Draper Half-Inch Router archive

Wednesday 16 July 2008

Peter Brett says this one offers great routing possibilities at a realistic price


Compared to the feeble 1/4in router I bought for a small fortune 25 years ago, today's machines are fantastic. This Draper model offers versatility and power with all the features one needs.

On test

Great to handle with its rubberised handles, easy-to-use switchgear and light plunge action, this router has oodles of power and the variable speed allowed it to be used on a variety of materials with small or large-diameter bits.

Noise levels were surprisingly acceptable and I didn't bother with the ear protectors for small runs. The case contains almost everything necessary for a huge variety of routing jobs. I like the long and strong trammel bars, and the cast alloy fence is really robust with adjustable plastic facings. Depth adjustment was quick and precise with a multi-stop turret and micro-adjustable height adjustment allowing minute changes. It is a huge advantage to have the option of three sizes of collet to choose from and my only disappointment was with the chip collection system because it interfered with some of the larger-diameter bits used for edge moulding. In my experience no manufacturer has a perfect system, and this did do a good job of whisking most of the chips away, but be prepared for the bit to make the hole in the chip collector a bit bigger or invest in long-shank bits.

The verdict

This is real value for money. Small touches like the gaiters covering the plunge columns and the list of extras show that this is a serious machine with enough power and capability for even a light trade use.

Woodworkers Institute

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"This is a serious machine with enough power and capability for even a light trade use"

The Numbers

Draper Half-Inch Router
Price: £88.17 (inc. VAT, correct at time of publication)
Speed (no load): 11,500-22,000r/min
Plunge stroke (no dust extraction): 0-50mm
Plunge stroke (dust extraction): 0-44mm
Weight: 4.5kg
Comes with: carry case, parallel fence guide, 1/4in, 1/2in and 8mm collets, circle/edge cutting attachment, 21mm template follower, base and spanner, BS moulded plug, 3m cable, spare motor brushes

What you get in the case - a comprehensive kit

Contact Details

Contact: Draper Tools Ltd.
Tel.: 023 8026 6355