Power Tools Dewalt DW618B3E 2 1/4 Hp 3 base router set Reviews

Power Tools Dewalt DW618B3E 2 1/4 Hp 3 base router set Reviews
PutnamEco   November 25, 2009  
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Power Tools Dewalt DW618B3E 2 1/4 Hp 3 base router set Reviews
Model #
DW618M motor pack
DW6184 fixed base
DW6182 plunge base
DW6183 D-handle base
DW6913 Router Edge Guide
1/4" and 1/2" collets
Sub-base concentricity gauge
Large hole sub base
Vacuum adapter
Kit Box
-12-amp motor with variable speed and three bases for versatility and reliability performance -Micro-fine depth adjustment ring for 1/64-Inch adjustments and precision results -Ergonomic design, detachable cordset, and quick-release motor latches for convenience -Weighs 7.2-pounds for easy handling Features: 2-1/4 HP (maximum motor HP), 12.0 Amp electronic variable speed motor provides the power to rout smoothly through the toughest hardwoods Electronic variable speed with full feedback control for constant speed under load from 8,000-24,000 rpm and soft start to reduce start-up torque for enhanced control D-handle incorporates trigger switch with lock-on feature Micro-fine depth adjustment ring provides precise depth adjustments in 1/64" increments and adjusts vertically for a constant switch/cordset location Adjustable, tool-free steel motor cam lock makes depth adjustment and base changes quick and solid-locking Integral, through-the-column dust collection collects 95% of the dust and provides superior bit visibility Quick release motor latches for fast and easy motor pack removal for bit and base changes Detachable cordset offers cordset serviceability and removes the need for a "shorty" cord motor pack Sub-base concentricity gauge included to ensure bit concentricity for best-in-class accuracy Precision machined brass bushings and case-hardened steel guide rods provide a smooth and accurate plunge stroke Spindle lock button allows for single-wrench bit changes Clear, LEXAN sub-base provides enhanced base durability, bit visibility, and accepts standard template guide bushings Rubber overmolded handles and low center of gravity design provide best-in-class comfort, balance, and control Dust-Sealed Switch protects against dust ingestion for longer switch life Heavy-duty, precision machined, die-cast aluminum base and motor housing for durability and low tool weight Nickel plated motor housing for a smooth, long-lasting depth adjustment Right or left switch and cordset location provides the ability to have the switch in your right or left hand Flat top for easy bit and depth changes Self-releasing, long, eight slotted collets for better bit retention and elimination of frozen bits Five position, adjustable turret stop assists in stepped or repeated plunge cuts Micro-fine depth adjustment on plunge base 5/128" per turn for precise routing in veneer and inlays Easy to reach plunge lever and switch for superior control while routing


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A Nice Set with a Couple of Minor Flaws

I don't usually buy yellow tools, but needing a plunge router quickly, so as not to hold up a job,I went to a local big box and picked up the DW618B3 set. Most of my other routers are older models, so I was really surprised by how much I like the soft start feature in this router, it really does make a difference in usability.
bosch dlr165k I really like how the plunge base works, especially how it is of the non auto locking variety, as this seems to speed my ability to produce both keyholes and cabinet shelf pin holes. The D handle base with it's trigger switch also is a boon to speedy edge routing. To bad they include a cheesy stamped steel edge guide. Nowhere near the quality of either the Bosch or Porter Cable edge guides. While the edge guide does work, it does nothing to inspire confidence.
The standard router base holds the router motor quite well. It is easy to adjust the height and fit my hand comfortably. In this base the router has a very low profile.
The motor feels fairly powerful for a mid range tool, it doesn't seem prone to stalling if kept within its limits. the one gripe I have with the motor is that the shaft lock doesn't really lock the shaft. I wouldn't have complained if they did not include this feature, but if they are going to include it, it should work. They only include one wrench, again stamped steel, in this kit. The removable power cord is an additional feature which could come in handy, should you need a quick replacement.
The case is the size of a small suitcase and can be quite tricky to fit everything back into.You probably should pay close attention when you first start removing things.
I have not used the dust collection capabilities of this set (some shrouding and integral ducting is included in the set) preferring to work where dust is not an issue.

Soft start, excellent plunge base
Stamped sheet metal edge guide, non functioning shaft lock
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