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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 08-30-2015, 12:15 PM Thread Starter
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Hey guys I'm considering buying the dewalt 618 pk package. Its mostly for small projects I would like to do around the house. I would like to build some cabinets in the future and started wondering if this router can handle the big bits. I'm talking about the raised panel bits (for cabinet doors). I currently own a 2 hp craftsman router with a 1/4" in collet, and really like the idea that the dewalt comes with both the 1/4 and 1/2" collets. Would love some feedback on this especially if you have had first experience.
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Hello and welcome to the router forum.
The 618 is a good all around router,for the larger bits you need to take smaller bites but will get the job done

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Would not subject the 618 to heavy loads, especially in light of its motor's checkered history.
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The good news is parts are readily available, I am sure you will be taking advantage of this.

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I have that router and have been very pleased with it. I haven't done anything as big as raised panels. As previous poster said it's usually best to route in small increments....especially with hard or splinter prone woods. The kit I got had a fixed based, plunge, and D handle. I've used it to make rail and style cabinet doors, hardwood flooring work, etc. and it has never disappointed. Works well in a table and also comfortable for hand held work. Bosch and PC are also good options in this size.
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Welcome aboard, Freddy.

I don't have any experience with the DW router. Mine are Bosch, and Triton.

I used the Bosch 1617 to cut raised panel doors from poplar glued up panels and it worked OK. I ran it at the slowest speed and made several passes (moving the fence a little before each pass) until I got the desired result.

By the time I was ready to make more panels, I had bought the Triton 3 1/4hp router. It just loafs along making the cuts.

I do have some good advice for you that is related...

If you buy a router insert plate for a table, make sure the opening is large enough for the big cutter to fit through. My original router table had a Rockler Group "A" plate. The Freud cutter was bigger than the opening so I couldn't use it. I finally added a 1/8th inch masonite aux table top with a larger opening in it, installed the cutter from above the table, and had just enough adjustment to set the cutting height I needed.

I solved that dilema by purchasing a Kreg plate. It has a larger opening. Actually, I bought two, one for the Bosch and one for the Triton.

Here are some reference links to what I am talking about.

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Adjustable Height Workstation
http://www.routerforums.com/show-n-t...able-more.html

Bosch 1617EVSPK Router Combo Kit
http://www.routerforums.com/general-...combo-kit.html

Exact width dado jig.
http://www.routerforums.com/jigs-fix...-dado-jig.html
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Nice work. Sharp lines and tight joints. How did you like working with poplar?
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Nice work. Sharp lines and tight joints. How did you like working with poplar?
I like it a lot.

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Checked out the DeWalt and really didn't like the feel of the height setting. Got the Bosch 1617 EVSPK kit instead and have never regretted it. Got a second motor for the table, then moved it to the plunge base when I put a Triton TRA001 in the table. I used to like DeWalt's tools, but I'm less impressed after buying Bosch tools.
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I used to like DeWalt's tools, but I'm less impressed after buying Bosch tools.
I agree. I've also had good results with Hitachi stuff but my Bosch stuff is king of the shop.
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