DeWalt as a brand has grandfathered into the sector of making some of the best routers. Their routers are good at making some of the complex designs easy.
Depending on your budget and needs, it is easy to find several DeWalt routers available right now.
Some of the top options include the DeWalt DWP611PK and the DeWalt DW618PK models. These two models are good in versatility.
You will always find them being ideal for various projects. However, how do they compare to each other? This comparison should help you learn more about the two.
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If you are in the market for a basic router, then get the DeWalt DWP611PK model. It is good enough to perform the basic routing functions and mostly on wood workpieces.
As for the pros who want a versatile and powerful router tool, then the DeWalt DW518PK router is the ideal choice. It churns out impressive power good for handling any material even metal cutting is easy to achieve.
DeWalt has a long line of routers. Each one has different features that make it ideal for various functions. Right now, we want to focus on the DeWalt DWP611PK unit. We want to see if it is good as many say.
When you look at the motor power output, it is not the highest but still good enough for multiple projects. The power output is 1.25HP, which should be good for your wood projects.
The same tool can be good for making mortises, trim edges, dados, and so much more depending on the router bit.
There is the soft start system set up in this motor too. The system is good for starting the motor with low torque and gradually increases it depending on the cutting needs. This is important to only supply the necessary torque depending on the use.
You will find that the top is covered by thick ABS plastic. It is tough enough to absorb the shock when accidentally dropped.
Just like any other model, having variable speed control in a router tool helps a lot. This one starts from 16,000 to 27,000RPM. Such variable speeds make it ideal for versatility. It should be easy to set the correct speed depending on the material you are cutting.
The lowest speed of 16,000RPM might be too high for some people. However, the tool is easy to control so you should have an easy time controlling it.
Fixed and Plunge Base
Another top feature about the model is that it comes with both a fixed base and plunge base. The fixed base is made of quality metal alloy.
It feels solid in the hand. To use it, you will simply have to slide the motor block into the fixed base and it will engage itself automatically. The fixed base is good for very accurate routing thanks to its depth adjustment options.
The plunge base is also worth checking out. The plunge base has an overmolded rubber coating to improve its handling. It only requires slight pressure to work on a workpiece. It should still feel comfortable over extended periods.
What We Like
- It has both the plunge and fixed bases
- The dual LED lights help with visibility
- Many find it highly ergonomic for a comfortable use
What We Don’t Like
- The power is limited
The Solution: For its power, we will recommend it mostly for wood cutting. Using it to shave or cut metal might not be the easiest thing to do.
If you are in the market for one of the best router tools, then consider checking out the DeWalt DW618PK unit. It is one of the affordable champions when it comes to wood routers. Let us see why it stands out as one of the best routers for the job.
As always, we have to look at the type of power you get with the router. For this one, it does come with the 2.25HP motor.
This amount of power should make it good for handling even the tough materials. Other than using it for cutting wood, the same can be used on metal and milling too.
It was among the first routers to have the soft-start mechanism. Right now, it seems like all the routers in the market have the same feature. The feature helps the router to start slow so that it does not damage the material you are working on.
With the variable speed settings, we find that it is now easier for you to adapt the tool to your material. The speed varies from 8,000 RPM to 24,000RPM.
There is also an electronic feedback system that keeps the torque sent to the tool linear. As such, regardless of the speed, you will always have a smooth cutting operation.
Since the tool has a variable speed setting, we find it ideal for making professional cuts. It is also good for smooth edge trimmings for both home and commercial purposes.
The model can use both the ¼” and ½” collets to make it even more versatile. For this reason, you will find it compatible with all the commercial router bits in the market.
It is common for people to use the ½” collet as it provides the best stability. You can always switch them around depending on your needs.
Ease of Adjustment
Another thing you will like about the router is the ease of use. It allows for ease of adjusting the router bit by 1/64”. As much as many routers in the market can do this right now, that was not always the case when it was first released.
What We Like
- It works with all router bits
- It comes with the best construction for durability
- The tool is easy to adjust
What We Don’t Like
- It lacks LED lights
The Solution: Considering it was released 15 years ago, it is hard to imagine it having the LED lights. We find that the router tool can deliver an impressive performance for most to forget that it lacks such lights.
Which is Better?
Both models coming from DeWalt means that the build quality will be consistent. We found both being good in terms of durability.
These are tools you will still be using for years with minimal maintenance needs. Still, they are both easy to use even for someone new to using a router tool. The guides are also clear and contain all the important information.
The DeWalt DW618PK might be old right now, but it still stands out as the best between these two models. The first thing that makes it better should be the amount of power output.
Also, it is generally easier to use and make the right adjustments. Having a lower low-speed setting makes it good for slow routing of various materials too.
So, depending on the needs of a user, it is now possible to pick the right unit. It is also worth noting that the difference in pricing is not much. If you intend to use a router tool more often, then simply go for the DW618PK model.