DeWalt have an enduring reputation for making rugged, top-tier tools at extremely reasonable prices. The DWP611PK variable speed router does not break the mold.
To be frank, we could have included several DeWalt routers in these wood router reviews but we wanted to offer as broad a spread as possible so there’s something for everyone.
The DWP611PK makes a smart choice for anyone just starting out and will also serve more experienced woodworkers operating on a budget.
This DeWalt offers you the advantage of both a fixed and plunge base so you can take care of a comprehensive range of applications in one nifty tool. The fixed base is tailor-made for precise measurements. If you need to cut out pieces from a thicker board, the plunge comes fully to the fore. Changing out the base and bits is a cakewalk with the motor pack easily removable.
This router weighs in at a fraction under 5 pounds when you’re using the fixed base. Press the plunge base into commission and you’ll add another pound or so but the DeWalt is still lightweight without compromising build quality or durability. The rubber handles on the plunge base offer superb grip and comfort.
Many trim routers have sub-par motors but the DeWalt boasts a 1 1/4HP unit with variable speed. This is dependable and powerful while allowing you a good deal of flexibility in the applications you can tackle.
The lower speed of 16,000RPM means you’ll just about be able to work with hardwood although it’s still fairly swift for that purpose so work with care and allow time for cooling down. The upper speed of 27,000RPM is impressive.
Another bonus with this motor is its soft start. Not only will this make sure the router lasts longer, it also delivers a consistency of speed throughout the cut perfect for precision work.
The pair of LED lights means you’ll be able to work clearly even in dimmer conditions. The transparent base also helps significantly with visibility so accuracy won’t take a tumble thanks to this thoughtful design.
There are 5 depth stops and 12 spindle locks on the DeWalt. You’ll be able to make plunge strokes of 2 inches. You’ll get 1-½ inches of depth travel with the regular base and a full 2 inches with the plunge base. There’s an integrated depth scale for your convenience.
With the fixed base, an adjustment ring allows you to fine-tune the bit depth changes to a tolerance of 1/64 inch. The plunge base, by contrast, features a rod for making adjustments.
Bit changes are simplified with a large, easily accessible button, shaft lock detents and a spindle lock button.
While you can certainly get hold of cheaper trim routers, when you consider the brand heritage you’re buying into and the first-class functionality across the board, the DeWalt DWP611PKrepresents superb value for money.