The Ryobi Cordless Router has arrived and it's living up to the hype.

This Ryobi Palm router definitely has room in my shop and this Ryobi router review will tell you why!

This review is sponsored by the Home Depot as a part of The Home Depot's Pro-Spective Campaign. 


DEWALT Bluetooth Radio ChargerI was chosen along with several other bloggers to be apart of Home Depots Pro-Spective Campaign for the upcoming year and I am excited to be sharing my first review for the Ryobi Cordless 18V ONE+ Palm Router. In my experience, routers have always been powerful tools, so I was definitely excited to get my hands on this bad boy to see what it could do, and to no surprise this little thing has definitely got some power behind her.




 The box comes packed with two items. The Ryobi 18V ONE+ Palm Router (Bare Tool) and a collet wrench. So YES, you do have to purchase a battery separately to operate this tool, unless you're a Ryobi user (like me) and have plenty lying around.  

Ryobi Palm Router Tool Review

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Ryobi Palm Router Tool Review
I couldn't have this Ryobi Palm Router without getting the 15-Piece Router Bit Set. This set offers an assortment of bits ideal for decorative edging, trimming and joining. This set makes the palm router seem much more worth it.
 To test the Palm Router, I used 3 bits. An edging bit, trimming bit and a joining bit. Just to see how each bit worked with the router.
The Ryobi router has one speed operating at 29,000 PM. The router gave out  plenty of power when cutting through pine but I don't know that the router really lives up to the 600 linear feat. in one charge spec. , but it is fairly close. Overall, I was very pleased with the functioning of the tool and am certain that I will get much use out of it.


Switching out the bits was a fairly easy process. Check out this short video on how to install/remove a bit.



The Ryobi Palm Router is equipped with a quick release lever for easy depth adjustment. In my experience this feature makes depth adjustment much easier compared to other tools I have used. It also has micro-adjustment for precise depth control. This dual adjustment method gives the user an option to either roughly adjust to a depth quickly or adjust accurately with the micro-adjustment.


The Ryobi Palm Router comes equipped with an LED light that illuminates your workspace while cutting. It isn't entirely bright but in my experience it does help.


I think just about everyone loves a cordless tool, but it is one of my main reasons for loving this palm router. Luckily, the bare tool works with all 18V batteries. My recommended battery is the 18V Compact LITHIUM+ Battery because it gives an equal balance of power and weight. Be sure to check out RYOBI Tools for current online specials, they have specials often.

Ryobi Palm Router Tool Review


Variable Speed

If I were using a really wide cutting head, it would be helpful to have variable speeds but being that this trim router isn't necessarily made for using wide cutting heads it makes not having variable speed acceptable, but of course it would be preferred, as I'm sure not having variable speed would pose more of a problem with higher quality wood.

Router Fence

So I saw this on the Ridgid compact router, but Ridgid has a little router fence that's included with their  corded compact router that helps guide you when routing. I think that would be a cool thing to incorporate/include with this Ryobi palm router.

The Ryobi Cordless Router retails for $69.00 at the Home Depot.

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    • Battery : 18V
    • Bulb: LED
    • Collet Size: 1/4"
    • Speed: 29,000 RPM (No-Load Speed)
    • Tool Weight: 2.8 lbs


    • Cuts over 600 linear ft. per charge
    • Up to 29,000 RPM
    • Features Micro-adjustment for precise depth control
    • Die-cast base for maximum durability


    Ryobi offers a 3 YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY on this tool, which in my opinion is a good amount of time. 

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    I acknowledge that the Home Depot is partnering with me to participate in the The Home Depot Pro-Spective Campaign. As a part of the program, I am receiving compensation in the form of products and services, for the purposes of promoting The Home Depot. All expressed opinions and experiences are my own. My post complies with the Word of Mouth Marketing Association (WOMMA) Ethics Code and applicable Federal Trade Commission guidelines.

    May 11, 2017 — Ashley Basnight