We recently received this router from Trend. I anxiously awaited its arrival and have been excited to put it to the test! When the T4 router arrived I was impressed with the full-size carrying case. It has plenty of room to fit the router and accessories.
Power Tool Review– Trend T4 Router
Power Tool Model– U*T4EK
Pros: Lightweight, Powerful motor, Good carrying case, Lots of accessories, Well- balanced, Easy to use.
Cons: Loud at top speeds, Spindle Lock Assembly can become dislodged.
Specifications for Trend T4 Router;
|Rating||Hobbyist/ Light Trade|
|Plunge stroke||0-1 3/8″|
|Power Input||1.1 hp|
|Standard collet dia||6mm, 1/4″ & 8mm|
|Dust spout size||1 3/8″|
|Template Guide bush dia||5/8″|
|No load speeds||11500-32000 rpm|
|Tool/Ship weight||7.7 lbs|
|Bit dia. max||1 3/16″|
The Trend T4 is a Hybrid router, not quite a full-size router, but larger than a trim style router. Think of it as a trim router on steroids then throw in a nice plunge base. Did I mention it also can be used as a die grinder?
The Trend T4 weighs in around 8lbs, with a 1.1HP motor (6.6 amps). It features a variable speed dial ranging from 11500-32000 no load rpm. The electronic variable speed dial is located at the top of the router making it easy to access and limits your chance of accidently changing the speed.
After using the Trend T4 router a while I started liking the features, more and more. I liked the overall pressure on the base springs, not too stiff. The plunge lever is easy to access, nd easy to operate. Removing the plunge base is easy as well. Remove the collet nut then loosen the base locking nut.
The T4 features a 3 position turret stop with an adjustable depth stop, making repeated plunge cuts a breeze. Each Turret is adjustable for fine tuning.
Another accessory included with the T4 was a dust extractor spout. This is an extremely nice feature to have when using the router in your shop. It works very well, and keeps dust to a minimum. It’s made of clear plastic making your work piece visible. It’s held in place with two screws through the bottom of the base, and allows the router to move up and down inside for a near dust free fit.
Another accessory included, and is a must for a plunge router is the fence. The guide is easy to mount, and works pretty well.
If you were wondering why the 14mm wrench has a square notch cut out of the side? It’s used to hold the fence rods in place while you tighten them down.
Lastly the T4 includes 3 different collets.
- 8mm Collet
- 6mm Collet
- 1/4″ Collet
The Trend T4 has a great niche in the market. It’s well placed to do most hobbyist, and light-duty routing tasks around the home or shop. It’s packed with features, and comes with just about everything you’ll need to complete any task. It’s lightweight, well-balanced and easy to use.