Ryobi P601 Cordless Trim Router Review

May 30, 2017 | by Ethan (email) |

This review originally appeared on our tool review site, Toolbox One.

Ryobi continues to advance the ONE+ tool lineup with the recent addition of the P601 palm router. This trim router is a great option for projects where you don’t need the power of a full-sized router, and that makes this cordless option even more appealing. We found the P601 ideal for creating eased edges, dadoes, door hinge mortising and more. Read on for a full review of the Ryobi P601 palm router.

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First Impressions

The box contains the P601 bare tool (no battery), collet wrench and manual. The clear, square sub-base is factory installed, and you can be up and running very quickly. A Ryobi 18v ONE+ battery snaps on top and gives a nice balance to the router. The On/Off switch is conveniently placed and readily visible, and the base is standard die-cast aluminum. The GRIPZONE over mold wasn’t very helpful as we tend to grasp the base for better control. The collet accepts 1/4″ shank router bits. If you’re looking for accessories, you can purchase a circular sub-base and edge-guide separately.

Power and Runtime

Ryobi boasts an impressive 600 linear feet per charge, and most applications won’t come anywhere near that. Remember, the P601 is for specific work like a cutting a chamfered edge or decorative flutes, or trimming veneer. This router is more than powerful enough for those types of projects.

The P601 is a fixed-speed router that maxes out at 29,000 RPM (no-load). Not having a speed adjustment can make avoiding burn marks more of a challenge. Wood species, moisture level and depth of cut all come into play. Usually you can compensate by controlling how fast you cut your workpiece, and we recommend cutting a piece of scrap first.

Depth Adjustments

Making a depth adjustment is straight-forward. First, pull the quick release lever. Use the micro depth adjustment knob for small changes and depress the motor release lever to quickly slide the entire base. If you press the spindle lock, you can remove the base from the motor entirely.


An important consideration for any router is how well you can see your workpiece. We really like the integrated LED light right by the collet. This is a great feature that more and more manufacturers are starting to include.

Pricing and Where to Buy

The Ryobi ONE+ trim router cost $69 for the bare tool. This is amazing considering comparable options cost $100+, and if you’ve already bought into the ONE+ 18v battery line, this trim router is a welcome addition. Ryboi gives you a lotta tool at a great price. Buy it from The Home Depot at the link below.

Ryobi P601 Router Specs

  • Model: P601
  • Battery: 18V (sold separately)
  • Light: LED
  • Collet Size: 1/4 in.
  • Speed: 29,000 RPM (No-Load Speed)
  • Weight: 2.8 lbs. (No battery)
  • 3-year limited manufacturer warranty
5 Responses
  1. glenn dunham says:

    first, I don’t like being required to give my mailing list—I get enough junk mail already. Second, not including a battery may make the tool less expensive but it just makes one wonder what you are trying to prove by not including the battery. I know of no other tool maker that makes you buy one to be able to use the router. You just complicate purchasing the router. Do you have an in store display that tells the purchaser he must buy the battery separately? I really would like to know what Ryobi will gain by making it harder for a customer to make a simple purchase more difficult. That seems to go against any sales rules I’ve ever seen.

    • Stephanie B. says:

      I personally like that I can buy the tool without the battery. I already have several Ryobi One tools and the batteries are interchangeable.

  2. glenn dunham says:

    It took me several times to get my “Mail” address right.I understood “Name” but I misunderstood “Mail”. Maybe you should change “Mail” to “E-mail” in your “Leave a Reply” form.

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  4. ray long says:

    have been running ryobi tools since they first came out at home depot will never change brand used on construction jobs

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