I just read a contradicting review of my router.
On hingmy.com, I just read that my new DeWalt DW618, is not good for a router table due to the air flow direction in the motor. It states that air comes in from the motor head, and blows out at the spindle end. Seems this would be better, not worse, for a motor upside down. The reverse of this would mean sucking it in from the spindle end, which seems very bad in an upside down mount.
This same site also reviewed the router with multiple bases, but with the same motor. On one review it states that it is surprisingly able to spin large panel cutter bits, being practically impossible to bog it down, and long routing sessions are not a problem. Then, the same motor in a different base, it says it struggles with long routing sessions, and large cutters push it to its limits, particularly with panel cutters, and feed rate suffers. Those are directly opposite statements about the same motor from the same reviewer. So, I don't feel I can even take that review seriously, despite it being so detailed and well written.
Is there something I'm missing?
The site also said it is not possible to add dust collection to this router after purchase, but I have no doubt at all that I will engineer something that not only works, it will be very effective as well. I've already discovered that I can just order the chip shield for a Bosch 1617 and modify it, and it will just pop right into the DW618 fixed base. I'll get two, and make one into a vac port. Problem solved.
Last edited by Duane Bledsoe; 01-26-2015 at 06:10 AM.