Bosch 1617EVSPK vs Dewalt DW618PK Router – Review & Comparison

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Today we have two most dependable router kits, the DeWalt DW618PK and the Bosch 1617EVSPK. Both routing kits give you the option to use them either as a Fixed or plunged router.

If you are new to the woodworking world and you are confused about whether you should buy a fixed base or plunge base wood router, we recommend you to opt for any of these combo kits. Now, the question is, which one? Well, that is why we are here. We will compare the two kits and see who wins this battle of the best.

Fixed wood routers are best for making joints and trimming edges. They can be easily fixed on a router table and you can adjust it according to the routing requirements. That is why they are more accurate as compared to the plunge routers.

Plunge routers work well when you need to work away from the edges. You can take the router above the wood material, then lower it down perpendicularly and accurately depending on the outcome you want. It is better for engraving templates, mortices, and making flutes.

Let us start the comparison review of the routing kits and to know the winner.

Bosch 1617EVSPK vs Dewalt DW618PK Comparison


NameBosch 1617EVSPKDewalt DW618PK
StyleRouterRouter kit
Dimensions6.2 x 19.5 x 14.5 inches15.9 x 24 x 9.1 inches
RPMRange 8,000 to 25,000Range of 8,000 to 25,000
Weight18.2 pounds21.9 pounds
Power Sourcecorded-electriccorded-electric
Voltage120 volts120 volts
Check Price Check Price
Warranty1 YearOne year

Power


Bosch 1617EVSPK comes with a 15-amp motor generating 2.5 HP, which is enough to get through any hardwood or edges. DeWalt DW618PK has a 12-amp motor juicing 2.25 HP that can cut all types of wood. As you can see that DW618PK scores less in this particular department as 1617EVSPK has a better motor offering higher power.

Winner: Bosch 1617EVSPK

Speed


1617EVSPK features a constant response circuitry that keeps the power and RPM constant. You can select the bit speed between 8,000 to 25,000 RPM according to the materials you are working on. Variable speed selection results into a clean and smooth cut. It also has a soft start technology that slowly increases the RPM after startup to make sure your woodwork does not get damaged.

DW618PK has a variable speed selection between 8,000 to 24,000 RPM. You can benefit from lower RPM on large wood parts and use higher RPM while working on soft woods and smaller cuts. Similar to 1617EVSPK, it also has the feature of a soft startup.

Both the models have the variable speed option, but the peak RPM of DeWalt is slightly less than that of Bosch.

Winner: Bosch 1617EVSPK

Dust collection


1617EVSPK does not have any integrated dust collection hood but it is compatible with a couple of dust hoods including RA1175 and RA1173AT. You can purchase any one of them to use with the Bosch unit.

The base of the DW618PK has an integrated through-the-column dust-collection mechanism, which allows you to connect a vacuum to the unit without any trouble, DeWalt excels in dust collection and scores high, while if you will go with Bosch, you have to purchase the particle collector as a separate item.

Winner: DeWalt DW618PK

Plunge Action


Plunge base of 1617EVSPK gives you a smooth action. It allows you to follow the targeted cutline using templates, dovetail fixtures, jigs, and other guiding features. It has a diameter of 6-11/16 inches and offers a depth of 2-1/4 inches.

In DW618PK, you will find brass bushings and hardened steel guide rods to provide accurate and smooth plunge stroke. To help you in repeated plunge strokes, it has five positions adjustable turret stops. The depth of plunge stroke is 2-1/2 inches.

DeWalt offers higher plunge depth with features that help you in wood routing. Bosch does well, however, falls behind from DeWalt in this section.

Winner: DeWalt DW618PK

Collets and other features


  • Both 1617EVSPK and DW618PK have self-releasing collets with a size of ¼ and ½ inches.
  • In the Bosch model, the diameter of the fixed collet is 6 inches while the plunge is 6-11/16 inches. In DeWalt DW618PK, the collet diameter of the fixed collet is ½ inches and it is 1/6 inches for the plunge collet.
  • Power switch on both the models is dust sealed for extra durability.
  • Micro-fine bit-depth adjustment offers precise depth adjustability in 1/64 inch increments and is vertically adjustable in both the routers
  • Plunge lock is present in both of them for single wrench bit changes
  • Tool-free adjustable motor cam lock allows you to quickly make depth adjustment and base change. Cam lock is also available in both the wood routers.

