routers are among the best and most sophisticated machines on the market today. A wide range of accessories rounds off the Festool product range.

The Mafell router is a powerful  machine and especially popular with carpenters. The LO 65 Ec works absolutely precise, despite its power and weight.

DeWALT routers perform similarly well and are reminiscent of the old ELU devices.

TREND routers are compatible with almost all accessories and are absolutely professionally manufactured. TREND is the leading brand in England for wood milling technology.

The PERLES routers are characterized by an excellent price/performance ratio, professional quality and high precision at a relatively moderate price. Perles routers are compatible with TREND accessories.

TRITON routers are regarded as robust devices in the medium price segment and are very popular with our customers, as they are suitable for table use as well as for hands-free operation.

Frequently Asked Questions are answered at the bottom of this page.


Die Normänderung für stationäre Oberfräsen

Seit dem 21.12.2021 gibt es am Markt für handgeführte Oberfräsen eine neue Regelung. Diese Normänderung besagt, dass handgeführte Fräsen nur noch mit Wiederanlaufschutz produziert werden dürfen. Beim Selbstbau eines Frästisches stehen Ihnen in Zukunft diese drei Optionen zur Verfügung:

  • Kauf einer "alten" Oberfräse, ohne Wiederanlaufsschutz - solange Bestand verfügbar
  • Kauf einer Frästischkombination: Fräsmotor und Oberfräsenlift - Fräsmotoren sind nicht von der Norm betroffen
  • Kauf einer normkonformen Oberfräse, z.B. Trend T12/T14, Perles OF9E, Festool OF1010, OF1400, OF2200 oder Mafell LO 65 Ec

Weitere Fragen zur Normänderung beantworten wir Ihnen in unseren FAQs.

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Powerful router with 2,300 W for bench use
Speed 8,000 - 20,000 rpm | incl. 12 mm collet chuck | switch for table use

€765.30 * €499.00 *

Delivery time 1 - 2 days **

Trend T8EK Router

Whether table operation or manual, the height is set quickly!
Collets-Ø 8 & 12 mm | Height adjustment through the table | 2,200 W

€425.28 *

Restocking soon

Trend T8EK with sauter insert plate ELP1.0

Powerful motor with height adjustment through the table
Collets Ø 8 & 12 mm | Pre-drilled insert plate 

€526.78 *

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Trend T8EK with sauter insert plate ELP1.0

Powerful motor with height adjustment through the table | Collets Ø 8 & 12 mm | Pre-drilled insert plate

€547.08 *

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Trend CRT-MK3 router table with T8EK Router

Compact router table with powerful motor
Collet 8 & 12 mm | Fully compatible | Height adjustment from above

€760.23 *

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Trend WRT router table with T8EK Router

Router table with powerful motor at standing height
Collet 8 & 12 mm | Fully compatible | Height adjustment from above

€942.93 *

Restocking soon

€209.29 *

Delivery time 5 Workdays

Side stop SA-MFK 700

SA-MFK 700 Side stop

€91.02 *

Delivery time 5 Workdays

Bosch Plunge Base TE 600
Compatable with Bosch GKF 600
€121.80 *

Delivery from 01.03.2024

Bosch router POF 1400 ACE

Power 1400 W - Hobby DIY
incl. collet chuck 6, 8 mm & 1/4" and rip fence
in the suitcase

€178.31 *

Delivery time 1 - 2 days **

Makita Aluminium Groove Cutter

For creating grooves in aluminium and composites
Power 1.300 Watt | milling depth 11 mm | variable speed 2.200 - 6.400 rpm
Delivery in MAKPAC size 4

€588.09 *

Delivery time 1 - 2 days **

MAFELL Groove Cutter NFU 50

Flexible all-rounder for the most diverse milling operations in timber construction
Versatile | Powerful | Precise

€2,604.91 *

Delivery time 1 - 2 days **

Trend Collet 12 mm

For Trend T7 & T8

€16.81 *

Delivery time 1 - 2 days **

Expanding groove cutter Ø 163 x 22 - 40 mm

For Mafell NFU 50 | with adjustable blade | 22 - 40 mm

€834.19 *

Delivery time 1 - 2 days **

Trend T4EK

Router T4EK-EURO with 850W
light electronic router for hobby craftsmen

€166.24 *

Delivery time 1 - 2 days **

Triton TRA001 incl 3 different collets

Router Triton TRA001 (2400 W)
incl. collets 8mm, 12mm and 1/2"

