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#1 posted 10-31-2008 01:16 PM

I echo Loren’s sentiments. I have used the DeWalt 616 in a router table for a year and 1/2 now and haven’t felt that I needed anything more. I tend to get too agressive with it too, hogging too much at a time, etc.

I bought the 616 based on a few things: it had an absolutely HUGE bearing at the bit end, it should stand up to just about side-load thrown at it; the ability to disconnect the power cord right at the router, disconnecting power when changing bits is more convenient; sealed toggle-type power switch; both 1/2” and 1/4” collets were included; I like two separate wrenches for bit changes over the “shaft-lock” that other routers use.

I don’t know how these features look on the 625 you are looking at, but my 616 is built very well and has performed flawlessly for 1 1/2 years now. It rarely leaves the router table. If the only reason to move to the 625 is more power, I wouldn’t be concerned.

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