Perfect size and power for my needs
I had this router sitting in its box for over 3 years before I used it. The first time I used it the plunge mechanism stuck on the clamped position and would not release until I gave the top of the router a couple of hard taps with the palm of my hand. This has happened every time since. I contacted someone who works for the Australian distributor (there is no customer support phone, email or chat on the DeWalt website) who suggested that the clamp has been over tightened and has perhaps damaged the brass clamping piece. I have since found that...applying only sufficient tightening to lock the plunge is the solution. I really like the weight and balance of this router and the dust extraction is better than most. As I intend to use it for dovetailing in a Leigh jig I will purchase another one so that I don't have to keep changing bits. There are few alternatives in the market for this size, weight and power unless you want to spend twice as much for a Festool OF 1400. Happy so far.
Reliable, lightweight, accurate
I've owned this router for the last several years and would defintely support someone else buying it for its intended use. It's versatile, reliable, and despite being a bit less powerful than other similar 1/2" routers on the market, is defintely good for jobs requiring accuracy. Most of my work has been on plunging mortises in softwoods to make tables and chairs, which uses a fitted universal base plate, attached guide bushing and mortising jig. So bearing this in mind, the following are some pros and cons that I have come up with :
PROS :...- 1/2" collet - any router bit can be used. - a depth stop which zeroes - by that I mean you don't have to calculate differences in depth stop measurements to determine the depth of plunge. The depth stop simply has a rotatable dial so once the router bit is plunged to the touch the wood, the dial can be zeroed, and then simply adjusted to the required plunge depth. This can be very handy when plunging to various depths as no mental arithmetic is required, something which can sometimes be a bit tedious. - reliable - it's never stopped working. I've used it for hours at a time routing up to 100 mortises in a session with no problems and have had it for several years now used every few weeks or so. - soft start and variable speed - fairly common these days but still nice to have. - lightweight - most of the 1/2" routers that I looked at are at least a few kilos heavier. The lightweight version of a 1/2" router is definitely a plus, although I mainly use it on softwoods, so I don't require the extra power for say hardwood use. - accurate - millimetre accuracy for plunge depth. Spot on, never had a problem there.
Questions & Answers
Can the router base be centered to the spindle?
It's wider on one side because of the hose, so the dust/chips can be extracted properly. So no; it's designed that way deliberately. You could always make a new base out of MDF to whatever size you want and use that.
Hi David, thank you for the answer; however the question relates to centering the bit inside the central hole of the base. Many times one has to use router guide bushings (like the one specified below), and will need the bit centered.
Is this model suitable for fixing into router table
Depends what type of router table you have? I use an Incra insert which is pre-drilled for the Triton router range whereby you can remove the plunge spring (see www.woodworksupplies.com.au or www.timberbits.com.au). The only problem I find with using plunge routers in router tables is that the spring makes it hard to adjust the height accurately. I don't think you can remove the spring on the DW621.
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