€409.00 *

Delivery time 1 - 2 days **

Router motor Suhner UAC 30 RF

Built-in motor with 500 Watt - industrial quality
electr. adjustable 3.500 - 30.000 rpm | with clamping neck Ø43 mm
Made in Germany

€279.84 *

Delivery time 1 - 2 days **

Triton TRA001 and sauter insert plate ELP1.0

Ideal combination for your Router Table
sauter insert plate and Triton 2400w router

€479.00 *

Delivery time 1 - 2 days **

Router motor Suhner UAD 25 RF

Motor with 1,050 Watt - industrial quality
electr. adjustable 3.500 - 25.000 rpm | with clamping neck Ø43 mm
Made in Germany

€347.42 *

Delivery time 1 - 2 days **

Triton TRA001 and sauter insert plate ELP2.0

Optimum combination for your Router Table
sauter insert plate and Triton 2400w router2400W

€499.00 *

Delivery time 1 - 2 days **

Triton TRA001 plus 12 pc Router Bit Set

Router Triton TRA001 (2400 W)
incl. collets 8mm, 12mm and 1/2"

€429.00 *

Delivery time 1 - 2 days **

Triton TRA001 Router 2400W

Router Triton TRA001 (2400 W) - Hobby
electr. adjustable speed 8-21.000 rpm
Stroke 0-59 mm, incl. collet 12 & 12,7 mm
with fine height adjustment through the table

€369.00 *

Delivery time 1 - 2 days **

Bosch router GOF 1250 CE

Power 1250 W - new operating comfort & ergonomics
incl. collet 8 mm and  fence

€431.73 *

Delivery time 1 - 2 days **

Perles router OF3

PERLES Electronic router with 1010 Watt
electr. adjustable speed - 9000 - 27.000 rpm

€227.05 *

Delivery time 1 - 2 days **

Router DeWALT D 26203

Router DeWALT with 900 Watt
electrically adjustable speed 16 - 27.000 rpm
Stroke 0 - 55 mm, incl. collet chuck 8 mm

€398.98 *

Delivery time 1 - 2 days **

MAFELL Router Motor FM 800

Motor with 800 Watt incl. 6 mm collet
electr. adjustable 7.000 - 25.000 rpm | clamping neck 43 mm

€273.70 *

Delivery time 1 - 2 days **

TREND router T7EK-EURO 2100 W

With extra 8mm collet

Power reserves | Versatile | Hobby

€225.30 *

Delivery time 1 - 2 days **

Sauter router motor with quick clamping system

tool-free cutter change | can be combined with sauter router lifts
powerful 1.000 Watt motor | Extremely quiet with only 71 db(A)

€486.19 *

Delivery time 1 - 2 days **

Trend T12EK

Powerful router with 2,300 W for manual operation
Incl. 12 mm collet chuck | Speed 9,000 - 22,000 rpm | Cutting stroke 80 mm

€638.74 *

Delivery time 1 - 2 days **

Trend T14EK

Powerful router with 2,300 W for router table use
Incl. 12 mm collet | Speed 9,000 - 22,000 rpm | Switch for router table use
With fine height adjustment through the table

€798.70 *

Delivery time 1 - 2 days **

Makita Multifunction router RT0702CX2J

Versatile multifunction router with variable speed control.
710 Watt | Collets 6 & 8 mm | Speed 10.000 - 34.000 rpm

€277.21 *

Delivery time 1 - 2 days **

MAFELL Router LO 55

Incomparable routing experience. Tool-free cutter clamping and much more!
Versatile in use | Precise in results | Intuitive in operation

€772.31 *

deliverable from Feb '24

Makita Plunge Router RP2302FC07

With soft start and constant electronics, very smooth operation
2,300 Watt | Collet 12 mm | Speed 9,000-23,000 rpm

€465.89 *

Delivery time 3 - 5 days **

Trend T4EK with Trend Router Bits

Set router T4EK-EURO + 12-router bits
light electronic router for hobby craftsmen
for CNC and drill stands

€216.47 *

Delivery time 1 - 2 days **

Router DeWALT D 26204 K

Router / multifunctional router DeWALT with 900 Watt
electrically adjustable speed 16 - 27.000 rpm
Stroke 0 - 55 mm, incl. collet chuck 8 mm
incl. plunge and edge milling unit

€473.24 *

Delivery time 1 - 2 days **

FM1000-OFL motor + OFL2.0-MINI router lift

tool-less cutter change | perfectly combined with the OFL2.0-MINI
powerful engine and comfortable operation in every respect

€902.33 *

Delivery time 1 - 2 days **

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FAQs - Frequently asked questions about Routers

1. What should you look for when buying a router?

Firstly you have to know how you will use the router tool, i.e. whether the router should be fixed at a router table, used in the hand or for both purposes. 

