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Opinion on Router choice

by mknittle
posted 09-07-2018 03:41 PM


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ChefHDAN

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#1 posted 09-07-2018 04:40 PM

Mark,
I have the DWP611 kit and love it, the led light is incredibly handy at times. The pieces move easily between the bases and my PC edge guide fits, (but is big and bulky). Just finished a redo of all the cabinet doors & drawers in the kitchen. Found a pawnshop PC 690 to add so that I could have 3 routers set for the doors, Stick, Cope, and Panel. There were so many to do I didn’t want to change any bits during the process. The 611 was fitted with a round over and it was a breeze to do both sides of everything on a grip mat.

Only downside is the 1/4” collet. Over the years I primarily have only bought 1/2” so I’ve had to get some edge forming profiles in 1/4”, and some spirals for mortises and hinge plates etc. This little one makes it real easy to eyeball roughing out a mortise and then just coming back with a chisel to cut to the line.

If you can easily drop your bosch motor to still use the kit bases (my PC’s are attached to the plate but still have their handles), then I think you’re safe with the 611. If your motor is going into a lift that won’t be as simple to use the motor I’d say go with another bosch, although Id really recommend getting a 3 hp for the table too….

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mathguy1981

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#2 posted 09-07-2018 04:48 PM

Go with another Bosch. I am having the exact same search/dilemma right now and I’m going to go with another 2.25 HP fixed handle Bosch.

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Fred Hargis

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#3 posted 09-07-2018 05:30 PM

I’d also stay with the 1617, it pays to have interchangeability between your routers. Besides, as mentioned above the Dewalt is a 1/4” router.

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CaptainKlutz

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#4 posted 09-07-2018 07:48 PM

+1 Dewalt 611 kit is very useful for hand routing.
It is one I reach for 90% of time when hand routing; and I own 6 routers from 4 different mfg, including (2) Bosch 1617. The built in light on 611 is very useful when hand routing. Find that I use the router table as much as possible for shaping edges, as it collects debris and keeps shop cleaner; so amount of router use by hand is fairly small?

As Chef posted, the 611 has only 1/4 inch shank. So don’t expect 611 to spin a heavy 2+ inch diameter bit and take deep cuts, like cutting rail/stile. Was worried as majority of my bits were 1/2 inch shank. Due limited amount of hand routing actually done once I had router table, only needed about a few 1/4 inch shank bits. I’d guess 60% of time my 611 is using round over bits, maybe 30% time is spiral or straight cut bit following a template.

Thinking back since I bought my 611 a few years ago; can only remember one use where I needed a bigger router? Was making router bowls. For them, I spin a 1-1/4 inch diameter bowl/dish bit hogging out a 3 inch deep block of wood with a bit extension. Used my Bosch 1617 plunge base with larger custom base plate.

Best Regards.

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