DeWalt DWP611PK 1.25HP Wood Router Kit Review

DWP611-1DeWalt DWP611PK Wood Router Review:

After researching the different models and manufactures of wood routers. I found that the top selling wood router at this time is the DeWalt DWP611. The DWP611PK 1.25 HP variable speed compact wood router combines power with an ease-of-use that makes this wood router perfect for both the home wood worker and the professional tool shop. Some of the basic features built into this router make it easy to use for the beginning hobby wood crafter, but the added advance features on the DWP611 allows the intermediate and advance wood worker to want this one for their tool shop.

The ergonomic features and innovations designs add to the visibility, control and overall performance. When it comes to getting your money’s worth, my review of the best compact wood router on the market will show it includes a lot of extra features you don’t find on other routers in this model price range. It’s incredibly affordable and has excellent reviews from other users. The DeWalt DWP611PK router comes with both fixed and plunge bases as a combo kit or can be purchased with just the fixed base.

Horse Power/ Soft Start:

When looking at any router, one of the most important features to look for is the horsepower rating of the motor, and this applies equally to a small, palm router like the DWP611PK. This wood router has a 1.25 peak HP motor which makes it one of the smaller routers on the market. But don’t let it small size fool you, this router has a lot of power and torque, making it the perfect size for any small wood working projects around the house or shop.

This compact router is equipped with a soft start feature that helps minimize the torque on the motor. A motor soft starter is a device used with AC electric motors to temporarily reduce the load on the power train and electrical current surge of the motor during start up. This feature help to reduce the stress on the router motor.

 Variable Speeds:

This router is equipped with a variable speed dial that goes from 1 to 6 and an RPM range of 16,000 and 27,000 RPM. You can adjust the speed by turning the variable speed dial this allows you to better manage the tool and determine the speed that is best suited for the type of project that you are doing. The electronic speed control maintains speed under load to reduce start up twisting and prevent burning.

When set between 1 and 3,you have an RPM range of 16,000 to 20,400 that can be used with large diameter bits and cutters. When you set the dial for speeds between 4 and 6 this give an RPM range of 22,600 to 27,000 and works best for small diameter bits and cutters on softwoods, plastics and laminates. Each adjustment gives you about a 20 to 100 rpm bump up in speed. This gives you a wide range of bit sizes and material that this wood router can handle in the shop for both a hobby wood crafter and professionals on a construction job.

Plunge vs Fixed base:DeWalt DWP611 Wood Router Kit Review

Well with the DeWalt DWP611 combo kit you get both the plunge and fixed base. The fixed base has a locking lever and a 360 micro adjustment ring that raises the router up and down to achieve the prefect depth of cuts every time.
One basic requirement of a plunge router is that it should plunge smoothly without hanging up when moving up and down. This produces clean cuts when you lower the cutter into the work piece and out again; since any type of jerking can spoil the cut. I found that the plunge action lever on the back on the Dewalt palm router base was exceptionally smooth and easy to use.

The 5 position adjustable turret on the right hand side allows you to take a ¼ inch step down with each turn of the dial to control the depth. The turret on the plunge base also includes an adjustable reference needle on the right hand side. The rubber handled grips on either side of the plunge base makes it easy to control and comfortable for the user.

This small compacted router is easy to move back and forth between the two bases. So just lock it down and you are ready to go. The fixed base is used for trimming and edging, while the plunge base allows you to turn this compact trim router into a fully capable plunge router, making it large enough to tackle 90% of the projects that are done around the house or shop.

Collet and Bit Shank Size(1/4 vs 1/2):

First what is a collet and what is the best size? A collet is that steel sleeve that holds a router bit in the router. The collet works with the router shaft that is directly connected to the motor and tightens down with the collet nut.
When purchasing a router you need to consider the bit shank size. The two most common bit shank sizes are 1/4″ and 1/2″.

The second thing you should take into account is the projects you want to work on and the range of bit sizes that are available for the model of router that you want to purchase. The DWP611PK has a 1/4″ collet which is a good size for a palm router, but remember that this model is not designed for heavy duty work requiring large cutters like the one with a 1/2 “ shank.

After researching the DeWalt DWP611 reviews I found that this router is perfect for beginning wood worker hobbyist or advanced woodworkers who already have a larger, heavy duty router and are looking for a small compact, lightweight machine that’s versatile, but also easy to use for smaller jobs around the shop or on the job site.

The Cutting Depth-DeWalt DWP611PK Wood Router:DWP611-3

The next thing to consider when purchasing a good quality router that is being used every day in the shop is the cutting depth. This palm size tool has an adjustment ring that enables it to control bit depth changes to within 1/64”and an extended 8 slot collet for greater bit contact with the router shank that makes it easier to tighten and loosen the bits. tighter grip. You have up to 1.5” depth travel with the standard base and 2” with Plunge base. This creates a smooth and secure operation at all times.
These adjustments are achieved on the DeWalt DW611PK wood router due to its large, low pressure easy to use spindle lock button that allows single wrench bit changes. The depth ring and clamping mechanism combined in this tool ensures that the motor remains locked in position
The hex wrench for bit changes is included with the router or combo kit. The nice thing about this small router is the placement of the button in the front. This allows easy access for the user, along with its 12 position spindle lock that ratchets into place, making it easy to change bits without having to rotate the spindle 360 degrees to lock it back down.


