DW618PK 2-1/4 HP Router Combo Kit Review
The DeWalt DW618PK router combo kit comes with a fixed and a plunge base to offer power and versatility
Compact size: A squat motor makes this router hug the worksurface, a bonus for edgeprofiling and hinge-mortising.
Plunge action: As recorded in my field notes, the plunge action was “gorgeous,” had no side-to-side play, and did not auto-lock.
Dust collection: The dust extraction on this tool was top of the heap.
Extras: This kit is also available with a D-handle base, which includes a lock-on trigger and a twist-lock detachable power cord ($265). Although I found I wasn’t a fan of the D-handle for everyday routing, it occurs to me that it could still be used in a router-table setup, which would leave me with plunge and fixed bases.
Depth adjustment: The fixed base on this model has an old-school, rotating ring to adjust motor depth that worked very well and was easy to read.
Bottom line: I like everything about this tool except the lack of a second wrench and the fact that the giant case requires too much fussing to get everything oriented correctly.