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DEWALT

Model DW618PK

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2-1/4 HP Electronic Variable Speed Fixed Base and Plunge Router Combo Kit with Soft Start

$209.87 /box
  • Spindle lock button allows for single-wrench bit changes
  • 3-year limited warranty
  • Flat top for easy bit and depth changes

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3-year limited warranty

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Light and durable, the heavy-duty, precision machined, die-cast aluminum base and motor housing will last a long time

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Made for user comfort with rubber overmold handles and low center of gravity design

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12 amps

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peak horsepower

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2.25 hp

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cord length

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6 ft

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3 year

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The DEWALT 2-1/4 HP Electronic Variable Speed Fixed Base and Plunge Router Combo Kit with Soft Start features a 2-1/4 hp, 12 amp electronic variable speed motor that delivers ample power to rout smoothly through the toughest hardwoods. A versatile kit, both a fixed base and plunge base are included, giving you 2-tools-in-1 to tackle a wide range of applications. Providing superior accuracy, the micro-fine depth adjustment ring provides precise depth adjustments in 1/64 in. increments and adjusts vertically for a constant switch/cordset location. Loaded with ease-of-use, comfort and convenience features for increased job productivity, this router has a heavy-duty, precision machined, die-cast aluminum base and motor housing for exceptional durability and low tool weight.

  • Electronic variable speed with full feedback control for constant speed under load from 8000 to 24,000 RPM and a soft start to reduce startup torque for enhanced control
  • Adjustable, tool-free steel motor cam lock allows quick depth adjustment and base changes
  • Integral, through-the-column dust collection collects 95% of dust for superior bit visibility
  • Quick release motor latches for fast and easy motor pack removal for bit and base changes
  • Detachable cordset for convenient cordset serviceability and eliminates the need for a shorty cord motor pack
  • Precision machined brass bushings and case-hardened steel guide rods provide a smooth and accurate plunge stroke
  • Clear, LEXAN sub-base provides enhanced base durability and 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 a smooth, long-lasting depth adjustment
  • Convenient right or left switch and cordset location
  • Self-releasing and long, 8-slotted collets for better bit retention and elimination of frozen bits
  • Includes: 2-1/4 HP Electronic Variable Speed Fixed Base and Plunge Router, DW618M Motor Pack, DW6184 Fixed Base, DW6182 Plunge Base, 1/4 in. and 1/2 in. Collets, Wrench, Large Hole Sub Base, Vacuum Adaptor and Kit Box

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fix base mount

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Does this router mount in a table and does it use a universal mounting configuration?
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Dartmouth Mass
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October 13, 2015
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Yes. I have mounted it in a bosch RA1181
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June 16, 2015
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I think so but I have not done it yet.
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Seabrook, TX
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February 19, 2015
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Fixed base and plunge base arrived, as described.
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St. Paul, MN
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January 6, 2015
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It will mount on a table. You'll need an A mounting plate and you'll have to take the handles off but since it's going to be on the table most of the time that shouldn't be a problem.
You'll need to remove the plate that it comes with and save it and the screws in a Ziploc bag in the original container so you don't misplace them.
I bought a table from Rockler with the stand and everything I need. On Read More
It will mount on a table. You'll need an A mounting plate and you'll have to take the handles off but since it's going to be on the table most of the time that shouldn't be a problem.
You'll need to remove the plate that it comes with and save it and the screws in a Ziploc bag in the original container so you don't misplace them.
I bought a table from Rockler with the stand and everything I need. On sale now for $300. Read Less
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April 2, 2014
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Yes.
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January 20, 2014
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Hi Einstixx69, I contacted DeWalt to get you an answer. DeWalt stated , yes this router can mount to a table.
However it does not use universal mounting configuration. It uses DeWalt standards.
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Does this have an LED light?

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I'm looking at some different routers and I'm nearly sold on this DeWalt, what will seal the deal is if this has a LED light to light up the bit area so that it's easier to see while working.
I've seen a Bosch MRC23EVSK that has this feature but the unit is nearly $100 more. I read in one review that indicates an LED backlight but I do not see it listed on DeWalts web site or anywhere else.
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Stockton, CA.
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August 9, 2016
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This kit did not come with an LED light, but I can add one very cheaply, and for what i wanted, that was a minor point as I use good shop lamps when i work.
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Pflugerville, Tx
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May 10, 2016
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No, no LED, but visibility is good through the windows on the plunge router.
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January 2, 2016
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No
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Dewalt Router with Hard Case?

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Does this router still come with the Hard Case or bag? A friend recently purchased one and it came with a bag. If so, is there any way I can get the Hard Case?
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May 30, 2016
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I purchased this one back in March and it came with a very nice hard case. Plenty of built in room for accessories.
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March 16, 2016
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The kit comes with a hard case.
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Is this router ok to mount in a table?

