Dewalt DWP611PK Review

Dewalt, an American company, is one of the top companies for making powerful tools since the past 95 years. They have manufactured around 200 types of power tools till and are known for making amazing and thoughtful designs.

It is also said that they often use their customer’s feedbacks to upgrade their power tools to deliver the best. And one such tool is the Dewalt DWP611PK router which is found to be the most compact and convenient router in the market.

So, we decided to test the router and give you an in-depth analysis of what you can expect from this wonderful creation by Dewalt.

Bosch 1617EVSPK Wood Router Tool Combo Kit - 2.25 Horsepower Plunge Router & FIXED Base Router Kit with A Variable Speed 12 Amp Motor
  • Versatile: this versatile kit can be used for a broad range of applications, including precise bit plunging, edge forming, slot cutting, laminate trimming and dovetail cutting; making it one of the most widely used routers for woodworking
  • Durability: aluminum construction makes this one of our most durable wood routers yet with wooden handles on a fixed base and a soft grip handle on a plunge base
  • Ease of use: rounded hardwood handles maximize user control
  • Convenient: With the built in constant response circuitry, our 1617EVSPK wood Router will maintain a constant speed throughout the cut, so you get cleaner, more accurate results
  • Kit contents: Includes a plunge base, fixed base, 1/4 inch and 1/2 inch collet chucks, shaft wrench, collet nut wrench, chip shields and carrying case

Initial Thoughts

A compact router with two bases, fixed base and plunge base, Dewalt DWP611PK router gives you versatility and efficiency. Both the bases have an innovative design along with some ergonomic features which help in delivering an amazing performance.

As a result, it works better than most other combo kits which are currently available in the market. And it is quite affordable as well.

And since this combo kit offers a high performance, it can actually be used by anyone in the woodworking industry, beginners and experts alike.

Now, it is small in size but it is still the best in the market and offers you top-line features at your disposal.

Apart from the two bases, you also get features like variable speed setting, soft start, adjustment capabilities, etc. All these features make it one of the best sellers in the market.

And let’s not forget the thoughtful LED lights at the bottom which highlights the project, making it easier to make the cut. Its D-shaped base also helps in visibility and stoutness when making edging cuts. Also, the spring-loaded quick release tab makes it easy to remove the base quickly.

Specifications

Dewalt DWP611PK has an aluminum motor which makes this router both durable and lightweight. And its power button comes with plastic protection from dust and wood pieces. As a result, you don’t have to worry about motor failure or switch failure.

The housing of this router is plastic but the areas with maximum load are built out of high-grade aluminum. And this router features a 7-amp motor of 1.25 horsepower which can easily manage easy to medium tasks.

Another important specification of this router is that it offers variable speed settings. So, you can set your router to a speed between 16000 and 27000 RPM, depending on the requirements of the job.

It also includes two cut-out channels on both the sides of the router. This makes it tremendously simple to line together with the locking needles on the plunge base. As a result, you can control the switch and have it either in front of at the back.

Also, the diameter of the bases are 4 inches and 4 & 3/8 inches which is quite small. But you can make the adjustments with the help of the depth of the cuts.

Bosch 1617EVSPK Wood Router Tool Combo Kit - 2.25 Horsepower Plunge Router & FIXED Base Router Kit with A Variable Speed 12 Amp Motor
  • Versatile: this versatile kit can be used for a broad range of applications, including precise bit plunging, edge forming, slot cutting, laminate trimming and dovetail cutting; making it one of the most widely used routers for woodworking
  • Durability: aluminum construction makes this one of our most durable wood routers yet with wooden handles on a fixed base and a soft grip handle on a plunge base
  • Ease of use: rounded hardwood handles maximize user control
  • Convenient: With the built in constant response circuitry, our 1617EVSPK wood Router will maintain a constant speed throughout the cut, so you get cleaner, more accurate results
  • Kit contents: Includes a plunge base, fixed base, 1/4 inch and 1/2 inch collet chucks, shaft wrench, collet nut wrench, chip shields and carrying case

Fixed and Plunge Base

One of the best features of the Dewalt DW611PK router is that it features two bases: fixed and plunge. The fixed base is the standard base with a locking lever and an adjustment ring. So, you can easily change the router’s position by moving it up or down and get the desired depth of cut for a job.

The fixed base is perfect for edging and trimming stuff. But the plunge base allows you to manage 90% of the woodworking jobs around your shop.

The main purpose of a plunge base is to plunge smoothly, without hanging up as you move it up and down on a wood piece. As a result, you get clean, precise cuts which are usually difficult to achieve when moving a router up and down.

But Dewalt DW611PK works well as a plunge router as well and is quite easy to use. In fact, it also allows you to change the traditional position of the speed dial and the switch when you are operating the router.

This router also features a 5-adjustable turret for controlling the depth by ¼ inch every time. And the rubber handles make it super easy and comfortable to use the router.

It is also super easy and convenient to change the bases. So, you will end up performing a variety of tasks with your router quite efficiently and quickly.

Variable Speed Setting

Another worth mentioning feature of this router is that it offers a variable speed setting. There are 6 speed settings to choose from which range from 16000 to 27000 RPM. And controlling and changing this variable speed is quite easy with the help of the variable speed dial.

So, you can easily choose the maximum speed which is suitable for your job. It also includes an electronic speed control which ensures that your router doesn’t burn out under a load.

You can use the speeds 1 to 3 on large bits and you will have the maximum RPM between 16000 and 20,400 RPM. For the speeds 4 to 6, you will get maximum speeds between 22,600 and 27000 RPM which is perfect for smaller cutters.

Due to the variable speeds available, you can cut through both plastic and wood. As a result, this router is perfect for both DIY hobbyists and professional woodworkers.

Soft Start Feature

Although the motor of this router only has a horsepower of 1.25, it still has a lot of torque and power to handle most jobs. Sure, it is small but it is perfect for small woodworking jobs. Plus, you can always switch between the bases and adjust the base to get the desired depth of cut.

Another great thing about this router is that it has an integrated soft start feature. As a result, there is a decreased torque and stress on the motor when the router starts.

Also read: Bosch 1617EVSPK Router Kit Review 2019

Possible Issues

Although this is a good choice for minor repairs and fixing, its handles aren’t as comfortable as other routers. Also, it doesn’t come with an edgy guide to help you operate the router more efficiently.

But the biggest con of this router is its power cord. The cord doesn’t seem very durable and might need to be replaced after a couple of uses.

Bosch 1617EVSPK Wood Router Tool Combo Kit - 2.25 Horsepower Plunge Router & FIXED Base Router Kit with A Variable Speed 12 Amp Motor
  • Versatile: this versatile kit can be used for a broad range of applications, including precise bit plunging, edge forming, slot cutting, laminate trimming and dovetail cutting; making it one of the most widely used routers for woodworking
  • Durability: aluminum construction makes this one of our most durable wood routers yet with wooden handles on a fixed base and a soft grip handle on a plunge base
  • Ease of use: rounded hardwood handles maximize user control
  • Convenient: With the built in constant response circuitry, our 1617EVSPK wood Router will maintain a constant speed throughout the cut, so you get cleaner, more accurate results
  • Kit contents: Includes a plunge base, fixed base, 1/4 inch and 1/2 inch collet chucks, shaft wrench, collet nut wrench, chip shields and carrying case

Verdict

Overall, this compact router is not at all bad and packs some features that can only be found in a high-end router. So, it is definitely a good choice to consider for low-load jobs.

So, for people who are into some light woodworking and need routers for simple jobs, this router is a good choice. In fact, heavy woodworkers can also use it to perform simple operations on their jobs.