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OgrePSU

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03-03-2020 11:38 PM

Help me decide, I am torn between the Bosch 1617 and the Dewalt DWP611.

Mainly used for outdoor furniture projects, and some inside cabinet work.


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LittleBlackDuck

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#1 posted 03-03-2020 11:51 PM

Look at a Fe$tool OF 1400 EQ-F-Plus router… If you can afford one of those, you can buy both the Bosch and DeWalt… one can never be satisfied with just the one router (even a two-in-1)...

Sorry ”Shrek”, being a Fe$tool adict, I cannot help you decide but only suggest more expensive solutions.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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489tad

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#2 posted 03-04-2020 12:39 AM

I have the DeWalt. No complaints.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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JackDuren

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#3 posted 03-04-2020 12:49 AM

I would buy the Bosch. I could find several routers I would buy and none are Festool before the Dewalt amd I have several Dewalts…...

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MrUnix

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#4 posted 03-04-2020 01:13 AM

I do a lot of template work, so I dislike the non-standard opening size on the Bosch – and deplore their solution for the snap in guides, which I have found to be less than ideal. I toasted my decades old router a few months ago and was trying to decide between routers as you are – when a basically brand new Dewalt DW618PK (fixed and plunge) kit showed up on my local CL for $40 – and even included the alignment cone and pin which they don’t ship with any longer. Moral of the story – keep an eye out on your local buy/sell websites (CL, Facebook Marketplace, etc…) and maybe visit a local pawn shop or two. They are all over the place.

Oh – I do really like the Dewalt BTW ;-)

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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EllenWoodHead

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#5 posted 03-04-2020 01:26 AM

Those are two different routers, and both are good. The Bosch is regular size, and the DeWalt is compact and less powerful. You might like the DeWalt to use one-handed and in tight spaces.


Look at a Fe$tool OF 1400 EQ-F-Plus router… If you can afford one of those, you can buy both the Bosch and DeWalt… one can never be satisfied with just the one router (even a two-in-1)...

Sorry ”Shrek”, being a Fe$tool adict, I cannot help you decide but only suggest more expensive solutions.

- LittleBlackDuck

You know how giving is the greater blessing? I’m willing to accept the lesser blessing of receiving—give me one and you will be extra blessed.

-- "wood" and "good" rhyme, but not "food"

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Foghorn

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#6 posted 03-04-2020 02:17 AM

I love my Bosch 1617 combo. The snap in guides work well but are optional as you can use regular guides as well. I use it for many things including with a D4R and for building guitars and in a table as well. I’ve never found it lacking for power or accuracy. I do have two of them as well as a Dewalt laminate trimmer and a Bosch Colt. All good machines.

-- Darrel

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#7 posted 03-04-2020 02:32 AM



I love my Bosch 1617 combo. The snap in guides work well but are optional as you can use regular guides as well. I use it for many things including with a D4R and for building guitars and in a table as well. I ve never found it lacking for power or accuracy. I do have two of them as well as a Dewalt laminate trimmer and a Bosch Colt. All good machines.

- Foghorn


+1 on the Bosch. And they are bullet proof so they can be found used on CL for a good price. That way you can buy 2 as you can never have too many. I have a PC that lives in the table that hasn’t seen the light of day in 5 years plus the 1617 and a small Dewalt.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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BattleRidge

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#8 posted 03-04-2020 02:40 AM

I have the Dewalt DWP611PK and it has been a great tool – I wouldn’t hesitate to buy it again. I have used it for a multitude of projects including with the Porter Cable dovetail jig, sign making and a variety of other activities. I also have an older Craftsman router that I keep in the portable router table for use there.

-- ~Art~

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JackDuren

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#9 posted 03-04-2020 02:46 AM

I use the small router for laminate,veneer,pattern and small radious work and the regular size routers for general routing. The 3+hp routers in the table.

So… the small dewalt mentioned isn’t an all in one router….

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Andybb

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#10 posted 03-04-2020 02:53 AM


So… the small dewalt mentioned isn t an all in one router….

- JackDuren


+1 Only takes 1/4” shanks. 1/2” shank is needed for most heavy duty routing.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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Woodmaster1

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#11 posted 03-04-2020 02:58 AM

I have 2 Bosch 1617, 2 porter cable 690’s, 31/4 hp Triton, Bosch colt, and skill router. The Bosch 1617 is a great router and for the guide bushing you can use the base plate from the pc 690 works fine on the Bosch same hole pattern. So get the Bosch and a porter cable 690 base plate and you are good to go.

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therealSteveN

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#12 posted 03-04-2020 03:42 AM

I have the Bosch, and it is relegated to one bit, and it’s on an edge guide. Not my favorite router.

I have a passel of edge trimmers, and never got the DeWalt.

I agree with what a few others were saying. First order of business is you need to make a choice, if you are going to just get one router. Do you want a trimmer, or a full size router?

Is the plan all hand held, or are you thinking of a router table?

Once you have a plan of use, ask for suggestions on a good router for that use. I guarantee you’ll get better info.

-- Think safe, be safe

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mel52

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#13 posted 03-04-2020 03:47 AM

I have two Bosch 1617 combos ( one older and the other new ), and have no complaints yet. Mel

-- MEL, Kansas

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OgrePSU

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#14 posted 03-04-2020 01:06 PM

Thanks for your suggestions, looks like I should just save up and buy both lol. eventually I will be building/buying a router table. So maybe thats not a bad deal.

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JackDuren

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#15 posted 03-04-2020 01:18 PM



Thanks for your suggestions, looks like I should just save up and buy both lol. eventually I will be building/buying a router table. So maybe thats not a bad deal.

- OgrePSU

Start with the Bosch or a full size router with a plunge base.. This way your not limited.a small router and a small 1/4 collet. A small router with a 1/4 collet without the plunge base I under $100 for a good one.

I’m stuck in PC 690 router kits but they have served me well as many older ones have…

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