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DeWalt DWP611PK Compact Router

Lightweight, compact router excels at common routing tasks like edge profiling, flush trimming, and even mortising with the included plunge base.
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A light, ergonomic compact router with variable speed control, plus a full-featured plunge base-the ultimate handheld powerhouse! Smooth-sliding plunge base has rubber handles, a five-step turret stop, and sliding depth-rod with micro-rod for fine adjustments. LED lighting in base with clear sub-bases for optimum visibility. Powerful 1-1/4 hp motor is perfect for trimming laminate, cutting flutes, edge profiling and even mortising. All-metal motor can is designed for durability, and motor features soft-start and electronic speed control to maintain speed under load. Intuitive depth adjustment ring, quick-release tabs and adjustable clamp make adjustments a snap. 1/4" collet is extra-long for better contact with the bit, and the spindle lock features a large button and 12 detentes for easy bit changes.

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Brand Dewalt
Manufacturer Part Number DWP611PK
Weight 10.2000
Tech Spec
  • Router Type: Combination (Fixed & Plunge)
  • Power Used (Amps): 7
  • Operating Input Voltage: 110 volt / 120 volt @ 60hz (North America)
  • Horsepower (HP): 1.25 HP
  • RPM (Rotations Per Minute): 16,000 to 27,000
  • Collet Diameter: 1/4"
  • Plunge Stroke: 2"
  • Spindle Lock: Yes
  • Collet Capacity: 1/4"
  • Base Dimensions: 4" standard and 4-3/8" x 5-3/4" plunge
  • Plunge base accepts standard guide bushings
Speed Range 16,000 to 27,000
HP 1-1/4 HP
4.9 / 5.0
145 Reviews
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Great little router
Love it.....great deal on sale.
May 28, 2020
1 month ago
Woodworking Experience:
Excellent compact plunge router
May 27, 2020
1 month ago
Woodworking Experience:
High quality router.
Great router! Got it as a 2nd because it was a pain to keep removing my other from the table. Plenty of power and I love the light. Highly recommend.
April 3, 2020
3 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
excellent. All of the dewalt tools I own have been great.
March 30, 2020
3 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Compact plunge router
Easy to handle. Used it in combination with sign making kit. Works great
March 24, 2020
3 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Get product and great quality.
March 17, 2020
3 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Superb tool!
Used this right away out of the box. As an intermediate woodworker, I found the instructions, set-up and connection very clear and easy to understand. The router worked exceptionally well, without grabbing at the wood and without requiring two hands and a jig to operate. If you need a quick and lightweight router, this is it!
March 17, 2020
3 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
dewalt dwp611pk router
bought this router for sign making. useing a milescraft signpro set. milescraft router base fit right up and i was routing a sign. works well. have 4 routers now and use them as dedicated routers to a single purpose. will most likely buy another Dewalt when I upgrade my router table.
March 5, 2020
3 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
So far its doing exactly what the sales person pitched me on! Love it...
March 4, 2020
3 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
When I went looking for a compact router, I was looking for a Bosch, but the salesman at Rockler recommended the DeWalt 611, he and a few other people there own one and find that it's a very good router. I'm not a big DeWalt fan as such, but after using it for a while I must admit, I'm really impressed with it. I think it was a good choice and it was quite affordable at that. And I would recommend it to others as well.
February 29, 2020
3 months ago
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Why did you choose this?
Rockler Store
Great price on quality item.
Blanca G on Apr 30, 2020
price and DeWalt quality
Daniel O on Apr 30, 2020
Great price on quality item.
Blanca G on Apr 30, 2020
great price drop , can't touch anywhere else for this price
Kurt D on Apr 30, 2020
price and DeWalt quality
Daniel O on Apr 30, 2020
I wanted a compact router so I can keep it set up with round over bits so I don't have to keep setting up my big router.
Michael M on Apr 27, 2020
Good user reviews and YouTube reviews indicate this is a perfect mid range router choice. Good power and features, quality and Dewalt reputation.. Nice balance and performance..
Tool Man Bob on Apr 27, 2020
Like the idea of two bases and was looking for a hand held router to complement the larger router I have mounted in a router table.
Dave S on Apr 26, 2020
Bought for sign making.
John S on Apr 25, 2020
Great deal on a highly rated palm / compact router. I've been wanting to add one to my shop for some time, so the sale was a great opportunity to do so.
Stephen E on Apr 20, 2020
Wanted to buy a compact router and this was a good buy for a Dewalt router.
Jim T on Apr 20, 2020
reliable ,well built ,I have used this router at work its extremely good tool
timothy j on Apr 18, 2020
I like the Brand and needed to replace my 30 year old router.
Brian L on Apr 18, 2020
I borrowed my brother’s to trim some formica and decided I needed one for myself. Much easier to use for small jobs than my big Porter Cable.
