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Talking Hi Everyone! Router Decision?

Hi all! Been reading up on various posts here and have gained quite a lot of useful information from you knowledgable veterans. This is a cry for help PLEASE. Im finally about ready to purchase my first router! I've done a stack of research on various routers with their respective pro's and con's and am torn between 2 routers i think may fit my bill?

I have come to realise that i am never going to find that single 'magic tool' that does everything i want and more! The 2 routers i have short-listed are either -

Dewalt 622

Dewalt 625

Both these routers have gained a lot of great reviews even though they both mauy have their faults - they also seem to be the tried and tested routers with regard to trade use etc so i am pretty confident that i will have reliability with my purchase? For the foreseeable future i will only be purchasing one router, but need it to be able to perform well on a variety of jobs (don't we all). Table use as well as hand held. For this reason i don't want to make a decision that i will later regret. Ideally i'm looking for something that is not cumbersome to use in handheld situations but will also be powerful enough to deal with cutting kitchen worktop.

I like the dewalt 622 but is it powerful to cope with cutting worktop on a non-regular basis. I know the 625 will cope with this task with ease but would it suitable for handheld work also?

I can't find any information where these 2 have gone head to head - i know i am asking the impossible here but if anyone could guide me as 2 which router would be best suited for "every eventuality" it would help me a great deal in making a final decision.

I imagine that this is an age old question so i apologise in advance

Sorry for the large, long-winded post!
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I am a Triton and Makita fan, so cannot comment on your choice.

If the only real difference between the two is the power, I would go for the larger HP.

Hand held is not a problem for the large Makita 3612C.

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I would take the one with more power also. They both can do the same task but the one with more power will do it with less effort compared to the one with less power. Better to have it & not need it than to need it & not have it.

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Thank you very much for taking the time to post your inputs James (both of you). It's much appreciated. I guess your right about having power to spare rather than not having enough but i suppose i'm just trying to make sure that the 625 won't be too heavy/bulky for 'everyday' routing tasks in handheld use.

Is the difference between the 622 and 625 just the power output (aside from dust extraction outlet on the 622).

Another oddity is that the 622 is more expensive than the 625 for me here in the UK? I thought it would be that the higher HP unit would have the higher price tag? Is there any particular reason for this?
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hi im not speaking from lots of experience as ive only used a router a handfull of times i own a dewatlt625e not the ek ( dont know the difference if any) i bought it second hand paid £165 for it ive had it two weeks im very impressed so far seems to be built well i dont find it to heavy & with plenty of power it seems ideally suited for a table & since most tasks in hands free routing seem to be controlled by jigs, fences, stops & patterns i think you wont go far wrong
hope this helps as i know the hours looking for reviews & sleep i lost worrying i was getting the right one
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Hey thanks for sharing your experience of the 625 Phil! I think the ek version is the "kitbox" from the information i've gathered since researching on all things router based. I'm assuming that means included accessories but don't know any more than that? I guess you're right about the router never really being used "freehand" due to prolific template/jig use etc - never thought of it that way so i suppose the issue of the extra power/weight running away with me won't be as much of an issue - Cheers.

Glad to hear that i'm not the only one losing sleep over making a possible bad decision! I'm a keen amateur at best so i can't really justify splashing a few hundred quid on this tool, but i've wanted one for so long and want something that will be built to last and have consistent good reviews - hence shortlisting this model.

I'm fast losing count of the projects i've got lined up for when i do eventually get one! ! !

You, along with James may have tipped the scales for me - think i will be the owner of a shiny 625 within the next week or 2! ? ! ? !

Thanks again for taking the time to give your opinion.
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pleasure now you can start worrying about which table you need.....lol.
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Larger more power is always nice to have, especially for a router that will/possibly dedicated to the router table and down the road can purchase a hand held palm router

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Haha yeah you're right Phil ! ! ! Think i'll wind up making a table though - Funds won't stretch to buying a new table as well as the 625 and bits i ordered this afternoon!

@ Warren - yeah thats the conclusion i've come to. I think it's fair to say that the Dewalt 625 may end up under a table permanently somewhere down the line - Thanks for posting.
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Well my new tool arrived today! I'm glad i listened to everyones opinion on going for the bigger router. I admit that i was having my doubts that it would be too big for me to use comfortably handheld - but all that doubt disappeared after i un-boxed it and held it. It feels right - not too small or too big. The video demo's i have seen online make it look deceptively larger than it actually is in my opinion?
Looking forward to using it on an upcoming chicken coop project i've wanted to do for a couple of years - Wish me luck, Surely a new piece of kit isn't supposed to get a man this excited - is it! ? ! ? ! :P
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