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I have a full size 2 1/4 HP router....DeWalt DW618PK with 3 bases (fixed, plunge, and D handle). I would like to buy a compact router and I'm leaning toward the DeWalt DW611. My question is whether I need the plunge base. I don't do inlay work so I'm wondering if the DW618 plunge would be sufficient to handle my plunge cutting needs e.g. mortising.
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when I added the plunge base to my Colt it was - ''why didn't I do this eons ago''...
the small plunge base routers are worth having...
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when I added the plunge base to my Colt it was - ''why didn't I do this eons ago''...
the small plunge base routers are worth having...
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I'm a Colt fan as well, with a collection of bases. A pleasure to use. I do like the look of the 611, and many folks here like it. To my thinking, the 611's additional half horsepower lets you cut a little deeper per pass. But both take only the smaller shank bits so there's a limit to how big a bit you can use. But man, the small routers are really nice for so many tasks. I doubt you can go wrong with either one. That said, Barb has cussed out her 611 just recently, maybe just a fluke.

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I'm a Colt fan as well, with a collection of bases. A pleasure to use. I do like the look of the 611, and many folks here like it. To my thinking, the 611's additional half horsepower lets you cut a little deeper per pass. But both take only the smaller shank bits so there's a limit to how big a bit you can use. But man, the small routers are really nice for so many tasks. I doubt you can go wrong with either one. That said, Barb has cussed out her 611 just recently, maybe just a fluke.
I realize it's a personal preference thing but the majority of reviews I have seen favor the DeWalt 611 over the Bosch Colt. One comment concerning the DeWalt is that the base can be a little difficult to hold comfortably if you don't have large hands.
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I realize it's a personal preference thing but the majority of reviews I have seen favor the DeWalt 611 over the Bosch Colt. One comment concerning the DeWalt is that the base can be a little difficult to hold comfortably if you don't have large hands.
no on the large hands..
I wear size 3XL gloves...
and the Colt lasts longer and is quieter than the DW.. VOE...
CS/TS is leagues up on DW...
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No issues at all with my Colt. It's a sweet machine that has performed well, for me. Their CS might be great but, I've never needed it.
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Colt 1.0 HP or Colt 1.25 HP?
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Ridgid has a good one too. I have an old style PC,Mikita,Rocky, I keep bits in all of them ready to go on a moments notice,and I use them a lot. I had a Ridgid and loved it, lost it in the fire. The ridgid had the smallest base and was great on small work. Also use my dremel router for really small work.
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