Love the power!, December 2, 2000
Reviewer: Ken Ewald
Anyone using this router to do hand held plunge routing
better have a strong grip! It's powerful. Even with the
soft-start technology, the torque is amazing.
The dust collection attachment worked great until it
broke. I see why it's made of clear plastic, to enable
viewing the bit at work, but it sure breaks easily, and I
haven't found a glue that will repair it permanently. So,
I'm now thinking about adding the 621 - 2hp unit to my
collection because of it's built in dust collection
system. DeWalt should do something similar to the 625.
Good, but limited, May 13, 2002
Reviewer: W Ferris
I've had my DW625 about a year. I bought it because it was
going to be my only router. I wanted a machine that was
capable of doing just about everything a router should be
capable of. Unfortunately, for me, the router is something
of a mixed bag.
I am not at all disappointed with the power or handling
characteristics considering the size of the machine. The
3hp motor effetely drives large bits. The low centre of
gravity makes this big machine relatively easy to handle
compared to other 3hp routers and the plunge action is
very smooth. The on/off switch is convenient, although a
switch which turns the machine off when released would be
far safer. The plunge lock mechanism can be somewhat
difficult to use for someone with smallish hands (for a
guy), but I'm now used to it. The soft start and
electronic control means that you don't get that jump when
starting up and you get an even cut under varying loads.
However, it's use under a router table can be rather
I have made my own table with a 6mm (~1/4") supported
acrylic surface. It's simple and should work well with the
625, especially with the fine adjuster, made for when the
router is table mounted. However, even at 6mm the router
cannot push the bits high enough at times. This is
incredibly frustrating and it's tempting to overextend the
bits in the collet, which isn't good for the collet, the
bits or for safety. Using a 4mm slot cutter on multiple
repeat pieces should be a breeze if you use a table with
stops. Unfortunately my bit, of average length, does not
extend far enough using the table due to the inadequate
travel of the 625. Cutting 24 identical pieces topside
then becomes infuriating.
I also recently wanted to do some template work. Most
template guide adverts, including those shown here, say
that the universal 1 3/16" template guides fit DeWalt
routers with an adapter. I live in Cape Town and have been
in touch with the local dealer and emailed DW in the USA,
asking where I can get an adapter. So far, after numerous
attempts to get an answer from DW, I have yet to receive a
reply from the USA and the importers of DW here cannot get
an answer from the UK. Getting good service with courtesy
should be a consideration when buying anything. Lack of
after-sales service would seriously make me consider
options other than DeWalt should I be in market for a new
Overall I like the DW625, but it has serious limitations
with regards to table mounting and using template guides.
Router Purchase, March 8, 2006
Reviewer: Robert King
I will say this router has plenty of power for
woodworking, but I am in the solid surface market, and it
works good with smaller bits, but the big bits, it seems a
little under powered. All in all the plunge works good,
and I like the design of the switch. I just wish they made
a 3 1/2 hp.
I just ordered the Festool 2000 to replace it.
Very Disappointed, February 10, 2006
Reviewer: D. R. Lund "av8"
I was pleased with the quick shipping of this router -
received it just a couple days after placing my order on
However, the first time I used the router, it worked for
less than a minute, cut in and out several times and then
quit working altogether.
I took it to DeWalt's Factory Store/Repair Center in the
Chicago area. They tell me they are "backed up" and it
will be at least 2 weeks before they can repair the
I have a number of other DeWalt machines (planer, compound
sliding miter saw and portable table saw). This is the
first one to give me any problems - hope it isn't a design
My thoughts, September 7, 2005
Reviewer: G. A. Baumchen
One major problem with this router is the lack of a 'Dead
Man Switch' which could allow the motor to turn off when
the switch is released. This item has a VERY cumbersome
ON-OFF switch; very difficult to operate. I find it hard
to imagine that anyone would make such an item with this
type of switch.
Best i ever bought, July 25, 2005
Reviewer: C. Alexander
Perfect balance, power and accuracy - the best around.
p.s. its made in Italy...not Taiwan.