I have three DeWalt DW618 kits and have had no troubles at all with them. Two are the 3 base kits and one just a 2 base. They are my "GOTO" routers for most of my routing needs, but I also have smaller as well as larger routers in my shop of several brands.
Right now the fixed base and motor from the Dewalt 2 base DW618 kit is in my Hawk Router Shop, one of the 3 base kits is in my shop for general use and the other is in my truck. When I work for the Science Museums in NC, some of them have Bosch routers in their shops and some have DeWalts, so I frequently use both, but I prefer the DeWalt 618 routers, because they just seem to suit me and my needs, and in my hands they feel a little better weight and balance wise to me. I think both brands are good. These are the smallest routers that I have that have the capability to use both 1/4 and 1/2" bits, but I also have several Makita routers and I think they are a good brand too. I don't think you can go wrong buying any of these brands. Just take the time to hold them in your hands and compare the features of similar sized models, then choose the one that you are more comfortable with and I'm certain that you will be happy with it. Also, be certain that your choice has parts availability and a repair shop somewhere near you should you ever need your tool repaired. If you can't get help when it needs something, than it isn't a very good choice for you.
Central North Carolina
Last edited by CharleyL; 04-02-2017 at 11:46 AM.