This category covers the input range between 400 and 750 watts, and their lower power restricts these routers to 1/4” collets.
They should only ever be used with cutters up to a maximum of 30 mm diameter, but then only for light cuts. Their small size makes them very easy to control for intricate trimming jobs, particularly if they can be guided using grips on the router base.
Many light duty routers have a removable plunge base which allows the motor to be used separately, or for fitting into a drill press for overhead routing and drilling applications.
The motor collar is normally a standard size of 43 mm to allow for this. Although being lower on power there is a definite place for these routers in the workshop.
Their very lightness makes them suitable for fine and intricate work such as inlaying, as well as veneer and laminate trimming, the motor body can also be used hand-held for carving operations.
Short runs of basic moulding, grooving or rebating are possible, provided the router is used sensibly and not overloaded.