|Review by TheDane||posted 06-01-2011 05:48 PM||8606 views||0 times favorited||12 comments|
When I bought my DeWalt DWP611PK router (which I love), I didn’t order any of the accessories for it.
But, after such positive experiences with the router itself, I decided to give the accessories a shot as well.
DeWalt offers four accessories for the DWP611PK … edge guides for both the fixed base and plunge base, as well as dust collection adapters for both.
I haven’t had enough opportunity to use the edge guides (DNP618 for the fixed base, DW6913 for the plunge base) to give them a fair review, but I have had enough use of the dust collection accessories to comment on them.
I have never been very impressed with dust collection accessories for hand-held routers … dust collection attachments for my other routers were clumsy to use, obstructed the view of the work surface, required tools to attach/detach, and generally resulted in quite a bit of dust and debris in the air and around the work area.
By contract, these both do a superb job. They are easy to attach/detach (using easy to manage thumb screws), take standard 1.25” hoses, and are clear plastic so they don’t obstruct your view. And they do a terrific job of removing debris from the surface you are routing without cluttering the work area.
I did a bunch of template routing last week (routing tracks for tambours on some cabinets I am building for holiday gifts) with the plunge base. The DNP616 fully encloses the area around the bit inside the plunge base, and despite plowing through a bunch of hard maple, no dust made it to the bench and the work surface remained clear.
I had a similar experience with the DNP615 in the fixed base routing rabbets inside a door frame. The dust collection attachment essentially turns the router base into a closed chamber so there is virtually no place for dust to escape.
Fellow LJ Gord Graff did an excellent review of the DeWalt DWP611PK (see: http://lumberjocks.com/reviews/2066 )... suggest you check out Gord’s review for more info on the router itself.
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