Originally Posted by jcmccorm
I've been perusing reviews online and notice that the DWP611 (Dewalt) and Bosch 1617EVSPK get high ratings. Both corded (I don't mind that), both with plunge attachments. The Bosch can take 1/4" or 1/2" bits, although all my bits are 1/4". Some reviews say that the Dewalt gets hot. Have you noticed that?
Thanks for sharing your experience. I understand that it's not heavy-duty but I'm not sure that I need that. So far, I've used my Ryobi (RIP) on speakers and the odd trim/door work.
Only time I notice it struggling is when I'm using a flush cut bit to cut the 2nd layer of a driver hole. I can't blame it for that, as its a wide diameter flush cut bit and I was basically using it as a jigsaw. Now I use a jig saw to cut close to the 'existing' hole (which I cut with a normal cutting bit on a router and circle jig) and then flush cut whatever is left down... its no problem at all for the little guy. I think it got a little warm, but nothing that I thought was unusual given the abuse I just put it through. I'm not a great wood worker, by any means, so take that for what it's worth.
The plunge base is somewhat expensive for it (if it doesn't come in the kit), just a warning. The battery one that I got does not include it, but I'm okay with that I think - I picked up a little dust shroud to use for the fixed base kit, which was the main reason I used the plunge cutting base. Otherwise, the plunge base does it's job well.
I guess only other warning is to be careful if you use a circle jig; you can over tighten the screws that go to the base plate and crack it due to the way the holes are counter sunk in the base plate. I didn't have an issue with it, personally, but it's worth noting.
My battery one comes in Thursday along with the smaller dust shroud for it. I'll try to get some time with it this weekend if you want my thoughts on that. If it's like the other Dewalt 20V tools, I expect to prefer it to their corded version.
If I was going to get a heavier duty router, I would go Bosch, most likely, as a side note. My dad has an older one that I've used time to time, and it has worked well for me. Being a much heavier duty unit, it's physically larger and hence harder to use without a table. I have no experience with Bosch trim routers, but I'm sure they work well, too!