Quick comparison. Fixed and plunge collet diameters are different between the two.

Durability and handling


Constructed with aluminum Bosch 161EVSPK is one of the most durable wood routers we have seen. Whether it is the base or motor housing, both are made of aluminum, looks solid and made to last for many years to come.

DeWalt, who is famous for manufacturing durable power tools, makes no mistake here as well. The DW618PK has sturdy metal housing, brass bushings and hardened steel guide rods on the plunge base.

Bosch router handles are wooden on the fixed base that is smooth and sometimes slips from the hands while rubber molded handles on the plunge base are comfortable. Handles on DeWalt are rubber molded to offer complete control, balance, and comfort. While working with DeWalt DW618PK, you never feel that it is going away. It also has easily accessible plunge lever and switches to provide convenience while routing.

Winner: DeWalt DW618PK

In the box


Without any compromise, Bosch has included everything in the purchase box of 161EVSPK including plunge/fixed base, plunge base chip shield, self-releasing collet chucks, bit change wrenches, hex-height adjustment wrench, carrying case and the router off course.

In the purchase box if DW618PK, you will find a motor pack, fixed/plunge base, collets, wrench, large-hole sub-base, sub-base concentricity gauge, kit box, and vacuum adapter.

Warranty


Bosch 161EVSPK comes with a one-year warranty and you will get a refund within 30 days if you raise any quality related concern or if you find that the machine is not working or has a faulty part.

With DeWalt DW618PK, the warranty is available for three years. In addition, you will get ninety days’ money back guarantee from DeWalt. So, DeWalt buyers will not have to worry about the servicing or replacement for a longer period of time. Even if the machine or its parts break while using, you will be getting the replacement or refund.

Winner: DeWalt DW618PK

Advantages


Bosch 1617EVSPK

  • Easy to use
  • Suitable for a variety of cuts
  • High powered compared to DeWalt
  • High RPM
  • Accurate and versatile

DeWalt DW618PK

  • Lightweight
  • Soft start feature
  • Tool-free adjustments
  • Ergonomic grip
  • Versatile and suitable for all kind of material and hardwoods

Disadvantages


Bosch 161EVSPK

  • Expensive
  • No dust hood included

DeWalt DW618PK

  • Lower RPM compared to its counterpart
  • Weak motor

User reviews


We talked to several users of Bosch wood router and came to know that it completes the job without making much noise, it is easy and convenient to use. Some of them complained about the wooden handles on the fixed base as they prefer a rubber grip. None of them raised concern over its routing capability and accuracy. It is recommended by all of them.

Users of DeWalt wood router praised its comfortable grip that gives complete control. Few regular users surprisingly marked it down on durability as the motor burnt after few projects. Some of them also faced problems with its variable speed control. They recommend it only because of the power and comfort while using.

Which one should you by?


Are you a professional who needs accuracy, easy of work and fast results? Or you are a house owner who just wants to work on a limited number of projects?

If you say yes to the first question, then Bosch is the ideal choice. It has a better motor, accurate plunger, better build and it is reliable. Interruptions like burning motors and slow cutting will never arise with this model, which may hamper your work. Even after reading this post, if you face problems then what is the motive of our research anyway.

DeWalt model mentioned in the post is only for light users and individuals who will take the router out only for the furnishing of small materials. DW618PK comes with a three-year warranty, so even if you will face any problem working on household projects, you will get assistance from the manufacturers.

Best value for money


Bosch 161EVSPK and DeWalt DW618PK, both are convenient to use. They are not only good, but they are manufactured to curate perfection on any material. However, as you see that 161EVSPK has a better motor, higher RPM, but lacks the dust hood. It also performs at a higher voltage and that is why it is faster than DW618PK.

DeWalt DW618PK is a budget-friendly tool working at comparatively low voltage and hence saves a lot of money. It has better dust collection, but less RPM and a motor with less power.

At last, we can say that 161EVSPK is a clear winner. If you are professional, then choose the Bosch model and ignore its initial or operating cost. But, if you have a budget constraint, then go for DW618PK, but only as a hobbyist or DIYer as it is not recommended for industrial use.

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