nice features, ease of use, ready for inlay, and
dovetails.., December 4, 2003
Reviewer: Paul Castaneda
I purchased this router set to do inlay work and use on
the dovetail machine. I wanted to keep my bosch under the
table so I did not have to pull it out all the time (by
the way the bosch is a nice machine too!).
1.) The bases on all three are narrow enough to hold brass
bushings to follow templates and it was a snap to start
the dovetailing like I wanted. It does have soft start
like the bosch.
2.) The D handle is nice too I use that the most. I have
had some trouble with the bit coming lose on the 1/4"
shank but only because I did not tighten it good from the
excitement of having a new tool (no harm done).
3.)It does have variable speed which I love to control on
4.)The other feature I like are the cord connectors which
have their own plugs and are easy to connect. The ends of
the cord twist and latch so you know they're in place.
5.)The plunge base has a vaccum port on one of the shafts
that I have yet to use.
6.)The dial on the router bases are smooth and raises and
lowers the motor with precision and locks tight.
1. When routing some stock you can really see the coils
and bushings wind up the eletricity through the top vents
which is normal but can be distracting, I'll get use to it
2.I like the one wrench bit removal with the push pin to
hold the collet in place, but it takes some practice. (No
more loose bits!)
Overall the machine is excellent and I am happy with the
purchase and performance. The cons are very minor. I would
have to choose this machine over the bosch if it were my
only router because of how veritile it is (dovetail &
inlay bushing bases, three bases, vaccum attachment, and
variable speed) but what serious woodworker can only get
away with one router? Oh yeah, and I did get the free
Great tool DeWalt!!!, February 18, 2004
Reviewer: A home improvement enthusiast
Well, this is my first "yellow" tool. I am a "blue" tool
guy but I did not like some of the features on the new
Makita routers, they are excellent tools with rave reviews
but I did not like the entire motor turning when you
adjust the depth. The problem was also compounded that
nobody made a D-handle, plunge combo kit. I handled them
all, every top name in the business. I took a look at the
Dewalt 3piece combo and fell in love with it. It's a very
well thought out system. Plus it's the only router brand
that I know of that includes all three bases in one kit.
Smooth Power, Soft start, very quiet for a router.
Three bases with great ergo design.
Awesome depth adjustment, motor does not twist.
Power cords are detachable.
Easy snap in and out bases.
Great value, D-handle base only costs you about 40 bucks
with the three piece kit, retail is about $90!!
Fixed base in the router table, D-handle and plunge for
freehand work, what else could you want?
Operate the power switch with your thumb without taking
your hands off the router on the fixed base and plunge,
not an issue with the d-handle.
None, well ok, for you really picky people the case is
larger than other routers, but remember there are three
bases in there.
I did originally purchase the Milwaukee Body grip and
loved it before I picked up the DeWalt. The ONLY reason I
did not keep it was because I wanted a plunge base and the
"red" company does not make a PB for the 5616. I did not
want to spend another $200 on a plunge router, and still
not have the D-handle option. This is my first router and
I could not think of a better kit for the DIY homeowner to
Review of Dewalt Router , March 15, 2006
Reviewer: Robert L. Woolwich
The Absolute best router I have ever owned . Easy to use
and precise cutting. Very well Balanced
Well worth the great price, March 9, 2006
Reviewer: Robert Putt
Very versitle tool with plenty of power at a great price.
Each of the base holders have good balance and feel,
powered by a very smooth and quite motor.
Speed control collar broke after an hour!, February 19,
Reviewer: Stephan Bour
I had the same experience as Donna M. Freeth below.
Something came loose inside the motor and the motor
revolutions increased to frightening speed. I opened the
yellow top and discovered 3 pieces of what used to be a
black ring. I'm pretty sure it's the variable speed
control for the motor because it sits right below the top
bearing and in front of the speed control module. So much
for buying quality for peace of mind!