Robert H on Apr 18, 2020
I don't need a huge router for around the house and the plunge attachment makes it a great deal!
Andy L. on Apr 17, 2020
Wanted a smaller compact router for use on small projects and inlays. Always helps when <br />product wanted goes on sale.
Randall C on Apr 17, 2020
Wanted a smaller router for light work and a plunge base. Reviews looked good!
Kim B on Apr 17, 2020
I needed a small handheld router and have been very happy with my other DeWalt tools.
Glenn S on Apr 17, 2020
Sale price
Gary C on Apr 17, 2020
Because I have faith in DeWalt products and I have a need for a small router.
Lewis Riley E on Feb 26, 2020
My handheld router was old and bulky. This router will have more applications with the plunge base and is made by a quality company. I hope it has the capacity for a larger collett in addition to the 1/4”.
W P on Feb 26, 2020
Need to upgrade.Old dewalt is worn out
Loren M on Feb 23, 2020
I needed to buy my first router and the DeWalt brand is my preference for hand held power tools.
Kraig P on Feb 20, 2020
Price!!!! Liked it so much I ordered two of them
Tracy on Feb 18, 2020
to cut circles as small as 6" in diameter
William H on Feb 11, 2020
I have had good results with all my DeWalt tools.
James R on Feb 6, 2020
Sign making and smaller projects
Lawrence B on Feb 5, 2020
been looking for a compact router with plunge base. price was right
wayne w on Feb 4, 2020
Store salesman helped me select - very helpful on phone
Kimberly D on Feb 3, 2020
Long Standing reputation, from information on internet.<br />Sale price and promotion for free shipping to be received before Christmas 2019
Robert R on Dec 22, 2019
This was the preferred brand
James R on Nov 29, 2019
I didn't have a plunge router base. and I have a mediocre palm router. This is on sale and a great piece of equipment.
Paul a on Nov 29, 2019
Had all the features I was looking for. Great price at Rockler.
Patricia W on Nov 28, 2019
Recommended by Rockler for precision and quality
DAVID M on Jul 12, 2019
The thin metal frame attached to the clear base allows for better view of routing surface. The Makita and Bosch Colt have too much metal in the way to see the surface.
Mark G on Jun 15, 2019
because I dont have one
CHRISTOPHER B on Jan 3, 2019
Need a smaller router for a lettering kit
Strauss on Dec 24, 2018
Similar to other brands but has the LED lighting. Nice feature. Have used mostly Dewalt in the past, so I knew it'd be of good quality.
BigRhino on Dec 21, 2018
lightweight and compact plus has plunge attachment
Mario C on Dec 15, 2018
I like it
Dave M on Dec 14, 2018
My son wanted this for a gift. Could not find this model in local stores
Gwen Y on Dec 11, 2018
My husband wants it for Christmas. Don't know why he needs five routers, but if that's what he wants........
Laurie A on Dec 11, 2018
My son requested it for a Christmas present.
Tamara C on Dec 7, 2018
For my first router
Jennifer W on Dec 3, 2018
I did a lot of research and it came down to reviews and ratings.
Brad P on Dec 3, 2018
Needed to replace old router. Good online reviews.
Gary O on Dec 2, 2018
my husband broke his last one. Christmas gift.
Shelby I on Nov 29, 2018
Husband wish list
April D on Nov 29, 2018
Great tool good price
Paul Bean O on Nov 26, 2018
Upgraded router needed....
Kevin S on Nov 26, 2018
I have been looking for a router for a while. I was going to get a Bosch router but the Dewalt router kit had more of the features that I wanted.
John J on Nov 26, 2018
My sons said this was a great buy.
Tamara C on Nov 26, 2018
great price drop , can't touch anywhere else for this price
Kurt D on Apr 30, 2020
I wanted a compact router so I can keep it set up with round over bits so I don't have to keep setting up my big router.
Michael M on Apr 27, 2020
What model edge guide can be used with this router?
A shopper on Sep 2, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Porter cables router guide works perfectly. Use it all the time.
Can this be used with sign making kits?
John H on Feb 6, 2016
Is there a D handle base that is made to fit this router? I know there is one for the larger dewalt routers, not sure if they would fit this smaller unit. I would sure appreciate any input.
Philip V on Aug 17, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I am not aware of a "D" handle made for this router and a standard "D" handle base will not fit due to the smaller diameter of this router.
Can it be used on aluminum?
A shopper on Jul 14, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Yup I used it to mill an 80% lower and it worked excellent
will it accept standard 1 3/16 pattern guides?
