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My name is Paul and I am new to this forum and really looking forward to being a part of this community.

I just purchased my first router, the DW618B3 kit with the 3 bases and was really excited when it came, however I am puzzled at why they put the rod openings for the auxillary fence at a right angle to the D-handle? Could someone explain this to me? I had envisioned using the D-handle as leverage to keep the base flat on the stock as I edge routed but, now it seems like it will be in a much less stable configuration, having to twist my wrists to maintain full contact. The plunge base rod openings are not configured perpendicular to the handles, but the D-handle is. This just seems so awkward. Is there any way around this?

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Indeed D-handled routers are monsters with edge guides; all of them. Use the fixed base casting or maybe even the plunger.
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Hi Paul

Take a real hard look at your D Handle base and others they all are made the same way " right angle holes to the D Handle," it's made that way, so you can push or pull the router along the edge the norm with the edge guide in place.
If the holes are in line with the D Handle it would make it very hard to use..

http://www.sears.com/shc/s/search_10...le+router+base

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Hello everyone,
My name is Paul and I am new to this forum and really looking forward to being a part of this community.

I just purchased my first router, the DW618B3 kit with the 3 bases and was really excited when it came, however I am puzzled at why they put the rod openings for the auxillary fence at a right angle to the D-handle? Could someone explain this to me? I had envisioned using the D-handle as leverage to keep the base flat on the stock as I edge routed but, now it seems like it will be in a much less stable configuration, having to twist my wrists to maintain full contact. The plunge base rod openings are not configured perpendicular to the handles, but the D-handle is. This just seems so awkward. Is there any way around this?

I look frward to your collective wisdom and being a contributor to this forum (once I get smarter about this stuff).



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Thanks for the replies. The Sears link shows the Porter Cable 691 (it looks like they are calling it a C. R. Lawrence) and it has the fence openings in line with the lefthand knob, which seems like a more natural position being able pull towards the wood and down on it while still pushing with the D-handle. I do get your point that the other manufacturers have the same setup as the DeWalt's D-handle but, the 621 shown on Pat Warner's site uses the plunge base for his edge guide and it (as well as my 618's plunge base) has the openings in line with the handles vs the pushing/pulling arrangement that was described.
I guess sometimes it's ok and other times it's not. I don't know, it doesn't make any sense to me, but I guess is somthing I'll have to get used to.
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I don't use the edge guide most of the time but it's easy to setup on any router..
I'm sure once you used the D-Handle a time or two you will like it.. and you will see why they made it that way..
I will say I like the Craftsman the best, it has a very short cord on it..that the router motor just plugs into it.
The real plus with the Craftsman D-Handle it can be used in the router table if you don't want to use for the D-Handle jobs, it has a lift kit built in to it..

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Thanks for the replies. The Sears link shows the Porter Cable 691 (it looks like they are calling it a C. R. Lawrence) and it has the fence openings in line with the lefthand knob, which seems like a more natural position being able pull towards the wood and down on it while still pushing with the D-handle. I do get your point that the other manufacturers have the same setup as the DeWalt's D-handle but, the 621 shown on Pat Warner's site uses the plunge base for his edge guide and it (as well as my 618's plunge base) has the openings in line with the handles vs the pushing/pulling arrangement that was described.
I guess sometimes it's ok and other times it's not. I don't know, it doesn't make any sense to me, but I guess is somthing I'll have to get used to.


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