I have to agree about the shank size. I don't know what is available were
you are but I have a PC 690. It takes 1/2 and 1/4 inch shanks. It is also
small and light enough to use with one hand.
mistake to limit yourself to one size collet, there are times that t
Why not have the option for 1/2" bits? Most US routers, the DW621
specifically, come with both 1/4" and 1/2" collets. I prefer 1/2"
for all but the smaller diameter bits.
I've got two DW621s - one in my router table and one for hand helf
The DW621 has several nice featrures
- more than adequate horsepower
- for the horsepower, it's pretty light
- the plunge is easy and smooth
- the dust/chips collection works well when connected to a shop
vac or vacuum cleaner (next to jointers and planers the router
generates the most chips and dust)
- realtive to most routers, the DW621 is pretty quiet. Still
want to do any routing at midnight but it is quieter.
- the controls on the handles takes a little getting use to but is
nice after the short learning curve (Plunge lock is on one
knob and the locking trigger is on the other handle/knob. No
need to let go of a handle to turn the router on/off or to reach
with your thunb to lock the plunge.
- the base has two flat sides, each a different distance from the
center of the bit, and two rounded ends, again different distances
from the center of the bit. The flat faces come in handy in that
it's easier to keep against a guide fence and doesn't change like
a not quite perfectly round base.
- the electronic variable speed lets you adjust for larger diameter
bits - important when in a router table.
- the height adjustment is straghtforeward and has fine adjustment.
- the base comes with an insert for router collars.
- it's bright YELLOW! so, despite it's relavely dimunitive size,
easy to spot amongst the bench top clutter
The big "disadvantage" of the DW621 is that it's base is fairly
small and therefore a little tippy when routing the edges of things.
An offset base solves that one and Pat Warner makes a nice one
for the DW621 (www.patwarner.com - I think)
I frankly won't understand why "fixed" routers are still around.
A plunge router will do everything a "fixed" router will do AND
do safe and accurate plunge cuts.
I do have a Portr Cable D-handle - that wieghs a ton - but don't use
it very often.
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