Model # RT0701C

Internet # 204247210

Store SKU # 590466

1-1/4 HP Compact Router

$99.00 /each
  • Soft start provides for a smoother start-up
  • Compact and well-designed for user comfort and control
  • Highly rated router for overall performance



Model # RT0701C

Internet # 204247210

Store SKU # 590466

Store SO SKU # 1000791039

The Makita 1-1/4 HP Compact Router delivers performance and precision in a compact design that is similar in size to many laminate trimmers. It's engineered for a range of routing applications with electronic speed control to maintain constant speed under load and soft start for smooth start-ups. The slim, ergonomically designed body ensures increased comfort and control.

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  • Includes router, fixed base, 1/4 in. collet, straight guide, wrench #13, wrench 22
  • Variable speed control dial (10,000-30,000 RPM) to match the speed to the application
  • Smooth rack-and-pinion fine depth adjustment system for more precise settings
  • Quick-release cam lock system for convenient depth adjustments and base removal/installation
  • Accepts industry standard template guides
  • Base can be removed quickly to install other bases
  • Durable flat top design for added convenience when changing bits
  • Non-marring, high-durability base insert for increased work piece protection
  • Uses 1/4 in. shank routers bits
  • Heavy duty, double-insulated, aluminum motor housing engineered for increased durability
  • Double insulated
  • Includes: 1/4 in. collect (763637-1), straight guide (122965-7), wrench #13 (781039-9), wrench 22 (781011-1), fixed base (195560-6)
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Collet size (in.) 
Product Depth (in.) 
Product Height (in.) 
Product Width (in.) 
Amperage (amps) 
Color Family 
Cord Length (ft.) 
Corded Tool Type 
Cordless/ Corded 
Depth Adjustment 
Dust Collection 
Multiple base 
Peak Horsepower 
1.25 hp 
Power Tool Product Type 
Product Weight (lb.) 
3.9 lb 
Router Base Type 
Tools Product Type 
Power Tool 
Variable Speed 
Warranty / Certifications
Certifications and Listings 
1-UL Listed 
Manufacturer Warranty 
1 Year Warranty 


Cordless/ Corded: Corded
Brand: Makita
Price: $50 - $100
Router Base Type: Fixed
Collet size (in.): .25
Multiple base: Yes
Depth Adjustment: Yes


Rated 4.6 out of 5 by 24 reviewers.
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Exquisite Tool Bought the other comparable router at the same price point first because it came with the carry bag and had the tempting service agreement. Should have known I was paying for those things because the actual tool quality was pretty run-of-the-mill. I returned it and bought this router. Don't be fooled by the similar reviews when doing your comparisons. This Makita is a fine, meticulously crafted tool with plastic and metal in all the right places. It routes beautifully, is easy to assemble/disassemble for bit and accessory swaps and the bits don't get heat-stuck (as was the case with the other router). Many add-ons are available for this as well for different applications. If a carry bag is a must i'd recommend searching the web and spending the extra $15 or so for a small Makita bag or just use a generic tote. It's worth it. August 13, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Great power but can't use wide bits This is much more powerful than a standard trim router and very useful for doing edge treatments like small roundovers, beading, and trimming from a template using a flush trim bit. However there is one big issue - the plastic base has a 1-3/8" diameter hole so you can only use bits that are 1-1/4" in diameter or less. This limitation prevents you from using this router many standard bits, most notably a 45 degree chamfer bit. I found it also could not use most rabbeting bits, cove bits, ogee bits, and roundovers that are larger than 3/8". Makita does not include the dust chute attachment with this router, but Home Depot sells it online for just a few dollars - it is Makita model #195559-1. The website says it is made for the RT700 but it will also fit the RT701 perfectly. October 23, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Great Quality for a tiny router It's almost all metal, hardly any plastic. Feels super solid and high quality, all the parts move like butter. Motor has plenty of torque, and it is quiet. Depth adjustment is quick and easy, and I was able to set it within .005 and repeat that setting. That's more than good enough for wood work. It does not handle larger bits with the included base. Also the base is small, and it takes some skill and care to keep it flat when edge routing, especially since there are no side handles. There are other bases available, I have not tried any of those yet, although it looks like the Plunge base will handle larger bits. It uses a soft-start motor so it is easy to control when you hit the power switch. The speed control works fine, and even at the low setting, the speed stays constant when routing, and does not bog down at all. There's a traditional shaft lock and it uses a standard 7/8 locking collar, so it's easy to change bits. The top is flat so it stands on end upside-down, which helps when changing bits. I also realized that this router would be excellent for a CNC table, since it has a compact cylindrical body, which would make mounting it easy. February 6, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Excellent palm router I actually returned the Rigid palm router in place of this one. This model has a wider selection of speeds and fits my hands well. It's also a tough little bugger. October 28, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Makita rocks!! Ordered this online and all I can say is WOW!!! Makita has not disappointed in its tool line!! LXT, DXT, AVT you name the technology and Makita takes it to the next level or should I say INVENTS these technologies! January 23, 2013
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Poor Quality Control Purchased the Makita trim router to do some pattern routing. The price was great, and it was a Makita. How could I go wrong? I ran into two serious problems with the unit that I purchased. 1) The router got hot as it ran. I suspect that this was due to a bad bearing. And I believe that this may have caused the second issue I had. 2) The depth adjustment would not lock sufficient to keep my depth of cut constant. The router vibrated and ran much louder that any of my other routers. I adjusted/tightened the tension of the depth lock and attempted to continue my project. It was not possible to tighten it enough to securely lock it. As a result of this, I've got some patching to do on the face frame that I was trimming. Bottom line, I'm returning the router and will be looking for another brand. I've heard good reviews about the Dewalt. We'll see. July 5, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by This is the best! I just picked this router up from home depot and all I can say is Wow! This unit is very powerful, and very refined. I have to say, the first time I turned this beauty on I was in disbelief with how quiet it is. After testing this unit out I feel that it is of very high quality. I have several Makita power tools. Some of them 15 years old or more and all working perfectly without any failures. Makita build tools that always have a feel and quality above all the rest. January 28, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Would recommend! Awesome little detail tool that is easy to use and very affordable. We made our own moulding and it turned out great! August 5, 2014
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