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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-27-2012, 04:44 PM Thread Starter
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Ive got a DW 616 that ive used freehand in remodeling work for the last few years. Im planning on starting to do more woodworking and id like to get a router table as well.

Will this be a good router for a table? I dont want to go buy base plates, etc for this and then just end up replacing the router a few weeks later. I dont plan on doing a ton of work, but definitely want a solid router that i dont have to worry about or finesse, and im not clear if the 616 is up to the challenge.
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Welcome Rfsurfer
If you have the means to upgrade to a PC7518, by all means go for it.
It will last you so long, and it's worth the investment.
Good luck on your choice.
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Welcome Rfsurfer,

The DW 616 is a transition between the laminate trimmers and the mid size routers.
I would get a more powerful router for the table because you will probably graduate to larger projects. I use The smaller laminate trimmers under bench top tables for a lot of the work I do but I have a 2 1/4 hp and a 3 1/14 Hp Porter Cable under the other tables for the heaver work I do.
Not saying you need to get a Porter Cable router but get a bigger router for the table, I think you will find it was a good choice.

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I have a DW610 and really like it for small bits. I don't use it in my table. I have 2 Hitachi M12Vs for that. Any bit that is recommended for use only on a router table is probably too big to be used with a 610 or 616.

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