Dewalt DW618PK or DW621?

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I am in the market for a new router. These are the two I am thinking about. Each has pros and cons.
Two features that I have to have are 1/2” collet and plunge-able. These have both.

I like how the DW621 has the height adjusting feature built into the left knob. Meaning a slight rotation of the left knob drops the bit down an increment. You can continue until you hit the stop limit.
Also the dust collecting system looks well designed. It also has two parallel sides on the base.

DW618PK comes with fixed and plunge base. Adjustable speed. 1/4 and 1/2 collet. I could use this one in my router table. I wonder if the base will fit the hole pattern in my woodpeckers plate.

Does the DW618PK have the height adjusting feature built into the knob? I don’t think it does but I would like to be wrong on this one.

Any suggestions? Any Complaints about either?

Thanks in advance.

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#1 posted 02-05-2014 06:04 PM

I haven’t used the 618. I had a 621 for many years and I concur
with Pat Warner’s comments here:

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#2 posted 02-05-2014 06:14 PM

The 618 height adjustment is a lever near the handle. It operates smoothly and easily, and locks the height firmly in position. I have never had the height move when I didn’t want it to. I have been tempted by the 621 as well, but it doesn’t offer any real advantage for me over the 618. Some like the twist lock on the 621, but many say it is difficult to get used to.

The 618 has a little more power. Both the fixed base and the plunge base are top quality items. The plunge action is smooth and predictable, and accurate for delicate inlay work, mortises – you name it. The fixed base has a low center of gravity which makes it easy to control. It is the best handling router of my last 6-7 machines (which includes the Bosch 1617, trim routers, and 3 hp beasts). I have the 3 base kit with the D-handle base. The D-handle has an oversized baseplate so I use it for edge profiling. The fixed base does all my half blind dovetails, because it handles so well on the dovetail jig. The plunge base does the mortising and inlay work.

I do not see the flat sides on a router base as an advantage. Both the 621 and the plunge base on the 618 have them. I always use the round side when following a straightedge, because if the router turns slightly, you won’t ruin the dado.

You will probably be satisfied with either choice. Get your hands on them, and that will tell you a lot.

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#3 posted 02-05-2014 06:17 PM

I have had one of these for a long time, a great router. I only use mine with 1/4” bits, I wasn’t aware it would take a 1/2” collet. Not sure I would trust it with bigger 1/2 cutters as it can get bogged down. Depth adjustment is great, just be aware that the fine height adjuster can vibrate out if you’re doing a session of multiple / repeat cuts. The vacuum attachment on the parallel guide is great for dust collection when edge moulding, but the fine adjuster on the fence is a bit awkward.

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#4 posted 02-05-2014 06:22 PM

The ones available in North America come with a 1/2” collet and
a 1/4” collet.

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#5 posted 03-03-2014 04:15 PM

Thank you all for the input.

I went with the DW618pk. I have only had a chance to use it once. I helped my dad countersink some pockets so some hinges would be flush with edge of door. Threw together a jig and used a bushing with the fixed base. It did well. Lower vibration then my Craftsman.

Thanks again.

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