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Forum topic by BlasterStumps posted 01-01-2019 02:53 AM 523 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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BlasterStumps

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01-01-2019 02:53 AM

I want to buy the more useful combo of the DEWALT DWP611. I have another full size router with plunge base (PC 690) so my question is…how important would it be to buy the plunge base for the compact router? I have been looking at the DEWALT DWP611 bundled with the round base thinking that would be my best buy. I want to be able to use template guides, thus the idea of the round sub base. Any buying advice from LJs on best bundle for this little router?
Mike

-- "I build for function first, looks second. Most times I never get around to looks." - Mike, western Colorado


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#1 posted 01-01-2019 03:50 AM

I have had the Dewalt DWP611PK (with fixed base, plunge base and bag) for several months and like it a lot. Before purchase, I also looked at the Bosch Colt but liked the feel and features of the Dewalt better. I bought the Rockler Interlocking Signmakers Template and like the state park font a lot (they have three different sizes), and bought the router to use with it. The plunge base works wonderfully and is invaluable for template work. My previous router is an older and larger fixed base Craftsman and it has now taken up residence in my portable router table, with the Dewalt taking over the hand-held duties.

The plunge base is very convenient for template work and it makes a world of difference in allowing the router to position in the template, then lowering the cutter into the wood to work, then lifting back out cleanly once complete.

For Xmas I just got the dust collection attachments for both the plunge and the fixed base and from the reviews it should do a good job in collecting the cuttings, though I haven’t had the opportunity to use it yet. Without the DC attachments, the accumulation in the letters while cutting can be a bit troublesome (but not something that can’t be worked through with an occasional sweep of the shop vac).

I also plan on using the Dewalt for the Porter Cable Dovetail Jig kit (model 4216) that I received for Xmas. The kit includes two router bits with 1/2” shanks and two with 1/4” shanks and the DWP611 only accepts a 1/4” shanks, so I got two corresponding Whiteside router bits to replace the bits with 1/2” shanks. I haven’t had the chance to use it yet though.

Attached are a couple pictures of some of the work I have done with the router and templates.

-- ~Art~

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#2 posted 01-01-2019 03:58 AM

If you do many shelf pin holes…..... I really like the 611 with the plunge base for that. It’s light weigh help a bunch if you doing many holes

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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#3 posted 01-01-2019 02:34 PM

Thanks for the information guys. I was unaware that the plunge base was built to accept the template guides. That makes a difference. I’m leaning towards the PK now.

-- "I build for function first, looks second. Most times I never get around to looks." - Mike, western Colorado

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#4 posted 01-01-2019 03:02 PM

I have the Dewalt with both bases and love it.

-- Michael Dilday, Suffolk, Va.

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#5 posted 01-01-2019 05:11 PM

I took the ‘plunge’ : ) I Ordered the PK and edge guide. Thanks again guys.
Mike

-- "I build for function first, looks second. Most times I never get around to looks." - Mike, western Colorado

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#6 posted 01-01-2019 07:31 PM

You won’t regret that decision, it’s a great little router.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#7 posted 01-05-2019 12:31 AM

That was fast. It all showed up today. Cool. Now I can get started figuring it out. I’m going to be hunting a small set of round nose bits. I have an up cut and down, a roundover, and a 1/2” plunge rabbeting bit and a few others. I think you can go blind sorting thru all the offerings trying to pick out router bits. : )

-- "I build for function first, looks second. Most times I never get around to looks." - Mike, western Colorado

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#8 posted 01-05-2019 05:04 AM

I bought the Irwin 30-piece carbide-tipped router bit set from Lowe’s ($99 or $90 w/ veterans discount) under the premise that it gave me a nice variety of bits to begin working with at a reasonable price ($3 per bit) and as I found what I use the most of and as a bit wears, I would replace it with a higher quality bit (Whiteside or otherwise). Thus far the Irwin’s have performed well.

-- ~Art~

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