DEWALT 2-1/4 HP EVS Fixed Base Router with Soft Start-DW618 - The Home Depot
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Model # DW618

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2-1/4 HP EVS Fixed Base Router with Soft Start

DEWALT 2-1/4 HP EVS Fixed Base Router with Soft Start

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$146.99 / box
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Price Valid : 05/19/2015 - 06/22/2015
$20 Off $100 on Select DEWALT Products

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Model # DW618

Internet # 203070198

Store SO SKU # 1000469663

The DEWALT 2-1/4 HP EVS Fixed Base Router with Soft Start offers all the power and versatility that professionals demand with its 12 amp motor with variable speed from 8000 to 24,000 RPM and soft start for extra-smooth finishes and exceptional performance when working with even the toughest hardwoods. With the micro-fine depth adjustment ring, you can count on accurate adjustment in 1/64 in. increments, while the clear LEXAN sub-base ensures durability and enhanced visibility. Comfortable to use with overmold rubber handles and a well-balanced body, the unique switch and cordset configuration allows you to keep the switch in your right or left hand, while a flat top and spindle lock further increase the ease of bit and depth changes.

  • 2-1/4 HP (maximum motor HP), 12 amp electronic variable speed motor provides the power to rout smoothly through the toughest hardwoods
  • Electronic variable speed with full feedback control for constant speed under load from 8000 to 24,000 RPM and soft start to reduce start-up torque for better control
  • Micro-fine depth adjustment ring provides precise depth adjustments in 1/64 in. increments and adjusts vertically for a constant switch/cordset location
  • Adjustable, tool-free steel motor cam lock makes depth adjustment and base changes quick and solid-locking
  • Quick release motor latches for fast and easy motor pack removal for bit and base changes
  • Detachable cordset removes the need for a shorty cord motor pack and allows for convenient serviceability
  • Spindle lock button allows single-wrench bit changes
  • Clear, LEXAN sub-base provides enhanced base durability, bit visibility and accepts standard template guide bushings
  • Rubber overmold handles and low center of gravity design provide best-in-class comfort, balance and control
  • Dust-sealed switch protects against dust ingestion for longer switch life
  • Heavy-duty, precision machined, die-cast aluminum base and motor housing for durability and low tool weight
  • Nickel plated motor housing for smooth, long-lasting depth adjustment
  • Right or left switch and cordset location provides the ability to have the switch in your right or left hand
  • Includes: 2-1/4 HP EVS Fixed Base Router, DW618M Motor Pack, DW6184 Fixed Base, 1/4 in. and 1/2 in. Collets and Wrench
  • 3-year limited warranty

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Assembled Depth (in.) 
10.75 in 
Assembled Height (in.) 
7.25 in 
Assembled Width (in.) 
9.5 in 
Collet size (in.) 
Product Depth (in.) 
Product Height (in.) 
Product Width (in.) 
Amperage (amps) 
Color Family 
Cord Length (ft.) 
Corded Tool Type 
Depth Adjustment 
Dust Collection 
Multiple base 
Peak Horsepower 
2.25 hp 
Power Tool Product Type 
Product Weight (lb.) 
10 lb 
Router Base Type 
Tools Product Type 
Power Tool 
Variable Speed 
Warranty / Certifications
Certifications and Listings 
CSA Listed 
Manufacturer Warranty 
3 Year Limited Warranty 


Rated 4.8 out of 5 by 29 reviewers.
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by This is a powerful router. It works great on my CNC The router is dedicated to my homemade CNC router. The router I had was 1-1/4 HP and could not take heavy cuts or the speed the CNC is capable of. This one allows me to use 1/2" shank bits with larger diameters, plus more profiles than available in 1/4" shanks. The soft start and speed control are features worth having, particularly when doing engraving. The spindle lock is much better than having to use two wrenches. The attached photos show it installed on the CNC. I am extremely happy with its performance. July 10, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Great tool For its price This router is Awsome, I have been wanting one for a very long time so I spent a lot of time researching and for the price and features i chose this dewalt. it was between this or the bosch. I decided to go with this one because it had soft start which btw is an awsome feature. especialy if you are new to routers like I am. while cutting through wood i had no issues with the motor getting bogged down. it operates smoothly. changing the bits is easy. I love this router. as far as durability i don't know for now but it seems very well built. April 9, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Worked as expected. I have most of the tools that DeWalt offers. I have continued to purchase this brand as I have not been let down yet. This product was specifically purchased for a toy box that I was making for my nephew and 2 nieces. (3 Toy boxes) Never used a router before but figured it was time to learn. Router worked exactly as I had hoped. Wasn't sure before purchase if I should purchase this one or another without the soft start. After experiencing the soft start I then realized it was the better choice for me. Completely satisfied from the price to the results. December 30, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by great purchase I am really pleased with this router. it is very reliable. i like the performance. easy to handle. April 10, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by great tool use this in my router table,very satisfied with product March 24, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Great Router Mounted this router to my Bosch table and have used it a few times so far. The speed control dial is great for setting the speeds required for different wood hardnesses and bit sizes. This is a great improvement over the trigger speed control as you only have to set the dial and go. I clipped the speed chart from the instructions and taped them right to my router table for quick references. This router is smooth running and easy to use. Another nice feature is the ability to drop the motor right out of the frame and either change the bit or motor itself. All in all this is a nice peice of equipment to own. January 27, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by As expected, Dewalt products are quality. I am a DIY'er and have used the router on a bookcase, for T&G on a barn door, and for let-in bracing on that door. I plan to make a tool chest and will use the router for T&G boards. This router was $25 more than the Craftsman I was thinking of purchasing, but after reading the reviews on the Craftsman & the Dewalt, the choice was easy. June 28, 2013
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Possibly not new. I purchased this router online from Home Depot as a new item. Upon unpacking I notice the bottom of the base plate has signs of significant wear with scratch marks in all directions. Also when I went to use the normal profile bits the opening in the base plate was too small for all of them, only the straight cutting bits were able to be use. Not sure if this is the standard plate for this router or if this is a major mistake since it show wear on the base plate. So since I could not use the router with the bites I needed I have no idea as to the quality of the router yet. December 23, 2014
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