Bosch 1617EVSPK vs DeWalt DW618PK Router Comparison
Bosch 1617EVSPK vs DeWalt DW618PK two combination fixed/plunge based router kits going head to head.
If you are unsure as to whether or not you need a fixed base or a plunge woodworking router for the majority of your work then the best option is to go for a combination kit.
A combination kit gives you a lot more versatility than a stand alone fixed or plunge router.
Fixed Base Router vs Plunge Router
For the beginner it can sometimes be a little confusing as to when you should use either a fixed base router or a plunge router.
Fixed Base Router
The fixed base router really comes into it's own when you need to make highly accurate cuts that require the use of a jig.
Although you could use a plunge router with a jig the margin for error is much higher. The fixed base router allows you to fine tune the cutting depth by 1/64 of an inch using a bit depth adjuster.
Most fixed base router are also designed to be easily mounted to a jig or onto a router table. The use of templates or dovetails require that the router is able to be mounted in a consistent and secure manner.
The plunge router is used when you need to make cuts into boards that is away from any edge. The bit is "plunged" down onto the sheet surface from above.
Just like the fixed base you can adjust the cutting depth however because you are pushing down from above to plunge the bit into the wood it may not always be perfectly accurate especially in harder woods.
Plunge router are generally much more awkward than fixed base as they are a lot taller and generally more bulky. They also have a much higher center or gravity than a fixed base one.
Bosch 1617EVSPK vs DeWalt DW618PK
8,000 - 25,000 RPM
8,000 - 24,000 RPM
Fixed Base Adjustments
1/64 inch increments
1/64 inch increments
1/4 & 1/2 inch
1/4 & 1/2 inch
3 year limited
Bosch 1617EVSPK Review
The 1617EVSPK is a fixed/plunge router combination kit that is powered by a 12 Amp 2.5 HP motor.
It has a variable speed range of between 8,000 and 25,000 RPM. The motor is controlled by a variable speed dial so you can tailor the bit speed to the specific type of wood that you are working with.
The motor also has a soft start feature and uses what is called Bosch's "Constant Response Circuitry" which adjusts the motor speed continuously depending on the material to maintain an exact RPM.
The bit cutting depth can be adjusted in 1/64's of an inch increments on both the fixed base and the plunge base options. Both bases also have a bit centering system more better accuracy.
To switch between either base just release the base clamp system remove the base and then switch it out for the other. Quick and simple requiring no tools.
Included in the box: Motor unit, fixed and plunge base, chip shields, 1/4 and 1/2 self adjusting collets, bit change wrenches for 16mm and 24mm, T-handle wrench for height adjustment and a carry case.
DeWalt DW618PK Review
The DW618PK is an combination fixed/plunge base router kit. Powered by a 12 Amp motor it has a speed range of between 8,000 and 24,000 RPM.
If features variable speed trigger for easy speed selection and a soft start system on the motor to help reduce startup torque.
Both the bases are adjustable in 1/64 inch increments. On the fixed base you get a micro-fine depth-adjustment ring and on the plunge base there is an adjustable turret stop for repeated cuts.
Dust collection is by way of an innovative through-the-column system which accepts a standard shop vacuum hose.