Roger W on May 14, 2015
BEST ANSWER: If you mean the standard porter cable guide, it will fit the plunge base. If you want to use guides with the router base, you need to order the round base and replace the one that comes with the kit. They are available for around $6-7. Also advise that you get or make a centering guide which is basically a sliding cone on a 1/4" rod. If the base is not centered to the collet your cuts will be off when using a pattern guide.
Will the DeWalt DWP611PK Compact Router accept the universal style template guides with the DEWALT DNP613 Round Sub Base?
Daniel R on Aug 22, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I use my Porter Cable set -- I think that's universal. So I would say yes.
Does the plunge base accept standard size bushings for inlay work
Glenn A. C on Mar 6, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes it does.
Does the base accept guide bushing 43877 for use with Jigit Mortiising System?
Bradley R on Apr 26, 2017
What size shank 1/2" or 1/4"?
Robert S on Jul 11, 2016
BEST ANSWER: the collet size is 1/4" so it will work with 1/4" shanks
where was this unit made?
Farid H on May 1, 2020
DeWalt DWP611PK Compact Router
DeWalt DWP611PK Compact Router
Makita RT0701CX7 1-1/4 HP Compact Router Kit
Makita RT0701CX7 1-1/4 HP Compact Router Kit
BEST ANSWER: According to the purchasing information I have at Rockler.
The Makita is made in Canada and the Dewalt is made in Mexico.
This is probably not big enough to cut rabbits is it?
Todd K on Jun 3, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I’ve made 3/8 (and 3/4 with two passes) rabbits through pine and 7x birch ply without issue. Also depends on depth, I generally cut 1/4 depth per pass and does not bog down with chips.
I purchased a DeWalt DWP611PK. I would like to purchase the plunge base. Are they sold separately?
Dale M on Jan 19, 2018
BEST ANSWER: The router comes with the plunge base and a bag to keep it in. You should be good to go.
I already own the Dewalt 1/4" router but it did not come with plunger base. Can the plunger base be purchased as a separate item?
Jeff H on Mar 3, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Hi Jeff. I own the DeWalt trim router but I purchased mine with the plunge base included. I have not seen the plunge base advertised separately. I recommend you contact Rockler by phone and ask them if they sell it separately. Apparently you asked them this question via the internet and them forwarded the question to me because I purchased the router and have helped others with questions regarding its use. I would call their Customer Service Department direct and ask them your question. Hope this helps.
I bought this router along with the sign making kit and 3/8 bit. How deep do I set the bit to cut the letters?
Jim on Apr 30, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Normally I willl start at a pass depth of around 1/8”. It depends on how deep you would like the letters but do not exceed the cut depth of the sign making router bit.
Can you use guide bushings with this router? I have the State Park font set templates. Do I need to get a different base plate?
Roboink on Jul 18, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Yes. I used the guide bushing supplied with the template kit and it works fine.
Will this fit in the Rockler Convertible Bench Top Router Table?
Lisa S on Jan 5, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Hi Lisa, You just need to mounting plate that is compatible. I see the Rockler offers a compact router mounting bracket which should work. The Dewalt is a very nice compact router but could be under powered for some applications. Small and medium projects should be fine and would be in line with the capabilities of the bench top router table, I have a full size router table and a Porter cable router mounted to it. Works great for any application. Have 5 other routers too and the Dewalt is certainly one of of favorites for small projects.
I am considering the Dewalt 1.25 hp plunge router combo as well as the 2.25 hp Dewalt plunge router combo. I plan to make a number of signs, but will probably use the router for other things. I like the compactness of the 1.25 hp model but am concerned that there are some jobs that I would need a larger router for. Could you tell me the pros and cons of the two router sizes and are there any jobs I could not do with the 1.25 hp model? Also, can I use the 1.25 hp model in a router table?
James O on May 9, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I agree with Andy, a bigger router is better for a table, You can even get just the router rather than a kit. I have one router dedicated to the table which saves a lot of set-up time
Is this the right plunge router for using keyhole slot template tools?
Teresa H on Jan 26, 2018
BEST ANSWER: It can be. When using this router to do a key hole, or any router, I typically use a narrow straight bit first, the same size or a bit wider than the narrow part of the bit, but smaller than the large part of the bit. This way the keyhold bit doesn't have to work so hard. If you do that, than this will be a fine router to use for this task.
Does this come with the contractor's for easier travel from job to job?
Chris G on Oct 8, 2015
BEST ANSWER: This comes with a fabric carrying case.
Will the Dewalt 611 router fit the pre-drilled holes?
A shopper on May 27, 2015
DeWalt DWP611PK Compact Router
DeWalt DWP611PK Compact Router
Complete Basic Router Table Package With Accessory Kit
Complete Basic Router Table Package With Accessory Kit
BEST ANSWER: This router table is designed for full-size routers.

The Dewalt 611 is primarily intended as a palm router, and its smaller size is not compatible with the table.