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12 Amp Corded 2-1/4 Horsepower Electronic Variable Speed Fixed Base Router with Soft Start

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  • Includes Router, Motor Pack, Fixed Base, 2 Collets and Wrench
  • Spindle lock button allows single-wrench bit changes
  • Nickel plated motor housing
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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
  • Clear, LEXAN sub-base provides enhanced base durability, bit visibility and accepts standard template guide bushings
  • Rubber over mold 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
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Q:1. What size hole in the table is required so that the wrenches used to change the bit or collet will fit ? 2. What thickness of table would be optimal ?
by|Jan 25, 2023
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A:  We apologize for any inconvenience. This model is not designed for being attached to a table. For that reason we're unable to provide the dimensions requested.

by|Jan 25, 2023
    Q:Can it be used on a ryobi router table?
    by|Nov 20, 2022
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    by|Nov 23, 2022

      A:  It is difficult to use because of the depth adjustment and also because os the difficulty of trying to secure the router bit.  I ended up purchasing a compatible router—the Rigid brand because it comes with a tool which is used to turn up or down for depth and also the Rigid router has a securing nut for the router bit which can be accessed while the router is mounted.  The DeWalt is an excellent router but not with this table—Home Depot should make it clear that this table is compatible with Ryobi or Rigid…not DeWalt or Milwaukee.

      by|Nov 22, 2022
        Q:Are the accessories for my dw218 (type 1) bought 2016 compatible with this dw618?
        by|Oct 17, 2022
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        A:  Please verify that your model is DW218 and email us at wecare@sbdinc.com for assistance.

        by|Oct 18, 2022
          Q:Can this router be used on a router table in a "hands free" mode?
          by|Aug 22, 2022
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          A:  Yes, depending on your router lift and table. I use the Rockler Pro lift and works like a beast.

          by|Aug 25, 2022

            A:  Yes, the router can be attached to a router table. Lee, DEWALT Social Media Rep

            by|Nov 14, 2022

              A:  Yes, I currently use it on a rockler router table

              by|Aug 25, 2022

                A:  Yes, but it depends on the type of router table you choose.  The problem is changing the router bits and adjusting the height.  The ability to apply the wrench necessary to tighten the bit and depress the button to allow changing the bit is the decision maker.  Also, the ability to change depth is at odds with certain tables.  Also, the mounting of the router under the table requires that there be a compatibility of screw attach points to accomplish the mounting.  DeWalt is not the brand to purchase when buying a Ryobi router table...it is compatible with Rigid and Ryobi--not DeWalt because the opening for the bit does not allow use of the wrench necessary to attach the bit.  I ended up (after purchasing the DeWalt) buying the Rigid to use that particular table.  I use the DeWalt freehand.  Had I known...I would have purchased a different router table.  

                by|Aug 25, 2022
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                  Customer Reviews

                  4.4 out of 5
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                  Great Dewalt Router and Powerful
                  I was impressed with the overall quality and caliber. However, big hands and lock pin finger buttons are too “contained” in the mechanism for easy use. I must wedge a screwdriver against it to keep the button depressed while using the wrench on the collar.
                    • Recommended
                    Dependable Day after Day
                    [This review was collected as part of a promotion.] I build high end custom interments. I purchased my first DW618 in about seven years ago anti still performs day after. I initially purchased this to only cut 45 degree chamfers but now own four of these units and put them to the test day in and day out. Thank you Dewalt for building a long lasting product that does exactly what is expected of it.
                      • Recommended
                      Excellent Router
                      [This review was collected as part of a promotion.] I have used many other brands of router and power tools from various brands, but I have to say that Dewalt is far superior to the other brands. That statement I will stand behind. This router has plenty of torque to hog off material regardless of the density of wood that you are working with. I use mine to flatten large live edge table tops and not once have I ever had to slow down cut speed or duration that I have been able to work due to the fact router doesn’t get hot due to the design Of the motor housing. The handles are comfortable and give you the perfect level of leverage to control the unit while working. If you pair this with the plunge base just takes the projects that can be taken on to a whole new level of ease and quality. The dust ejection works perfectly which saves time on the clean up after you had finished making your passes. This router came with both the 1/4” and 1/2” collet which allows the router to use various types bits.
                        Installed this router in an Incra Master Lift II R on my Rockler router table. Nice fit and easy...
                        Installed this router in an Incra Master Lift II R on my Rockler router table. Nice fit and easy installation. Basic router with variable speed and simple on-off switch. Good choice for this router lift.
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                        • Recommended
                        I've owned this for 1 1/2 years in that time it was only used 3 times for less than an hour total...
                        I've owned this for 1 1/2 years in that time it was only used 3 times for less than an hour total time. The motor went up in a cloud of smoke. Dewalt has so far refused to honor the warranty. Customer survey suggested I send it in anyway because they used to honor the warranty based on the date of manufacture stamped on the body. The service center told me that the motor is considered a consumable part and I would have to pay for repairs. On top of that it turns out it is cheaper to buy a whole new router case, base and all than it is to replace just the motor.
                        Response from DewaltProductExpertNov 6, 2018
                        Hi, we're sorry to hear of the trouble you are having with the 2-1/4 HP EVS Fixed Base Router with Soft Start. We would appreciate the chance to speak with you and assist you with warranty. Please email wecare@sbdinc.com and reference case #08701581. Many Thanks, Mitzy DEWALT Customer Care
                          3 found this review helpful
                          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.
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                          33 found this review helpful
                          Plenty of power, smooth operation, and easy to control...
                          Plenty of power, smooth operation, and easy to control
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                          Great Product. .As expected from DeWalt!
                          I make tables and desks from expensive hardwoods. I cannot afford to have a bad router ruin a piece. I got the DeWalt Router. it had ALL the pieces it was supposed to. I use it frequently and have literally NEVER had a single issue.
                            • Recommended
                            Good router, Garbage cord
                            Do not buy this router, it comes with a detachable cord and I am on my third cord. The cord will eventually stop making a proper connection and the router will not work, I contacted DeWalt about this problem and they did not want to help me, the new cord costs $55, so unless you want to keep forking out $55 for a new cord every year or so, get a different router.
                            Response from DewaltProductExpertApr 3, 2023
                            Thank you for your feedback regarding the Router cable. I am sorry to hear you are unhappy with this product and would be more than happy to assist you with a resolution. If you would like further assistance, please email support at wecare@sbdinc.com and reference ticket (#6828915) so all information is easily available for the agent to assist you further.
                            Thanks, Maria DEWALT Social Media Team
                              It worked for the first 30 minutes or so, but...
                              It worked for the first 30 minutes or so, but it wouldn't stay at a steady RPM. Then, it finally just quit altogether. I opened it to check on the brushes and found that one was not even set in it correctly. I snapped it in fully, and it appears to work okay now. ...but for how long, I don't know.
                              Response from DewaltProductExpertMar 7, 2023
                              Hello, Thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback. We're sorry to hear about the brush being out of it's place. Your feedback is valuable as we take into consideration every piece of feedback that we come across. I will pass this along to our team for review. It is feedback like yours that allows us to make improvements. If you need further assistance please email us at WECARE@SBDINC.COM and reference ticket 6650243.
                              Thanks, Deeris DEWALT Social Media Team
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