DEWALT DWP611PK 1.25 HP Compact Router Review

Combining the ease of use with power and solid performance, the DeWalt DWP611PK is a great tool that is ideal for beginners and very useful for intermediate and more professional users, and in this guide, we’ll be reviewing that amazing tool and demonstrating its pros, cons and main features so you can make the right decision.

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DeWalt DWP611PK Review

Horse Power, Motor, and Soft Start

The horsepower rating of any power tool’s motor is a very important aspect.

This router comes with a 1.25 peak HP motor that suits its small size. That doesn’t mean that its power and torque are any less effective, however.

Moreover, the DeWalt DWP611PK comes with a soft start feature to reduce the effect of the torque on the motor and the load on the powertrain which minimizes the stress on the router’s motor.

You should check this video to see it during operation

Variable Speeds

The speed dial on the DeWalt DWP611PK ranges from 1 to 6, allowing the router to operate at a speed between 16,000 RPM and up to 27,000 RPM.

This allows the user to adjust the speed to the rotations that best suits the type of project they’re working on.

On top of that, it’s a helpful way to prevent burning and start-up twisting.

Each adjustment on the dial results in a difference of 20 to 100 RPM bumps up in speed to enable the router to fit both entry-level and professional work.

Plunge and Fixed Base

With the DeWalt DWP611PK, you’ll get both a plunge and a fixed base.

The plunge one is useful for plunging smoothly with no hanging up when you move up and down.

On the other hand, the fixed base comes with a locking lever and a 360 micro-adjustment ring that enables the router to move up and down to enable you to reach the perfect depth of every cut.

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Furthermore, the DeWalt DWP611PK has a 5-position adjustable turret on its right side that enables you to take ¼ inch step downs for absolute control over the depth.

Ergonomic Design

Both the adjustable reference needle and the rubber grips on either side of the plunge base make controlling the router very easy and comfortable.

Being small in size and compact in design also makes it easy to move back and forth between the two bases.

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The DeWalt DWP611PK measures 18.9 x 10 x 6.8 inches and weighs 4.1 pounds with the fixed base and 6.2 pounds with the plunge one.

On top of that, the DeWalt DWP611PK comes with dual LED’s and a clear sub-base to give you the maximum visibility as you work.

Collet size and Cutting Depth

The DeWalt DWP611PK’s ¼-inch collet is suitable for the light-duty tasks it is meant to do.

With the standard base, you get up to 1.5-inch deep cuts while that number increases to 2 inches with the plunge base.

Its ring allows you to adjust the bit depth changes to within 1/64-inch and an extended 8 slot collet enhanced the bit contact with the router shank for easy tightening and loosening of the bits.

Locking the router in position is ensured with the depth ring and clamping mechanism that the DeWalt DWP611PK is equipped with.

You can even change the bits without needing to rotate the spindle 360 degrees thanks to the 12 position spindle lock that ratchets into place.

Stability, Precision and Durability

You can find a D-shaped fixed base on the DeWalt DWP611PK which works on improving its stability and increasing visibility.

Moreover, the router comes with two cut out channels on both sides to facilitate lining up with the locking needles on the plunge base.

For a power tool that does such difficult tasks, durability must be a concern.

And that’s why the DeWalt DWP611PK has a lightweight aluminum motor housing and base construction for the maximum durability.

The power switch also comes with a plastic cover to protect it against the debris of dust and wood.

DeWalt DWP611PK’s accessories and bits

You can purchase various accessories to enhance the performance of your router.

This includes 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 Router.

You can also buy a clear round base for extended visibility and a variety of bits for different cuts.

What can I use my DeWalt DWP611PK for?

The DWP611PK is an ideal choice if you’re a sign maker or if your work involves trimming and laminating on a lot of countertops and fine furniture.

It’s also suitable if you if you’re going to do woodworking projects around your house or shop.

However, if you work in a production shop and cut profiles on hardwood baseboard, then you should skip this model.

DeWalt DWP611PK vs Bosch Colt


If you’re considering both of these routers, you can make your mind up according to these following differences:

The DeWalt DWP611PK has more accurate depth adjustments and performs more quietly than the Bosch Colt.

Moreover, if you’re looking to work with a plunge base, only the DWP611PK can live up to your expectations.

As for the safety of operation, the DeWalt DWP611PK seems to do a better job at keeping your finger away from the base window and bit.

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Final Thoughts

The DeWalt DWP611PK is a great compact router for beginners and wood crafters that are starting out and looking to learn how to add details and touches to their woodworking projects.

It might also suit you if you’re more experience but hate pulling your larger wood router every time you have to work on a smaller project.

If you’re looking for something that is more suitable for handling heavy-duty tasks, the DW618PK might be a better choice for you.

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