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Forum topic by elkevo posted 02-16-2017 01:26 PM 502 views 0 times favorited 16 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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elkevo

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02-16-2017 01:26 PM

Hi all,

For this year’s new woodworking tool, I am getting my first router. I am trying to decide between two popular models – the Dewalt DWP611PK and Bosch 1617EVSPK. I’ve seen a lot of posts that recommend the Bosch and am really tempted to go that way. I’m limited on space, so that is a major consideration, and also this will probably be the only router I own for a few years. Which one will offer me the most flexibility as well as meeting my needs for light to medium use? I’m pretty sure I know the answer, but just the sanity check.

Thanks!

-- Kevin


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#1 posted 02-16-2017 01:38 PM

I would go with the Bosch. They would both probably serve you well for a very long time but I prefer Bosch’s reputation with fine wood working tools.

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#2 posted 02-16-2017 02:14 PM

I just bought my second Bosch 1617EVSPK. I already have one that usually stays in the router table. I had an old PC 690 which I sold recently to buy the second Bosch. The only thing I wish the Bosch had is a spindle lock to make bit changes easier.

I bought the new one at the Woodworking show in St. Louis for $179 as opposed to $219 everywhere else.

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#3 posted 02-16-2017 02:37 PM

I’m limited on space, so that is a major consideration, and also this will probably be the only router I own for a few years.

Hah, bet you can’t just have one. First you need a router for a table, then you need a hand held router, then a plunge router, then a trim router. I’m not sure how many routers I own at this point, I think I’m up to 5. They take up limited space with the exception of a router table. My Bosch is my favorite router, I do not own a Dewalt so I can’t give you a specific comparison. Good luck.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#4 posted 02-16-2017 03:03 PM

Bosch, between the 2 you listed.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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#5 posted 02-16-2017 03:27 PM

I agree that the Bosch is the better choice. The extra HP will be handy occasionally and the 1/2 inch capacity for bit size is a big advantage.

-- Marty O'C

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#6 posted 02-16-2017 03:40 PM

I got the bosch for Christmas and love it

-- -- Dave

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elkevo

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#7 posted 02-16-2017 04:16 PM

Thanks, guys! I was leaning toward the Bosch and the feedback so far has pretty much solidified that choice.

-- Kevin

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#8 posted 02-16-2017 07:22 PM

Bosch would get my vote as well—especially while I had only one router. The fixed base is designed to be table mounted (most other routers use the plunge base in the table). This way, when you do add your first table, you can mount the fixed base in it and use the plunge base for hand held by just swapping the motor. When hand held, a plunge base can work just like fixed base, but a fixed base can never plunge.

This may not make sense today—but one day it will. The week after that—you’ll buy a second one anyway!!
earl

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#9 posted 02-17-2017 01:39 AM

The Dewalt model you should compare the Bosch to is the model 618 rather than the model 611. I have owned that router with the plunge and fixed bases for many years and routed thousands of linear feet. It has just been excellent. I haven’t tried the Bosch so I don’t feel confident in comparing the two.

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playingwithmywood

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#10 posted 02-17-2017 02:10 AM

bad news when you buy one router you will buy many more

but if I had to just get one I would get DEWALT DW618PK 2-1/4 HP Plunge and Fixed-Base Variable-Speed Router Kit

I like this one so much I bought 2 to use with my dovetail jig

for table mounted I recommend the 3+ hp Triton as it live in my router table

the smaller Dewalt is good but only 1/4” bits so I would not start with that one. I like it but it would not solve my needs if it was all I had

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elkevo

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#11 posted 02-17-2017 02:58 AM

Well, the reason I was asking about these two specifically is because they are the ones I was shopping for. I know they are in different classes, but when looking for a first router, these two always seemed to be recommended. I think what I am wanting now is a router in the 2 1/4 hp class, like the Bosch or Dewalt 618. Time to start looking for comparisons on those two and others in that class.

-- Kevin

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#12 posted 02-17-2017 03:26 AM

I have both the routers you mentioned, as well as a couple Dewalt 618 kits.
The Bosch is not a good design, for many reasons (top heavy, slippery handles, difficult to switch bases, poor internal spring mechanism on the quick release).

The 611 is a great router, but it is a compact router. If I could only get one it would be the 618 hands down.
It has a lower stance that makes it much more stable. It mills accurate dovetails and inlays for me, and has been a trustworthy tool.

I have several Bosch tools that are great, but as far as routers I never reach for the Bosch. Just my personal observation.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#13 posted 02-17-2017 03:32 AM

The mid-sized Bosch to get is the MRC23 a big improvement over the 1617. The 611 is an excellent compact router but it wouldn’t be my choice for a single all round router.

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elkevo

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#14 posted 02-25-2017 06:58 PM

So, I’m going to go with the Dewalt 618. Does the DW618PK include the centering cone? I’ve seen sites where it is included and ones where it is not. Do I need it? Also, what are some necessary accessories I should be considering?

-- Kevin

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playingwithmywood

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#15 posted 02-26-2017 04:22 AM



So, I m going to go with the Dewalt 618. Does the DW618PK include the centering cone? I ve seen sites where it is included and ones where it is not. Do I need it? Also, what are some necessary accessories I should be considering?

- elkevo

depends what you are doing unless you are having to drill your router plate you should not need it

and congrats on the 618 you should like it alot the other thing I do not know if it was mentioned but I like how the cord unplugs

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