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I've read a few reports that this router has serious issues with the variable speed going out after its been mounted to a table.
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I did not come across that story about the speed control going out after the router being mounted inverted on a table, but as to the reliability of the speed control in mine, and since there is no warning about mounting this router unit inverted, I can see no problem in doing so. In fact, I have plans already drawn to use the solid base to do just that, and use the plunge base for hand held usage, which Read More
I did not come across that story about the speed control going out after the router being mounted inverted on a table, but as to the reliability of the speed control in mine, and since there is no warning about mounting this router unit inverted, I can see no problem in doing so. In fact, I have plans already drawn to use the solid base to do just that, and use the plunge base for hand held usage, which was the reason I bought this set. The ONLY reason I can see for such a failure is that the speed control is now below the cutter and dust can now fall down towards the speed control, but that will be true with almost any router. If that is a concern, i will just uses some low tack painters tape to quickly cover the control, after i set it. I hope this helps. Read Less
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Rated 4.6 out of 5 by 25 reviewers.
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Great Router Love this thing. Smooth and powerful, no matter what I throw at it. I put it in my makeshift table as soon as I got it, and while I haven't used it without the table yet, I'm sure it'll impress me just as much when I do. I'm no pro, so this is about as much as I can tell you...it's a good purchase if you're looking for a powerful router to put in a table. May 17, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by New to routers, but really like this one Have used this router in both the fixed base (installed in router table) and plunger configurations a number of times for hobby woodworking. So far I have been very pleased with the features and performance of the router used both ways. The soft start is very useful in reducing the start up torque when used in plunger configuration and in both plunger and fixed base to reduce the AC power surge. The plunge action is quite useful once I got used to that mode. May 10, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by My first router I researched for 2 months and decided that this was the best option for me. This router set with both fixed and plunge base was exactly what I was looking for. I also wanted the ability to use both 1/4" and 1/2" shanked bits. The soft start is a nice feature. The blow molded case is a bit large and could have been designed better. Dewalt rocks! August 9, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by This kit is all that it promised to be! I got this router combination for making jigs and wood projects. I have found it to be an excellent value and have since picked up a few Dewalt accessories for the set. One of the reasons i purchased this set was the collet system for holding the router bits ( two different sizes ). The other was the choice between a solid base and a plunge base, making this a very versatile tool. I especially loved the sturdy case that keeps everything together and easily portable. August 9, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Best router you can buy I have gone through Hitachi, Porter Cable, Makita, and Milwaukee routers. The DW 618 is a professional grade unit. I build cabinets and furniture for a living. Every Dewalt router I've owned has outlasted the competition. This one will be no different. Both bases are very simple to setup and use. I currently have the fixed base in a router table and the plunge base for every day routing. I believe the 618 is the ideal router for 99% of routing tasks. I plan on buying a couple more when the need arises. December 1, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Great router package Really nice package to hold all the posts . Looks well made. Have not had a chance to use it yet. June 28, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Speed Control Blown After Third Use I just got this router about a week ago, and was so excited to start working on some projects I've had penned for some time now. I was doing some light routing on wood, and absolutely was falling in love with this router as it was cutting so smooth and effortlessly. On the third day of use, while in the middle of routing on wood, the speed control sort of just shorted. I had been using it on the setting of 3, and suddenly, without any catalyst, I heard a very soft click (in the motor), and the motor instantly went to full throttle. I've tried everything (unplugging, letting it sit for a day, etc.) and it appears the speed control is toast. The router still functions, but is now on-off. No more speed control, which really sucks as I'm doing fine detail work on a soft wood, and the high speeds can/will burn the wood. I will be calling to get a replacement. I would give this better ratings if I hadn't had this problem, as everything else about this setup I love. I didn't tank the review (on the other side) because I'm expecting this is simply a rare manufacturing flaw, and not common. June 14, 2016
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Loved it... Bought this router set a little over two months ago. I played with it a couple of times until this weekend, when I got it out for a small project. I basically needed a one inch deep (half in wide) dado run along the length of an 8 ft 4x4. I made a number of passes to reach this depth and then the motor started to sputter and arc. On my first project and the brushes were going bad. I left the router alone for the rest of the day and then switched it on in my kitchen and the router housing lit up (sparks everywhere). I promptly registered the warranty and then noticed there was a 90 day money back guarantee, so I decided to return it instead of getting it replaced. I actually love the profile of this router and the feel of it in my hands, but after a problem with so little use, I could not convince myself to just have them order me a new one. After speaking with my grandfather who has worked in the construction industry all his life, I learned something new about DeWalt. I can't speak for all of their products, but apparently there are a number of them that DeWalt will recondition the motors on and then turn around and sell as NEW. It's no longer hard to figure out how/why mine had issues so quickly being so lightly used. It's very possible I would have a different experience if I had just replaced it with the same unit, but I just didn't feel like taking the chance. One other note, I wasn't too impressed with the adjustment ring. I found it difficult to be very precise. May 30, 2016
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