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Forum topic by pintodeluxe posted 10-18-2012 06:11 PM 2261 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-18-2012 06:11 PM

Topic tags/keywords: router routers plunge router plunge dewalt dewalt 621 621

Any thoughts on the Dewalt 621 would be appreciated. I am using the 618 now, which works great. The 621, as a dedicated plunge router offers power switch and plunge lock on the handles, which seems like a good idea. Only negative reviews I found stated the power trigger safety lock was tricky to use. I imagine you get used to it once in regular use.

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#1 posted 10-18-2012 08:07 PM

I have one of those. I rate it 4/5.
The pluses for me are:
Dust collection is very good through the plunge column once the clear plastic attachments are in place.
The fence has an attachment for dust collection for edge routing which also works very well.
The collet and collet nut have never presented any issues.
The depth adjustment and fine adjuster are really accurate – I wish all my routers had the same arrangement.
Good, long, rubberised flex.
Visibilty at the front end of the bit is good.

The minuses:
You can bog it down
The magnet which forms part of the speed control on top of the armature falls off – this apparently is a known issue with this model.
The fine adjuster on the fence is useless (unless mine is bent).
The cheeks on the fence are fitted with torx screws and the fence won’t go back in the case with cheeks extended.
The trigger lock does take a little getting used to, but once you’ve mastered it, presents no problems and works.
The base is unusual, you have to fit a ‘Unibase’ for some jigs and bushings.

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#2 posted 10-18-2012 08:30 PM

I had one for several years. It’s an excellent mid-size
plunge router. The trigger is a bit funky to operate but
you learn pretty quick.

Dust collection is one of its better features. You can
sling the hose over your shoulder. Like most plungers,
it’s a bit tippy. You can stabilize it by adding a lager
sub-base.

Black and Decker has a patent on the through-the-post
dust collection which is why it only shows up on
routers sold by B&D and its subsidiaries.

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#3 posted 10-18-2012 09:02 PM

IMHO, it offers no advantage over the 618 in a plunge base except the trigger and lock (if those are even advantages to you). I have and love 3 of the dw6182 plunge bases and dw616 motors. I had 2 618’s but the magnetic speed control rings broke on both. For my plunge routing I don’t need variable speed, hence the 616 motors. The 6182 plunge base is the best out there.

I like being able to remove the motor for changing bits too.

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#4 posted 10-24-2012 07:40 PM

I bought the 618 in the 3 base kit – mainly for the fixed base. But I really like that plunge base, in fact it is the one I use most.

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

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