DW618PK 2-1/4 HP Router Combo Kit - Fine Homebuilding Tool Review
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DW618PK 2-1/4 HP Router Combo Kit

DeWalt - DW618PK 2-1/4 HP Router Combo Kit

The DeWalt DW618PK router combo kit comes with a fixed and a plunge base to offer power and versatility

$215.00 (As of 7/1/2009)

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Editor's Review: Tool Test: 2-1/4-hp Router Combo Kits

review date: July 1, 2009

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.

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Editor Test Results:

Overall Rating Very Good
Adjustments N/A
Runout N/A

Manufacturer Specifications


Manufacturer DeWalt
Manufacturer's Web Site www.dewalt.com
Manufacturer's Phone Number 800-433-9258
Weight 10.1 lb.
Dimensions N/A
Horsepower 2-1/4 HP
Speed 8,000-24,000 RPM
Amps 12.0 Amps
Opening at Base N/A
Collet Size 1/2 in. and 1/4 in.
Type N/A
Special Features compact size, dust collection, spindle lock for one wrench bit changes, right or left switch and cordset location, five position adjustable turret stop
Accessories 1/4 in. and 1/2 in. collets, wrench, sub-base concentricity gauge, large hole sub-base, vacuum adaptor, kit box

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