Additional Features:

The clear D-shape fixed base on this router model improves stability, but also increases the visibility for the wood worker during any edging or radius cuts and the spring-loaded quick release tabs on both sides allow for fast and easy base removal.

The router has two cut out channels on either side that makes it easy to line up with the locking needles on the plunge base, which gives you the ability to have the switch in front or rotate it 180 degrees to the back. The lightweight Aluminum motor housing and base construction provides long term durability.
The flexible, rubbery Rocker power switch has a plastic cover that protects dust and wood partials from getting into the switch during operation to prevent premature switch and motor failure.
Two LED’s lights on the bottom, along with the clear bottom bases illuminate the project in any type of light to make cutting easier or to help fin the next marked –off area to rout.

What type of router table can this model use?

This compact router can be used with a Rockler Trim Router Table. The round acrylic insert plate that comes with this table is already pre-drilled to accept the DWP611 fixed base router. Or, you can install this router on to any router table using an insert plate that you customize by marking and drilling the mounting holes yourself. This compact wood router is a powerful little tool, but should be used with reasonable limits. It can handle projects like dadoes, trimming, radius cuts and finish-carpentry tasks like edge-profiling, hinge and hardware installation.

The 8 foot 120Volt 18 gauge cord with its 3 prong plug allows plenty of length to use around the shop or on the job site and produces 7 amps of power.

This little compact router comes with a Soft Nylon Tool Bag to hold all the pieces in this kit and any accessories that you might purchase like bits or guides in one place.

DeWalt offers a 3 year limited Warranty which will repair, without charge, any defects due to faulty materials or workmanship for three years from the date of purchase and their tools are covered by a 1 year free service that will repair any worn parts caused by normal use.

Can you make circles with this router?
Yes with a circle cutting jig that is sold separately. I found that you can also purchase a metal edge guide that extends 3-Inch from edge of the material. Although it is sold as an accessory for the fixed base, it also can be used with the plunge base as well with mounts on the side designed to attach the guide, but these are not included in this kit.

DeWalt DW611PK 1.25 HP Dimensions:

Weight: 4.1lbs (fixed base) 6.2lbs (plunge base)
Height: 18.9 x 10 x 6.8 inches

Accessories (bits):

Some of the different accessories that can be purchased separately for this model are the DNP618 Edge Guide for Fixed Base Compact Routers, the DNP616 Dust Collection Adapter for a Plunge Base and DNP615 Dust Collection Adapter for a Fixed Base Routers, along with a clear round base and a variety bits to create different cuts.


• Compact
• Lightweight
• Ergonomic grips to relieve hand and arm fatigue
• Relatively quiet
• Smooth
• Powerful – able to handle both soft and hard woods
• Smooth and clean cut quality even with low to mid quality type bits
• Dual LED lights illuminate the work space
• Clear sub base so you can see more of your work area
• Adjustable clamp design
• Easy to change bits
• Variable speed
• Sealed on/off switch
• Optional accessories that extend performance and flexibility
• Plunge base available in combo kit


• Not cordless, but the 8 foot 18 gauge cord will give you plenty of length for any wood shop or job site.
• No edge guide, but that can be purchase separately
• ¼ “ collect only
• Collet nut can be a little difficult to reach but not too bad
• Standard base doesn’t take bushings (need the optional round base)
• No side handles – palm grip only, except on plunge base

DeWalt DWP611PK Ratings:

The consumer reviews and rating that I found seem to really praise the DeWalt DWP611PK wood router, even with its small ¼ “shaft size. This router has been compared to the Bosch Colt compact router and its heavier cousin the DWP618 with many beginning, intermediate and advance woodcrafters giving this compact router the edge over its competition.

How much would you expect to pay ?

This router combo kit is an incredible value as you don’t need to purchase the plunge base separately, but it does require purchasing bits and extra guides as do all routers on the market. I found the best price for this DeWalt DWP611 Wood Router kit is on Amazon. This gives you a saving of $37.25 when you purchase the kit.


But who is this wood router really designed for? This would be a perfect fit for that beginning weekend wood crafter who is just starting out and wants to learn how to add some special touches to their wood working projects or has never used a wood router as it comes with both the fixed and plunge base.

The intermediate and advance wood worker might enjoy adding this little compact tool to their shop if they have a larger wood router set up on a table and hate pulling it off every time they have a small project

If you work in a production shop, cutting profiles on hardwood baseboard all day, then this little compact router is not designed for you. However, if you’re a sign maker, someone who trims laminate on a lot of counter tops, does trim work on fine furniture, or just wants to do woodworking projects around the shop or home; then this could very easily become your go-to router.

If you are looking for something that can handle more of the heavy duty jobs in the work shop, then you might want to consider the DW618PK 12-AMP 2-1/4 HP Plunge and Fixed-Base Variable-Speed Router.

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