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DeWalt 1-1/4 HP Compact Router DW611PK

WOOD magazine rating
Average reader rating
5.0
out of 5
Brand:
Dewalt
Model:
DW611PK
Price:
$179

Description

• Compact, lightweight design enables comfortable and assured control in any routing application.
• Durable 1.25-HP motor delivers more power than other compact routers.
• Soft-starting motor features full-time electronic feedback that maintains motor speed through the cut.
• Dual LED lights and clear subbase ensure maximum visibility in operation.
• Variable speed control feature enables bit speed to be optimized for changing applications.
• Adjustment ring enables controlled bit depth changes to within 1/64". Depth ring and clamping mechanism combine to ensure motor remains locked in position.
• Low-pressure spindle lock button allows for comfortable, single wrench bit changes.
• Multiple shaft-lock detents enable quick and simple bit changes.
• Plunge base has a fine-tune adjustment rod for precise depth setting.
• Motor can be transitioned quickly and easily between fixed and plunge bases.
• 5-position adjustable turret enables stepped or repeated plunge cuts.
• Up to 1.5" of depth travel with fixed base and 2" with plunge base.
• Overmolded rubber handles provide a comfortable and secure grip (plunge base only).
• Aluminum motor housing and base construction provides long term durability.
• 4" diameter subbase accepts universal template guides (fixed base only).
• Plunge base platform provides added stability for heavier applications and subbase accepts universal template guides.
• Extended 8-slot 1/4" collet maximizes surface contact with router bit shank for a tighter grip.

• Amps: 7
• Horsepower: 1.25
• No Load Speed: 16,000-27,000 rpm (variable)
• Collet Diameter: 1/4"
• Plunge Stroke: 2"
• Depth Stops: 5
• Base Dimension: 4" (standard); 4-3/8" x 5 3/4" (plunge)
• Tool Weight: 4.1 lbs (fixed); 6.2 lbs (plunge)

WOOD magazine review

Palm-size router kit is a hit that fits

Review Summary

A lightweight plunge router is perfect for delicate jobs, such as hinge mortises and inlays. DeWalt delivers that and more with this compact router kit. At 1-1⁄4 hp, it has more power than a trim router at half the weight of a midsize router. That makes it nimble for fine work, yet stout enough for many routine routing jobs, such as edge profiles, rabbets, dadoes, and pattern routing. Used with plunge and fixed bases, the motor slips effortlessly from one base to the other.
While using it to rout dadoes and rabbets and keyhole slots for a bookshelf, 1"-deep mortises in table legs, and multiple edge profiles, the DeWalt never bogged down. You get 1-1⁄2" of height adjustment on the fixed base and 2" on the plunge base. The plunge base also has four fixed turret depth stops and one adjustable stop. The DeWalt is a great buy. It has a variable-speed motor (16,000 to 27,000 rpm), LED lights around the collet, and a D-shaped clear-plastic subbase on the fixed base with a bit opening of 1-1⁄2". The plunge subbase has a smaller, molded opening to fit guide bushings; to use guide bushings on the fixed base, though, you’ll need to buy an optional subbase for $8.

Detailed Ratings

5.0
out of 5

Performance

5

Features

5

Ease of Use

5

Value

5

Reader Reviews

DeWalt's 611pk

Review Summary

If you would read Wood's review of the DeWalt's 611pk, it will reflects every aspect of what I found to be true. In using this router right along in making wooden signs now for a couple of months, their thoughts to be spot right on. DeWalt's designers did one super job, in covering the ease of using this small light but very adequately powered, 1/4" shaft router.
From transferring the routers motor from plunge to hand held is literally a snap, with easy to use micro adjustments in the rise & drop of the motor, in both. Now one caveat: to inform you of only one slight draw back. Their small hand held base plate is not drilled/formed to accept any/none (!!!) router bushing. In my research in making my decision, I noticed that the brand Porter Cable is almost a clone to DeWalt's,(different color). And found out thru a post here on Wood,s on line discussion group. That P.C.,s hand base plate, is a drilled to match the DeWalt's base, and has the opening to accept the most often used standard size bushs opening, which ironically is the Porter Cables original bushings. Also I found out the matching sized Rigid's bushing,(Home Depot) is a fit. So if is a requirement for you, you will have to add on to the overall cost, the Porter Cables small base plate. Adding, Look at the above picture. You see where his thumb is on the plunge base release ? Lets say for some reason,, that you would want to view the operation from that side. That motor will lift & reverse and lock into that plunge base 180 degrees turn, to allow that power cord to exit the other side. Out of your way. Next, notice the wide opening that DeWalts designed into that hand held base. When you change your motor from a plunge to that hand held, the two bright LED light shinning down from the bottom of that motor onto your work, comes along. When combining these two features for an intricate chore ,,,,Ok,, now you see another reason why, of my touting of this DeWalts 611.

Detailed Ratings

5.0
out of 5

Performance

5

Features

5

Ease of Use

5

Value

5

I use it a lot!

Review Summary

It seems that I use it for 80 - 85 percent of the freehand routing I do. Even with the 1.25 HP motor it doesn't slow down. I also like the small size of the unit, very easy to hold and have control of it while using it. I use my 2.25 HP DeWalt for the router table. My only regret is that I did not get it with the plunge base. I just have the standard base. But that will soon change.

Detailed Ratings

5.0
out of 5

Performance

5

Features

5

Ease of Use

5

Value

5

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