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I'm kind of in the market for a new/used good router for a reasonable price.

Found this one offered: DeWalt plunge router. Model DW621. with bushing kit.

Questions. Is it:

Reliable, especially speed control?
Removable from the base and table mountable?
What is a reasonable price?
 

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The only plunge routers detachable from the base are the kit ones. The rest are one unit. Most plunge routers don't need to be in a lift. A lot are above table adjustable and the rest can be adapted, such as with a RouterRaizer.
 

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The only plunge routers detachable from the base are the kit ones. The rest are one unit. Most plunge routers don't need to be in a lift. A lot are above table adjustable and the rest can be adapted, such as with a RouterRaizer.
Thanks. After I looked at the pictures of the various units it became obvious from the looks of the case.

The search is now on the back burner for a few weeks for unrelated reasons.
 

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I have a 621 with the plunge kit and find it very reliable and useful as a general router. As Chuck pointed out it is not one to use in a lift. I would check out stand alone motor systems if you want to keep it in a lift on a table.
 

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I have a PC 7518 in my Rockler lift and have no problems with its performance but if I were starting over I would follow Stick’s suggestion.
must be an older 7518...
 

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The biggest difference between a lift mount and a router that has above table adjustment is locking it at the desired height. With an above table adjustable you have to reach under the table to lock the height. The lifts are supposed to have built in height locks. Some had issues with creeping in use but they may have fixed those issues on the ones that had the problems. Diligent research would be a good idea before picking one model over another. I just use an above table adjustable Hitachi M12V2. Triton, Milwaukee and Bosch all have above table capability and there may be others I'm not familiar with. I leave the underside of my table open (as in no box) so reaching under the table is a very minor nuisance.

Years ago when I was thinking about getting a lift most of the manufacturers offered motor only routers (no base, just the motor) with the PC 7518 being the motor of choice. PC's quality has slipped since then so I'm not sure if that is still the case. Some offered bushings that allowed other motors to be used and some made one than one model so that other routers could be used. If you really want a lift then maybe figure out which one you want and then go from there.
 
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