I'm in the process of building a work table that incorporates a track saw and router, similar to the open frame table shown in the video but with a solid MDF top and a moveable fence to the left of the track. The table will be used to cut panels to length and also to cut dadoes across them. Since I've added the mini split to my shop, I've become more aware of the need to control dust so am looking for a router with dust collection.
I see that dust collection can be added to the Bosch 1617 and it is certainly highly recommended on this forum. My first router was a Craftsman - don't know the model as it was stolen when my shop was broken into - but it had a trigger on-off switch in the RH handle. I'm a big fan of the trigger switch on a router - my most used router is a P-C D-handle - as I like the idea of having the controls right there without having to take a hand off the router. For this reason, and based on Pat Warner's recommendation on his web site, I've been looking at the Dewalt 621 router. I watched a "hands-on" review of the router
- the on-off and plunge lock in the handles is, to me, a nice feature
- I was really impressed by how little dust seemed to escape the dust collection feature
- as did the reviewer, I liked the top exit of the dust collection hose and the fact that it swiveled out of the way.
- the small base bothered the reviewer. I would have mine bolted to the carriage of the track router so that wouldn't be a problem, but a base from Pat Warner would solve the tipping problem if used hand-held.
A negative for me were the number of reviews of the 621 that mentioned quality problems, mostly bearings and switches, whereas the Bosch seemed to be relatively complaint free. Does anyone have the 621 and can they comment on any problems with the router? Also, does anyone have the dust collection feature on their Bosch, and can they comment on it's effectiveness?