I just bought the Dewalt DW616PK as my first router, and haven't opened it
yet. I just noticed the Hitachi KM12VC is on sale for about the same price
with a free orbital sander to boot. The Dewalt isn't a variable speed unit,
and the Hitachi is. I want to get this right, so some opinions would be
much appreciated. I have read some comments regarding the lack of variable
speed, and now i'm all convinced that without variable speed, I am going to
burn wood and be unhappy with the Dewalt if I use a 1/2 inch bit.
Basically I want a plunge/fixed combo for under $200, and I would like to
buy the best one I can for the money. Thanks for any help any of you could
Unless you are going to use it in a table with large bits, VC is
meaningless. And by large bits I don't mean 1/2" shaft, but 4" panel
Now if you will be doing any woodworking at all you will certainly be using
a table, but not necessarily with this router.
I haven't used either, so I obviously have no opinion on which is the better
======================Thats my opinion also...
I own and use 6 different routers and to be honest none have VS and
none are solf start... no real reason for me to run out and buy a
router with either....
Since you asked... I'd say keep your Dewalt kit and if you really need
a cheap RO sander, get a Ryobi at the orange borg for $35. If you
don't, keep the nicer router.
I have the 618, and like it very much, but the variable speed isn't
what I like best - the overall quality and solid-ness is. It is also
versatile - fits PC sub-bases etc. VS and soft start are convenient,
and can reduce burning sometimes. Unless you're doing raised panels or
other very large bits, VS isn't really necessary. If you want it,
though, and you might return the 616 anyway, look into the dewalt 618
kit - only a little over $200 (try Amazon, Google, maybe Amazon
reconditioned, or toolsdirect.com says 110% price guarantee so see if
they'll beat Amazon...).
That's my advice.
Remember, though, that a piece of advice is like a butt - everyone has
one and most of them stink.
Ha, ha, ha as the wheel turns, it's now turning into a Karlgate like
Watergate in the Nixon's White House. Start with Tom DeLay, than
Bill Frist, Karl Rove with Lewis Libby and now maybe Cheney too...?
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