Looking for a Router Bushing kit for my Dewalt DW616

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Forum topic by Allanwoodworks posted 04-11-2013 05:33 PM 3713 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-11-2013 05:33 PM

Topic tags/keywords: router bushing dewalt dw616 template


I need to get a bushing kit for my Dewalt DW616. Anyone know what is a good kit to get started with that will fit this unit. It looks to me that there are two different kinds, one for all routers and one for porter cable units. Could any of you clear up what is a good set up for this? Thanks in advance.


-- Ty, Up in Washington

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#1 posted 04-11-2013 06:05 PM

I’ve seen and used a bunch of sets from different manufacturers.. and as far as I can tell, they all come from the same factory in China and just get thrown into different boxes as they leave :) In the rare event that your routers base plate doesn’t allow them to fit correctly, it’s fairly trivial to get a proper base plate or even make one of your own. Cheapest sets I have found is at HF, where you can get them for around $10 when on sale and they come in a nice molded plastic storage case.


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#2 posted 04-11-2013 06:21 PM

You’ve misinterpreted what you seen, slightly. Most of these are made to fit a 1 3/8” lipped hole in the router sub plate, and those are sometimes referred to as Porter Cable type. If a router doesn’t have the right size hole the company will usually sell an adapter that does so. I’m guessing yours is set up for the 1 3/8” bushings based on the pics at Amazon. That said, I would get a set that are brass (some are steel, can be hard on bits) and make sure the set has barrels on the bushings that are slightly less than 1/4”. For some reason some are marketed with longer barrels on the larger bushings. The HF set is made that way. You can cut them down, or just buy a set that comes that way. The reason the shorter barrels are useful is that you can use 1/4” MDF for templates, which typically gives you more reach with the bits. With the longer barrels, you have to use a thicker one…life is just easier with the shorter barrels.

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#3 posted 04-12-2013 01:46 AM

The woodcraft set linked to by Fred works great; I have two sets.
I also have 2 616’s. They’re great little routers without the variable speed problems of the 618’s. It will fit standard bushings just fine.

I’d wait for a sale though; $40+shipping is way too much. Alternatively, get them from amazon. Same set, different label on the box and much cheaper.

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#4 posted 04-14-2013 03:34 PM

I should have mentioned to wait for a sale…that normal Woodcraft price is their usual blackmail. Even on sale they aren’t as cheap as the ones on Amazon.

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#5 posted 04-14-2013 10:00 PM

Don’t know about the Dewalt, but I use the Shop Fox Kit on my Bosch and very pleased.
Check em out here…

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#6 posted 04-15-2013 04:13 PM

Hey guys,

Thanks for all the information. I think Ill pick up a set on Amazon.

-- Ty, Up in Washington

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