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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-26-2015, 07:06 AM Thread Starter
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Default 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.

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It doesn't sound to me like that review is worth anything at all, so I wouldn't be concerned about it.
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Every post, be it a review or just a post on a forum is just someone expressing their opinion. There's always someone who doesn't like something. Make your decisions not by a single review, but by the ratio of good reviews to bad reviews.

I think the DeWalt 618 is a great router. I liked the first 3 base kit so much that I now have a second 3 base kit. I have 7 other routers of different brands, sizes, and models, but I reach for one of the 618's more often than any of the others.

There, now you have a 50-50 balance between good and bad reviews.

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+1 for the DW618, use it for plunge routing and fixed base in router table...no issues.
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+2 for the DW618. Have the 3 base kit. Really like the D handle. Use it mostly in a table. What's the definition of a long routing session?
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Duane, A review is just an opinion based on observation, experience, history, and blah blah blah. The only thing that matters is what you make of it. Use your best judgement and you will be right.
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It is a very good router and you should buy it if you like it. I own one and have absolutely no complaints.
I find that reading reviews is a joke because a person can go nuts reading all the varying and confusing opinions.
I always get a big laugh when someone posts a question about something and then people reply and say "they don't know" or don't own what you are asking about.

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Some of the negative reviews are written by people who can't successfully use a screwdriver to drive a screw. In some reviews you can spot them by things they say about the product. I would put more faith in the reviews you got here because you know that these guys know how to use a router.

As far as I know all routers blow air from through the router and out the spindle end as a way to keep the windings cleaner. I'm not familiar with the 618 or know what accessories are available for it but if you close in the area around the bit on your fence and hook a dust vac to it it will do a pretty good job of collecting dust. Quite a few commercial tables are set up this way. I made my own fence and boxed that area in and then used a Forstner bit to drill a hole in the back the size of my vac hose nozzle and it worked really well.

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I do plan to build a router table, and it will have dust collection just like you mentioned. I had a small table with a shop made fence and dust collection just like that already, and I just sold it along with my other two routers, just so I could purchase the DW618 fixed and plunge base combo kit. So far, this router has seriously impressed me with its build quality. Much better than what I had. I wish it had come with a simple, uncomplicated edge guide like the ones I sold had, but I'll either find one or build one.

Does anyone know if the edge guides that the Craftsman routers use would fit the DeWalt? I could just order one. I don't really want one that is complex with a vac port and other movable parts like the one DeWalt offers. I just want a simple folded sheet metal design with two rods that I can slide in and twist lock with thumb screws.

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Does anyone know if the edge guides that the Craftsman routers use would fit the DeWalt? I could just order one. I don't really want one that is complex with a vac port and other movable parts like the one DeWalt offers. I just want a simple folded sheet metal design with two rods that I can slide in and twist lock with thumb screws.
Hi Duane, DeWalt does make a simple edge guide specifically for the 618.
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004AJB2UO/...alt+618+router

I bought the 618 and the 611 with separate edge guide but have not been able to use them yet.

Cheers!!!

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