When it comes to construction tools, Dewalt is a leader. One of their hidden gems is their woodworking tools. The DW618PKB is just another reason to love their woodworking side of the business. The router is powerful, quiet and versatile.
A router lets your true creativity come out. It can take a normal piece of wood and turn it into something beautiful. When it comes to fine woodworking, a router is one of those tools that is a must. This brings me to the Dewalt DW618 Router Review.
Dewalt DW618 Router Review Overview
The Dewalt DW618PKB Router is more than just the unit. We will jump into everything that comes in the kit in a bit. First, let's take a step back. The router dates back to 1915. The story is interesting and would recommend reading it on Wikipedia. Lucky for us, Oscar and his son lost a contract with the railroad and now our lives are easier for our woodworking project.
I use routers all the time and own a couple. I have a cordless router, a full-size router, a palm router and this Dewalt router that I am using in my Bosch Router table. So let's take a closer look at this router and why I went with this router for my router table and plunge needs.
Dewalt DW618 Router Review Features
The Dewalt DW618PKB is powered by a 2-1/4 hp, 12 amp motor that is designed for power and speed. The base is a die-cast machined aluminum which means a lither weight router and more durable.
The tool features a soft start and has an electronic variable speed to help maintain speeds under loads. The speed ranges from 8,000-24,000 rpm.
One feature I have not seen on a router, which I am a huge fan of is the detachable power cord.
The router uses a dust-sealed on/off switch. I like how the top is protected for accidental shutoffs while using the tool.
The router features a micro-fine depth adjustment which allows the user to make 1/16″ changes.
The router comes with two collets, a 1/4″ and 1/2″.
The sides are designed with a rubber over-mold handle.
The plunge base also features a micro-fine depth adjustment of 5/128″.
Dewalt DW618 Router Review Performance
I love the power but most importantly, I can't believe how quiet the router is. I am going from an old Porter Cable router which was awesome, but it just got to the point it broke down. The router was extremely loud so it's nice going to a quiet router that can perform.
So far I am loving this router. The router is quiet and powerful. I have it attached to my Bosch router table. I see some people have had problems with the build quality such as motor or ring breaking. I have about three hours on the router and so far it has been awesome. I used it for my 4×4 banisters, some custom trim, and a picture frame.
I also love being able to easily take the router from the base on the router table and use the plunge base
I do wish this router had variable speed.
I gave it a 3.5 star for quality, not because I have had any issues, but going online, I am seeing people having problems. However, most people are going to complain about an issue than give praise.
Dewalt DW618 Router Review Value
You can pick the Dewalt DW618PKB up on Amazon for about $190. You can pick it up for cheaper if you don't need the plunge base. For my use, $190 is an awesome deal.
I love the power and love being able to attach it to my router table when needed. However, if I need to plunge with the router, I can leave the base attached and just use the plunge without having to unscrew a base.
Dewalt DW618 Router Review Wrap Up
Overall I love this router. The router is powerful and quiet. The plunge is smooth and easy to work with. I have nothing to complain about except I am a little cautious since I have seen others have some problems with the unit. However, that does seem like it happened rather quickly when they started using it. Since I have two hours of use and no issues, I am sure my router is solid.