The DeWalt DW618PK is a combo pack router. It comes with the router (2.25 HP, supporting both 1/4 and 1/2 bits) itself and two different bases. The first is a fixed base and the second is a plunge. There isn’t much to say about the fixed base, as it’s a really simple design. Cam lock and two opposing buttons to secure it and a large screw ring for fine adjustments. It works as advertised. That’s the base that I leave permanently attached to my router table. I then swap out the router into the plunge base when I’m doing hinge mortises. The depth stop works really well and the fit and finish of the router has been great. I love the detachable power cable. The other cool thing from an operational point of view is the soft start. I have a 1 HP Makita router that doesn’t have the feature and turning it on can be a little jarring.
The one downside that I have with this router is also a pro. Kind of weird, I know. The carry case that it comes with is massive, so it’s a pain to find a place for it. The cool part though, is that because it’s so big, it ends up being really forgiving when you’re putting the tool away. You don’t have to make sure that everything is factory reset into the special cavities in just the right way. That’s kind of a pleasure.
I did an unboxing video below if you want to see everything that it comes with, but for the sake of this review, I am pretty darn happy with this router.