Milwaukee 5616-24 Multi Base Combo Router
Milwaukee wins the top spot based on overall power. While there are other 2-1/4 HP combo routers on our list, this one is a 13 amp motor, making it have a little more torque than the others. That will help keep it from bogging down on those rough cuts, especially with the larger bits installed. It comes with both 1/4 inch and 1/2 inch collets, so you can use any size router bits with it, including panel raising bits. There is a rotary turret depth gauge, with six different stops, each of which is 1/8 inch deeper than the previous; great for deep cuts in dense hardwoods.
The adjustment is calibrated for 1-64 inch increments and the plunge system uses four point PM bushings and constant spring tension throughout the 2-7/8 range. Motor is variable speed, with a dial speed control, giving 10,000 to 24,000 RPM. For the fixed base, there is a body grip, so you can hold the router body directly, instead of just the handles. Clear sub-bases and a dust shield are provided.