Affordable Tool Line Grows

Woodworkers who shop at Menards stores across the Midwest are perhaps familiar with the MasterForce brand. It has been around for a decade or more, but has seen massive growth of late. The tools in the image here are just a small sampling of what’s available. They seem solid and reliable and are certainly very affordable. Take, for example, the MasterForce fixed base corded router that lists for $119.99… and is on sale today for $106.79 with a rebate coupon. This is a 2-1/2 HP router that has digital controls that let you match the motor speed to the bit size and material hardness. It also has electronic speed control that monitors and maintains speed under loads for consistent performance, plus a soft start feature and depth adjustments in increments of 1/64 inch. There’s a see-through base, a three-bulb LED work light and a 1-1/4″ vacuum hose port. It draws 14 Amps, and includes both 1/4″ and 1/2″ collets. It’s variable speed up to 25,000 RPM, is covered by a 3-year warranty, and even comes with a storage bag. Woodworkers from Ohio to Wyoming can visit local stores, and the rest of us can shop online at