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DeWALT, founded in 1924, is a prominent household name who started with the creation of a universal machine for woodworking and later become well-known for its durable and professional-grade products. They have a vast product line ranging from the radios and work lights to the nail sets and axes.
DEWALT DWP611PK – 1.25 HP Max Torque Variable Speed
First, on the list, we have the DeWALT DWP611PK, which we consider as the best router for woodworking jobs. This router tool comes with a 1.25hp durable motor that delivers the power to meet all the toughest applications. Bit speed can be optimized with the variable speed control feature for changing applications. The range for No Load Speed is 16,000-27,000rpm.
The motor comes with a soft-start feature that provides full-time electronic feedback to maintain motor speed through the cut. If you are looking for something smaller than the DeWALT DWP611PK is the perfect one to start with. This one also comes in the combo kit category. So you can get both a plunge and fixed base for the single purchase. The motor powering 1-1/4 HP is very much sturdy and capable of performing jobs even above its weight class. Along with these efficient features, it also offers wide control over the depth of adjustments.
Two side clips and a quick-release lever are used to switch between the bases. So it comes with very little hassle while changing the bases out when needed. The plunge base works smoothly and the grip with rubber material provides better control. With the spindle lock, changing bits is a snap having multiple catch positions. That will help you not to spin the bit farther before it gets locked.
All in all, this is a very comfortable router for woodworking that has respectable power. For new and regular users, it’s a great palm router for woodworking jobs.
- The motor configuration is 1-1/4 HP, 7.0-amp
- soft-start feature
- Electronic motor feedback available
- Variable speed ranging from 16,000-27,000 RPM
- 1/4-inch collet size
- Fine depth adjustments available
- Come with the Spindle lock
- Dual LED work lights for enlightening the workplace
- This DeWALT router combo kit fixed base and plunge base
- 3-year warranty
DEWALT DW618PK – 12-AMP 2-1/4 HP – Plunge and Fixed-Base
2-1/4 hp, 12-amp configuration for an electronic variable speed motor, you can realize the power it can provide to rout smoothly even through the hardest of woods. The collet size available is both the 1/4-inch and 1/2-inch ones that can provide bit retention and improved versatility. The depth adjustment ring is adjusted vertically and provides precise adjustments in 1/64-inch increments.
DeWALT is one of the most prominent brands, pretty consistent in showing up on most of the lists for ‘best tool’ (in some cases multiple times like we have it here). They have earned the reputation of being a top manufacturer of tools. DW618PK is one of the best woodworking power tools that are easy and also comfortable to use. For this motor with the power of 2-1/4 HP, 12-amp, you can say it is all hog and no bog. They can shred through even the most difficult lumber without any problem.
All this power gets covered up with the excellent soft-start that maintains the power with the electronic motor feedback even when doing any tough wood job. The variable speed reaches as low as 8,000 RPM for running the biggest bits.
If you have to be very precise about the depth adjustment, it can get down to 1/64th and both the 1/4 and 1/2-inch shanks can be used. About dust collection, the DW618PK can perform pretty well.
This may be one of the most expensive routers we have on our list but this combo kit is well justified for its value for the fact that it can be operated as both a fixed base router and also a plunge base router.
- Motor power is 2-1/4 HP, 12.0-amp
- Comes with the soft-start
- Electronic motor feedback is available
- Variable speed ranges from 8,000-24,000 RPM (no load)
- 1/4 and 1/2-inch collet size
- Detailed fine depth adjustments
- Available with spindle lock
- DeWALT router combo kit comes with both the fixed base and the plunge base
- 3-year warranty