For manual operation, care should be taken to ensure that the router is suitable for use in the hand, it shouldn't be too heavy so it is easy to control, it would generally be equiped with a motor with a power of approximatly between. 700 - 1,600 watts. 

In table operation, a somewhat stronger router or a router motor is recommended. Efficient router motors for the routing table are available from 1,000 watts. An increasingly important criterion for the router is that it can be adjusted in height from the top of the router table.

sautershop provides a wide range of brands (e.g. Festool, Trend, Makita, Bosch, DeWalt) that offer very high quality professional routers and tend to be at the top end in terms of price. But we have mid price devices for the semi-professional and hobby area that offer a high price to performance ratio are for example Perles routers and Triton routers. 

When purchasing, make sure that the router is compatible with router accessories such as copy rings, rip fence and guide rail adapters. Trend, Perles, DeWalt and Elu routers are related to compatible router accessories.

2. Which router is suitable for routing tables?

Which is best? A plunge router or a router motor?

Routers: A normal plunge router can be used in combination with an insert plate or a router lift, e.g.sauter OFL1.0 or 2.0

When using an insert plate we recommend using a router where the height can be adjusted from the table top such as the TREND T14 this makes accurate adjustments easier than trying to do the adjustments from under the table.

Router Motors: These are becoming increasingly popular when using our router tables, they must be attached to a router lift such as the popular range  sauter router lifts including the new worlds first tiltable router lift, the sauter OLF3.0. We have many suitable router motors in our shop including, among others, models from Mafell and Suhner

3. Which materials can be milled with the router?

Routers were originally developed exclusivly for woodworking, now there are router bits available for many different types of materials, such as solid and natural wood. board materials like plywood, chipboard or MDF, solid surface materials (Corian®, Staron®, Hi-Macs® etc.), plastics, acrylic and aluminium can also be routed.

Whichever material you wish to work, sautershop has the perfect router bit, if you are not sure which bit you need you can contact our experts, they will be happy to advise you.

4. How does sautershop see this product segment developing further?

We sell conventional routers and corresponding accessories while stocks last. Of course, we continue to support customers who have these solutions in operation with our expertise.

In the medium and long term, we see a trend towards router motors with router lifts, because in our opinion this combination is the best solution for most routing tasks. Accordingly, the range will be successively expanded with new products around router lifts, router motors and matching accessories.

5. Can I get advice on changing the standard from sautershop?

Of course, we are always available to answer any questions you may have. Simply call us on our service number +49 (0) 8143 99129-0 or send us an e-mail to

6. What should you consider when choosing the motor power of a router?

For mobile use, a router of low or medium power is usually chosen because the weight increases with the power. For the router table, however, the weight of the drive unit is not important; large routers and router motors can also be used here. However, a router motor with a slightly lower output than a corresponding router is usually sufficient.

7. What speed should be selected for routing?

The correct speed depends on several factors:

  • Size of the router bit
  • Material
  • Field of application

In general, the larger the diameter of the router bit, the lower the speed should be. For solid wood, the following speeds can be assumed:

  • for routers with a diameter of less than 30 mm: 24000 rpm
  • for routers with a diameter of 30 to 50 mm: from 18000 to 24000 rpm
  • for routers with a diameter of 70 mm: 12000 rpm or less

More precise specifications also for other materials can be found in the technical literature and/or in the manufacturer's specifications. The maximum permissible speed should not be exceeded under any circumstances. In any case, carry out test milling to determine the correct speed.

8. Where can I find the approved maximum speed of a cutter?

It must be indicated on the shank of the cutter, for example in the form: n. max. 18,000 for a router that may not be operated at more than 18000 rpm (maximum speed).

9. What feed rate should I choose for routing?

The correct feed rate depends on the following factors:

  • the material
  • the router used
  • the amount of material removed

In this case, too, test routing helps to determine the correct speed. If the feed rate is too low, burn marks will appear; if, on the other hand, the feed rate is too high, fibre tearing will occur in the routed material.

10. What do the terms 'counter-rotation' and 'co-rotation' mean?

This refers to the direction in which the router is guided along the workpiece.

  • In co-rotation, routing is done by moving the router in the direction in which the cutter rotates.
  • In counter-rotation, the router is guided against the direction in which the cutter is running.

In counter-rotation, the cutter pulls the router towards the workpiece; in co-rotation, the cutter is pushed away from the workpiece. With the exception of a very, very few cases, you always have to cut in counter-rotation direction!

