|Review by pintodeluxe||posted 12-14-2010 08:50 PM||4310 views||2 times favorited||9 comments|
I have read the reviews for all brands of routers that appeared in woodworking magazines or online. I have used Hitachi, Freud, Craftsman, Dewalt, and other routers. I have carefully inspected Porter Cable, Ridgid, and Makita.
The fixed base is lower profile than any other 2-1/4 hp router on the market. This low center of gravity helps when forming an edge. The plunge base action is “gorgeous” as described by a fine homebuilding magazine review. The router tied for 1st place with the Bosch 1617. I opted for the Dewalt due to the squat stance. The Bosch has a known power switch problem. The Bosch also uses non-standard template bushings, which is a pain. The Bosch wooden handles felt slippery. The Dewalt handles felt the best of the bunch – large overmolded handles for good control. The Dewalt handles are similar to the Freud handles, very nice. The Bosch also uses two wrenches for changing bits – while the dewalt gives you a choice of a spindle lock or two wrenches.
The cord is detachable and works great. Plunge base locks easily and stays put. One reviewer commented that the plunge lock would vibrate loose – if that is the case then it needs to be adjusted. The turret depth stop on some store floor models is usually loose and sloppy. Mine arrived tight and well-adjusted, with no slop whatsoever.
Plunge base has a flat face for following a straightedge guide. The fixed base is rounded for more surface contact when edge profiling. Dewalt really spent some time engineering this tool.
I use mine exclusively as my hand router, which it excells at. My Freud FT1700 stays in the router table, however I’m sure the Dewalt could pull double duty if needed.
As far as the occasional motor failure – Dewalt has a standard three year warranty, and Lowes offers an extended warranty of 2 additional years for $29. There, problem solved. If it breaks, I will go back and get another one because I love this router!
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