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SMP

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08-11-2021 12:16 AM

got some new projects coming down the pipe that will require a trim router with optional plunge base. i’ve narrowed it down to these two models based on cost and availability. was curious what peoples opinions were on these two.
TIA


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#1 posted 08-11-2021 12:36 AM

I have the dewalt battery version, both bases. Use it everyday at my job. It’s a great router. I use flush trim bit, 1/2” bushing guide bit, 1/8” Down shear, table edge and slot cutter.

Power is good. Easy to change bits. Led light, easy to change bases.

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#2 posted 08-11-2021 12:54 AM



I have the dewalt battery version, both bases. Use it everyday at my job. It’s a great router. I use flush trim bit, 1/2” bushing guide bit, 1/8” Down shear, table edge and slot cutter.

Power is good. Easy to change bits. Led light, easy to change bases.

- CWWoodworking

Awe man, i get analysis paralysis, i don’t need a 3rd option! lol

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#3 posted 08-11-2021 01:06 AM


I have the dewalt battery version, both bases. Use it everyday at my job. It’s a great router. I use flush trim bit, 1/2” bushing guide bit, 1/8” Down shear, table edge and slot cutter.

Power is good. Easy to change bits. Led light, easy to change bases.

- CWWoodworking

Awe man, i get analysis paralysis, i don’t need a 3rd option! lol

- SMP

The battery version is the same as corded. Same bases.

I know I’m in the minority, but I wouldn’t even consider a corded trim router.

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SMP

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#4 posted 08-11-2021 01:38 AM


The battery version is the same as corded. Same bases.

I know I’m in the minority, but I wouldn’t even consider a corded trim router.

- CWWoodworking

I’m all for having no cord. I was super stoked when I got the first cordless router made by PC back in the 90s. it just sucked when the batteries went obsolete. i find corded tools are lifetime(for me), whereas cordless tools usually live about 5-6 years due to one reason or another. i’ll still consider it as I am also buying/making all the stuff to redo my own battery packs. problem now is I went to Lowes just now and the only had corded fixed base trim routers in stock. New bosch, old bosch, dewalt. no cordless at all except some really odd bosch, and no kits with plung base. i’ll have to check HD in the next couple days.

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#5 posted 08-11-2021 01:52 AM

5-6 years is not really accurate unless you are doing this full time. I have roughly 1300$ in dewalt 20v tools. I use and abuse and abuse them again. They hold up as good or better than the corded versions. My battery sander has lasted longer than 2 corded ridgid and 1 ryobi combined. The dewalt sander was 100$, those 3 corded sanders combined were roughly 200$

Some refer to dewalt switching from 18 to 20v. They have supported the 18v system for like 20-30 years now and are still available today.

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#6 posted 08-11-2021 01:55 AM


5-6 years is not really accurate unless you are doing this full time. I have roughly 1300$ in dewalt 20v tools. I use and abuse and abuse them again. They hold up as good or better than the corded versions. My battery sander has lasted longer than 2 corded ridgid and 1 ryobi combined. The dewalt sander was 100$, those 3 corded sanders combined were roughly 200$

Some refer to dewalt switching from 18 to 20v. They have supported the 18v system for like 20-30 years now and are still available today.

- CWWoodworking

sorry was just saying what my experience has been with the 90s PC router, 90s ryobi 18v nicad, and some other various “kits” i have gotten over the past 30ish years or so. either batteries have died or charger or tool and its usually cheaper to get a new “kit” than repair. but I am making a battery spot welder and getting some other items to repack my own battery packs. now its a matter of finding something lol!

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#7 posted 08-11-2021 07:11 PM

The DeWalt gets excellent reviews. One downside is the the body diameter which can make it uncomfortable for one-handed use for those that don’t have large hands. FWIW I bought the Makita Trim router that came with a fixed and plunge base…....nice tool.

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#8 posted 08-11-2021 08:05 PM



The DeWalt gets excellent reviews. One downside is the the body diameter which can make it uncomfortable for one-handed use for those that don t have large hands. FWIW I bought the Makita Trim router that came with a fixed and plunge base…....nice tool.

- JIMMIEM

This is true. I personally don’t have an issue, even with a 5ah battery. But it did take a little getting used to. I could see someone with small hands having a problem. This also may depend on what your using it for. I use mine for much more than trimming.

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pintodeluxe

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#9 posted 08-11-2021 08:10 PM

The 611 is really great.

I prefer the 618, but for small jobs limited to 1/4” collet I grab the 611.
I have the 450 pk as well, Porter Cables version of the 611. It’s good too, but no light and no variable speed.
Not sure they make the PC any longer, but they are basically the same tool.

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#10 posted 08-11-2021 08:23 PM

1 thing about my 611 I do not like is it has not flat spot on the shaft for tightening the bit, I much prefer two opposing wrenches vs having to hold the router from spinning, hold the button in, and turn the wrench.

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#11 posted 08-11-2021 08:37 PM



1 thing about my 611 I do not like is it has not flat spot on the shaft for tightening the bit, I much prefer two opposing wrenches vs having to hold the router from spinning, hold the button in, and turn the wrench.

- OldBull

You might be tightening it too much. It really doesn’t have to be tightened to the extreme. Snug it up and go.

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#12 posted 08-11-2021 08:41 PM

I have arthritis, the two wrench method when you gently squeze them together is just easier. By the way, a slot bit got loose on my 611 recently and dug a deep trench in my panel.

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#13 posted 08-11-2021 09:00 PM

Well everyone is probably tired of this picture. I post it every time this subject comes up.

I like the Dewalt 611’s a lot. They fit my hand well (may vary with user). I’d say I have mediums sized hands. The flat spot and the push button never bothered me. If change bits a lot and don’t like it, you can get more routers to lessen the load.

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brtech

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#14 posted 08-11-2021 09:07 PM

I have the older PR20EVSPK Colt router, and the battery version of the Dewalt. So, neither of what you are asking about :(. I got the Bosch a few years ago. It’s a great router. I used it several months ago for a boatload of dado routing and it worked great. I don’t have the plunge base for the Dewalt (yet), but if the fixed base works I will reach for the Dewalt every time because no cord.

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#15 posted 08-11-2021 11:17 PM

Bosch Colt x 2, from way before the others were offering. Basic base has a sucky latch. I can work with it, but it’s evidently driven others off. I’ve not used the DeWalley, but have looked it over quite a few times, and it seems ok. Reviews also seem great. I have the optional plunge base for the Bosch, and it is a good tool with that base. Not sure about the hand thing, mine are large, and I don’t have a problem with fixed base, or the plunger. I do know if you ask CNC people about routers, for several years the Colts were “THEE” router to put into a CNC, unless you were upgrading to liquid cooled. Hard running, long lasting motors. Spindle lock on at least the Colt models, makes for one wrench bit changes, really easy to change.

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