11. What should I look for in the dust extraction of a router?

The closer to the router the dust is extracted, the better. Some routers extract the dust in two places. The performance can best be determined by a practical test (during demonstrations at trade fairs or at a woodworker friend's house). In most cases, the dust extraction on a router table is much more effective than on a manually guided router due to its design.

12. How do I work freehand with a router?

It is best not to. Guiding a normal router freehand is dangerous and rarely produces good results. If possible, you should always use a guide (parallel fence, template, thrust ring, etc.). Edge routers are an exception, they are used with routing bits with a start-up ring and are therefore used freehand and because of their light weight.

13. Are there routers that are equally well suited for all purposes?

The machines in the medium power class (around 1500 watts) come closest to the idea of an all-round router. However, they are not equally good for all the work that needs to be done; of course, you have to make concessions: Either in handiness and low weight (here small routers with less than 1000 watts have an advantage) or in power (this is the upper class with more than 2000 watts). The multifunction routers from various manufacturers can be used both as edge routers and as normal routers and are therefore particularly flexible.

14. What accessories should be included in the scope of delivery of a router?

To be able to work properly with a router, you need at least:

  • Parallel fence
  • Copyi rings
  • Collets

In addition, the scope of delivery should of course include an instruction manual and the operating tool for changing collets and routing bits. To be able to work, you need at least one router. However, routing cutters are not included in the standard scope of delivery and must be purchased separately as a set or individually depending on the work to be done.

15. How does routing with the mobile router differ from routing at the router table? What are the respective advantages and disadvantages?

  • The router has an advantage when it comes to working at a greater distance from the edge of the workpiece. The dimensions of the router table are a limiting factor here.
  • Working on the router table is safer and more precise; with the mobile hand router you are more flexible.
  • Short, thin and narrow workpieces are better machined on the router table. Large panels are better machined with the hand router.
  • Serial routing with the same dimensions is easier and faster on the router table with its stops to which you can attach appropriate fixtures. If you only need to make a single routing, it is often quicker and easier to use the hand router.

16. What is the best way to carry out large and deep routing?

The maximum size of a routing is determined by various factors, e.g. motor power of the drive unit, diameter of the tool, length of the tool shank, stroke height of the router. Under no circumstances should you attempt to cut such routing in one pass. This can lead to overloading of the motor and overheating of the tool cutting edges (causing them to dull). In the worst case, it can also lead to loss of control of the hand router or to the workpiece kicking back. You should always route large and deep routs in several passes, removing only a small amount of material at a time.

17. Is there an upper size limit for router bits that I can use in the hand-held router?

As a general rule, you should only use routers with a diameter of less than 50 mm in the hand-held router. Routers with a larger diameter should only be used on the router table, where the forces that occur can be better controlled.

18. What does the amendment to the standard on routers say?

This is an amendment to the European standard DIN EN 62841-2-17. As a result, from 21.12.2021 only hand-held routers equipped with restart protection may be placed on the market.

19. What is behind these norm changes and what is their impact?

The change focuses on safety, because according to the standard, routers must not restart after an interruption in the power supply without releasing and re-actuating the circuit breaker. This is not a problem for hand-held routers, but for stationary routers (e.g. those installed in a router table) it has more serious implications.

20. What are the consequences for routers in combination with a router table?

New routers with restart protection that are put into continuous operation must not restart after a power interruption. Consequently, a router mounted under a router table cannot be switched on again via a safety switch after a power interruption as usual. The user has to crawl under the table every time the power is switched off in order to switch the tool back on. For the vast majority of tasks on the router table, this is a completely impractical procedure.

21. What options do woodworkers have who want to build a router table themselves in the future?

There are basically three options for router table self-assembly:

  • Option 1: You still buy an "old" router, because these may still be sold until the stock is used up, At sautershop, these are primarily the Triton and Perles brands. In order to still be able to enjoy an "old" (and cheaper) router without restart protection, we recommend buying it in good time.
  • Option 2: You choose the combination router lift and router motor. We recommend this option because it has many advantages for working on the router table: it saves space, changing router bits is easier and fine height adjustment is more precise. More importantly, router motors are not affected by the change in standards and can still be conveniently controlled via a safety switch.
  • Option 3: As a third option, a few manufacturers offer standard-compliant routers that can also be used stationary. Triton, Dewalt and Trend are among the brands that are either planning or already offering products now. However, these routers are not yet widely available and are, at least initially, more expensive than a conventional router.