Makita RP2301FCX Router (1/2")
Makita RP2301FCX Router (1/2")
£258.96 (£215.80 Ex. VAT)

Makita RP2301FCX Router (1/2")

  • 1/2" router with 2.1kW motor
  • Easy depth adjuster
  • 9,000 - 22,000rpm variable speed
  • Twin LED job lights fitted
  • Compact and easy to control
  • Fine height adjuster and side fence fine adjuster
  • Also included is a 1/2" - 1/4" collet reducer
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£258.96 (£215.80 Ex. VAT)

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This Makita RP2301FCX 1/2" router has a powerful 2,100W motor and is suitable for a range of routing tasks either as a hand router or fixed into a router table. The cutter depth adjuster has a scale so that you can set your cutter height easily, plunge depth is 70mm and there are twin LED job lights fitted so your cutter is never in shadow. Speed range is 9,000 - 22,000rpm and can be selected for whatever size of cutter you are using. The grip handles make the router easy to control and the base is round with a flat side so it can be guided along a straight edge if required. Also included is a 1/2" - 1/4" collet reducer. Please note; 110V is supplied without plug.

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Collets Supplied 1/2"
Fine Fence Adjuster Standard Equipment
Fine Height Adjuster Standard Equipment
Model RP2301FCX
Nett Weight 6Kg
Plunge Stroke 70mm
Power 2,100W
Rating Industrial
Speed 9,000-22,000rpm
Spindle Lock Yes
Reviews (15)

Customer Reviews

Overall rating 4.4 out of 5 based on 15 reviews

Newest Customer Reviews



4 February 2016

Not impressed

Not impressed.

I bought this from Axminster back in 2010 for £269.94. I wrote the following review a few weeks after buying it but never got round to posting it. It’s no 2016 and it’s still going strong.

I bought this to run my own profiles to save money building my house. I’ve always wanted a decent router. I’ve run over 200m of skirting, 150m t&g for doors 150m of facia profiles all in clear pine sideboards plus an assortment of other tasks. I only use Wealden Tool cutters. For the majority of the time it’s been in a table. I am biased with respect to tool manufacturers - most of my tools are Makita.

Plenty of smooth power.
Nice bright LEDs to illuminate the work piece, I wouldn’t have thought this useful, but it is.
Smooth plunge action.

Not so good
You can’t switch off the nice bright LEDs, which is really annoying when it’s in the table.
The trigger suffers from dust ingress when table mounted which can jam it in the on position. Good dust extraction should minimise this but good dust extraction is not always possible. Something to keep an eye on, I’ve cleaned it out twice and I’m using a 4” extraction system at the back of the fence, maybe I’ll put a 4” line in under the table as well. A trigger that jams on is dangerous, this shouldn’t have made it onto the market.

Bad point
I’ve just recently notice that when you lock the plunge when mounted in the table, the cutter moves fractionally. This is not noticeable when using freehand. I only picked up on this when I was matching to profiles from a previous set up. Until then I had been using cutter sets on arbours, so I never had to change the plunge depth/cutter height, just the cutter stack set up. Wish I’d seen this when I’d first got it – it would have gone straight back!

I believe what is happening is that when the router is hanging under the table, its’ own weight is making it pivot about the depth adjuster, which would imply that there is play in the column bearings or that the columns are not ridged. When you lock it, it rotates the router upwards. This means it is a pain to set and lock a cutter to a specific height.

Would I recommend it – no. Its’ one bad point, whilst not making it useless, is something that just shouldn’t be present in my opinion.



6 April 2015

simply superb

I bought this router as a replacement for my stolen hitachi m12v2 110v 1/2" Firstly i was incredibly happy with the hitachi router i bought it as it was the most powerful router i could find at the time (several years ago) and it certainly lived up to expectations it had power in droves and was very well equipped and very easy and intuative to use, to my mind you could not buy a better router or so i thought!! Right so that no one acuses me of bias lets get the affiliation out the way. yes I prefer makita over other brands BUT i own dewalt, hitachi, AEG, bosch, freud, black and decker, erbauer etc. I buy whats good! not just because of the brand.

So i can honestly say that this router is absolutely awsome! it has tonnes of power, is super quiet, very light (despite what daniel the dewalt man says) the electronic brake is VERY sharp, all the locks, levers, and adjusters are where they should be and are very intuative. the micro adjuster on the guide rail allows ridiculously good accuracy, changing the router bits is as simple as it should be (my only critisim of my hitachi was the bit change was a pain in the arse. even after taking the nut completely off the bits/collet wouldnt come free and id have to hit the collet with a hammer and screwdriver to free them) The plunge is dreamily smooth and the box is very well equipped. It even comes with the ability to be mounted in a router table and adjusted from above using the supplied knobs etc.

I unfortunately bought mine from screwfix and payed about £390 for it before spotting it on here for £60 cheaper! gutted lol. At £330 this is true value for money. There are a couple of very minor bad points, the first is the lack of a 110v plug? its completely non sensicle to not fit one. The second anoyance was that it didnt come with the guide bushes for router jigs (im a kitchen fitter amongst other things) i had to buy 2 at about £10 each so that was a bit annoying. These though are very small niggles on what is other wise an exceptional machine. Ill definetly be buying a second one for my router table to replace the frued router (which is good) once funds permit. A******** all the way


1 January 2015

High cost and great value at the same time.

I bought this with the intention of mounting it in a router table. I have bought an Axminster Trade LSD7 Router Table which I will review (favourably) in due course, and done just this.

The way I attached the router to the table insert was to remove the 4 screws that hold the plastic base to the router. Do not remove the base itself by the way, or you will be picking up bits of the spring loaded mechanism that is there to take a guide bush! I used M4 countersunk machine screws, cut to length, to screw through the router table insert into the Makita router, and this seems to be very solid.

One thing about this router that is not made clear anywhere is that it comes with a long screw that can be used to precisely raise and lower the router through a hole drilled into in the router table insert. With no apology for the use of block capitals, THIS IS EXCELLENT BECAUSE YOU DO NOT NEED A ROUTER TABLE ELEVATOR!!

I will comment on longevity when I have given it some proper use, but so far I have been very impressed with the smoothness, solidity, soft start, built in LEDs, variable speed etc. It also locks on, so you can use a NVR switch without any faffing.

So far, no regrets!

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Makita for ttheir guidance on how to mount this on a router table. However, they didn't reply to my email, so I can't!!!! Disappointing, but no reflection on Axminster or the machine itself!


3 May 2014

Nice Router with some drawbacks

The Makite RP 2301 has performed well these first weeks, but 4 mm holes in the base for fixing it under the router table made me a little nervous, 4 mm screws are probably fine to fixate the plastic base, but to mount a 2 Hp router. There was sufficient goods, so I bored the holes to 5 mm and now I use 5 mm screws. Another problem is the plunge depths when mounted in the table! I have ordered the Ax extension, it has good customer rev's, but will it overload the bearings in the router. Ok Makite use to take some punishment without complain.

paul higgins

20 February 2014

well worth it

i bought this to replace my screwfix own make erbauer router as i was doing bigger and more precise work. it was between the trend t11 and this one. i will be using it mainly by hand and the makita had a much smoother plunge and a quick release guide bush (which stays tightly in place) so the sales man recommended the makita. the on/off is a trigger type with a lock on press to release type which i think is so much safer. the work light is very handy and the quality seems very good. i route mostly hard wood and ply and it has never faltered yet and i dont expect it to. the only advantage the T11 had was it works better in a table, which i dont use.

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