DeWalt 2-1/4 HP Fixed Base D-Handle Router #DW618D

Average reader rating
out of 5


• 2-1/4 HP (maximum motor HP), 12.0 Amp electronic variable speed motor provides the power to rout smoothly through the toughest hardwoods
• Electronic variable speed with full feedback control for constant speed under load from 8,000-24,000 rpm and soft start to reduce start-up torque for enhanced control
• D-handle incorporates trigger switch with lock-on feature
• Micro-fine depth adjustment ring provides precise depth adjustments in 1/64" increments and adjusts vertically for a constant switch/cordset location
• Adjustable, tool-free steel motor cam lock makes depth adjustment and base changes quick and solid-locking
• Quick release motor latches for fast and easy motor pack removal for bit and base changes
• Detachable cordset offers cordset serviceability and removes the need for a "shorty" cord motor pack
• Clear, LEXAN sub-base provides enhanced base durability, bit visibility, and accepts standard template guide bushings
• Two position, rubber overmolded handle and low center of gravity design provide best-in-class comfort, balance, and control
• Spindle lock button allows for single-wrench bit changes
• Dust-Sealed Switch protects against dust ingestion for longer switch life
• Heavy-duty, precision machined, die-cast aluminum base and motor housing for durability and low tool weight
• Nickel plated motor housing for a smooth, long-lasting depth adjustment
• Flat top for easy bit and depth changes
• Self-releasing, long, eight slotted collets for better bit retention and elimination of frozen bits

Reader Reviews

D handle base makes routing a pleasure.

Review Summary

I use the Dewalt 618 with the D handle base for edge profiling, and rabbeting operations. I keep the large-opening baseplate on the D handle base at all times. I use bushing guides in the fixed and plunge bases. One nice feature is the locking power trigger on the handle. This helps with safety and control. The D handle and the mushroom handle are not directly across from each other, they are mounted at a shallow "V" angle (as viewed from the top).
This helps direct pressure onto your workpiece when edge profiling. I think I still would prefer an offset base for best control. When changing bits, you have the option of a push-button spindle lock, or use two wrenches. I prefer the two wrench method. The top of the router is flat, so you can easily set it upside down when changing bits. This router also is available with plunge and fixed base. The plunge base offers dust control. The 618 is one of the smallest, lightest routers in the 2-1/4 hp class. In the fixed and D handle mode, it also offers a low, squat stance so it never feels top-heavy. After using many routers from laminate trimmers to 3hp beasts, I can fully recommend this router. 5 stars.

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