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DeWalt 2-1/4 HP Multibase Router Kit

WOOD magazine rating
Average reader rating
4.0
out of 5
Brand:
DeWalt
Model:
DW618B3
Price:
$260

Description

• 2-1/4 HP, 12-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.
• Integral, through-the-column dust collection collects 95% of the dust to provide superior bit visibility.
• Quick release motor latches for fast and easy motor pack removal for bit and base changes.
• Detachable cord offers serviceability and removes the need for a "shorty" cord motor pack.
• Precision machined brass bushings and case-hardened steel guide rods provide a smooth and accurate plunge stroke.
• Spindle lock button allows for single-wrench bit changes.
• Clear subbase provides enhanced bit visibility and accepts standard template guide bushings.
• Rubber overmolded handles and low center of gravity design provide best-in-class comfort, balance, and control.
• 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.
• Right or left switch and cordset location provides the ability to have the switch in your right or left hand.
• Flat motor top for easy bit and depth changes.
• Self-releasing, long, 8-slotted collets for better bit retention and elimination of frozen bits.
• 5-position, adjustable turret stop assists in stepped or repeated plunge cuts.
• Micro-fine depth adjustment on plunge base 5/128" per turn for precise routing in veneer and inlays.
• Easy to reach plunge lever and switch for better control while routing.

• Amps: 12
• Horsepower: 2-1/4
• No-Load Speed: 8,000-24,000 rpm
• Collet Diameter: 1/2", 1/4"
• Plunge Stroke: 2-1/2"
• Depth Stop: Micro-fine depth adjustment ring
• Base Dimension: 6"
• Spindle Lock: Yes
• Tool Weight: 10.1 lbs

INCLUDES:
• DW618M motor pack
• DW6184 fixed base
• DW6182 plunge base
• DW6183 D-handle base
• 1/4" and 1/2" collets
• Wrench
• Large hole subbase
• Vacuum adapter
• Storage case

WOOD magazine review

3 Bases that fit the same motor

Review Summary

High Points: For the same or lesser price of other two-base kits, you get three bases: regular fixed and plunge as well as a D-handle fixed base. The quick-connect power cord removes easily for changing bits or repacking in the case.
Comes with three interchangeable subbases: two with openings sized for Porter-Cable-style guide bushings and one for larger bits. Low Points: The variable-speed dial shows only unintuitive “1” through “6” increments, and is mostly blocked by the tall dust-collection handle. The microadjuster on the plunge base has no markings, so it’s difficult to gauge how much you move it. More Points: Effective dust collection is built into one handle on the plunge base, but no dust collection is available on the fixed bases.

Detailed Ratings

4.5
out of 5

Performance

4

Features

5

Ease of Use

4

Value

5

Reader Reviews

Good router but!!!!

Review Summary

Seems to be a good combo but needs some work , first time I used it for about five min, and jumped to full speed and speed selector would not work. when started back on another day same thing. Called Dewalt and should have know problem getting repaired under warranty just the hassel. The bit lock button is a joke but still I fill a good kit for someone needing some versatillity without breaking the bank.

Detailed Ratings

2.8
out of 5

Performance

3

Features

2

Ease of Use

2

Value

4

DeWalt combo pack

Review Summary

I bought this to use for larger projects off my router table. A supplement to my 3hp table model.
It took a little getting used to the fixed base as I had only used plunge routers. I've used all 3 configurations and the package rates higher than my Ryobi or Hitachi routers. I suggest bypassing the shaft lock button and use 2 wrenches instead. I appreciate the fact that the unit comes with a 1/4" & 1/2" collet, each having its own nut. I would recommend the package to anyone wanting a second router.

Detailed Ratings

4.5
out of 5

Performance

4

Features

5

Ease of Use

4

Value

5

The Plunge Base is Top Notch

Review Summary

Well I bought this kit thinking the fixed base would get most of the use, however I find myself using the plunge base quite often. With an inlay kit(fits standard P.C. style bushing guides), this router will cut flawless butterfly and circle inlays. Plunge action is smooth, with just the right amount of spring tension. There is no slop in the plunge mechanism, and the plunge base offers through-the-tube dust collection ---> a Dewalt and co. exclusive.
The tube is large enough to handle dust and chips with a standard shop vac. In practice, I don't always use the dust collection. If I have the router inboard on the workpiece I will use the d.c., however I skip it for edge profiling because dragging the hose around could tip the router. This is not an afterthought - this plunge router is comparable to the best dedicated plunge routers I have used. Not all combo kits can claim that. Some plungers are sticky, and tough to use - but the Dewalt 618 is smooth and predictable. This seems to be common on the Dewalt plungers, perhaps due to the brass phospherus plunge guides. As far as power, it is exceptable. I use a 13 amp Freud router in the table, but the Dewalt handles exerything else. Unless you are raising panels all day long, this router will handle your needs from general construction to fine furniture building. I think the 618 strikes a great balance between lightweight / good ergonomics, and good power. You need to consider if a combo kit is right for you. You may prefer a dedicated plunge router (Dewalt 621, Bosch 1613 which both offer handle mounted switches)and a dedicated table router (Freud FT1700, Triton which both offer full above-the-table adjustments). Or you could start with this kit and buy a second motor later. I could see this working well as a table router because of how easy it is to switch bases, but as I said I use the Freud as a dedicated table router. In response to the reviewer that didn't like the collet lock button - the shaft is also milled for use with two wrenches, so that isn't a problem. The best collet lock systems allow you to flip a lever so the shaft stays locked until you are done changing bits. Freud and Craftsman offer that style of collet lock. I have cut half blind dovetails, inlays, dados, chamfers, and hinge mortises with this router. Dovetails and inlays are what truly test the accuracy of a router, and the Dewalt came out with flying colors. If I could only have one router, this would be it (because it's really three).

Detailed Ratings

4.8
out of 5

Performance

5

Features

5

Ease of Use

5

Value

4

Great plunge router but.......

Review Summary

the weak link is the speed selector. It is widely know that it go out at any time. Mine is still working but I am waiting on the day it will happen. It is a shame because I love how smooth the plunge base is. This is my favorite router. I also like the detatchable cord. My D-handle base has a pretty long delay from when I pull the trigger and the motor starts up. I don't know if that is normal. The good thing is that the 616 non vs router will fit in the bases.
If my router goes out I will buy a 616 and continue using the plunge base.

Detailed Ratings

4.0
out of 5

Performance

3

Features

5

Ease of Use

5

Value

3

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