Bosch 1617EVSPK VS DeWalt DW618PK – A Complete Comparison

In this article, I’ll be comparing two of the best router kits on the market: Bosch 1617EVSPK VS DeWalt DW618PK.

If you’re into cutting –or more precisely, routing- wood, and you want to switch between a fixed and plunge base, either router would suit you well.

But what’s the difference between them and why should you choose one over the other? Let’s go over the features to make a final decision.

Bosch 1617EVSPK vs DeWalt DW618PK

Product DEWALT DW618PK Bosch 1617EVSPK
Models
Best Router for Professionals

Best Value for Money
Motor Power 12-AMP - 2.25 HP 12-AMP - 2.25 HP
Dimensions 6 x 11.5 x 11.6 in 7 x 10.25 x 19.25 in
Rating 4.2/5 4.4/5
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Motor Power and Features

Both the Bosch 1617EVSPK and the DeWalt DW618PK have 12-AMP, 2.25 horsepower motors that enable them to cut through the toughest of wood so that you can get a smooth finish.

They both have soft start motors as well, which reduces the torque and the load on the power train during startup and thereby extend the longevity of the motor.

Winner: Tie.

Variable Speeds

Bosch 1617EVSPK

The medium-sized 1617EVSPK comes with a variable speed dial on the front side which allows you to make 6-speed adjustments.

From 1 to 3, you’ll get an RPM range between 8,000 and 16,500 and will be able to work with larger-diameter bits and cutters.

From 4 to 6, you’ll get an RPM range between 20,000 to 25,000 and will be able to work with smaller-diameter bits as well as work with laminates and softwood.

Moreover, the router has a Constant Response Circuitry that maintains the power and RPM for consistent performance and compatibility with various bit sizes.

BOSCH 1617EVSPK VARIABLE SPEED

Moreover, it has electronic speed control to maintain the speed under load and reduce twisting during startup and prevent overheating.

Video: A closer look at the Bosch 1617EVSPK

DeWalt DW618PK

With the DeWalt DW618PK, you’ll get variable speeds with full feedback control that range between 8,000 rotations per minute and up to 24,000 RPM.

The speed is easy to control by turning the variable speed dial. This way, you can reach the speed that is most convenient for the type of project you’re working on.

You get a range of rotation between 8,000 and 14,000 RPM when you set the dial between 1 and 3 –this allows you to use cutters and bits of a larger diameter.

On the other hand, you can get a range of rotation between 18,000 and 24,000 RPM when you set the dial between 4 and 6 –this allows you to use bits of a smaller diameter to work with plastic laminates and softwoods.

Video: A closer look at the Bosch 1617EVSPK

Winner: The Bosch 1617EVSPK.

Plunge VS Fixed Base

Whichever router you go for, both the Bosch 1617EVSPK and DeWalt DW618PK come both with a fixed base and plunge base.

This means you get control over the depth and consistency of your cuts with the fixed base and more freedom to dive into and pull out of your workpiece with the plunge one.

Bosch 1617EVSPK

Both bases come with Bosch Precision Centering Design that makes it easier to maintain the bit on the desired cutting line.

They also feature clamp systems for quick and tool-free changes between different bases. The 2.56-inch wide base opening can accommodate larger bits.

DeWalt DW618PK

The DeWalt DW618PK’s base comes with a locking lever and 360-micro-adjustment ring that gives the user full control over the depth of the cuts.

Winner: The DeWalt 618PK.

Ergonomics

Bosch 1617EVSPK

You can control the cutting depth thanks to the depth rod and depth stop turret and the soft grip handles on either side of the plunge base make handling it easy and smooth.

On the other hand, the fixed base is equipped with hardwood handles and threaded holes in order to be mounted on router tables.

It also has an advanced bit height adjustment system that lets you fix the bit’s height from above the router table.

On top of that, it has a 10-foot cord that gives you plenty of room to work and maneuver your machine.

DeWalt DW618PK

The DW618PK are two rubber handles that you can attach to the router at an angle which pushes the point closer to the base plate.

Moreover, you can easily change the bits with quick single changes with the help of the spindle lock and wrench.

Furthermore, the LEXAN sub-base makes the DW618PK more stable and maximizes the visibility during edging and radius cuts.

The base can also be removed easily with the spring-loaded quick-release tabs on both sides of the router.

And while the DW618PK isn’t cordless, its 8-foot 18 gauge cord gives you a lot of space to move with the cord. On top of that, you can completely detach it for extended maneuverability.

There is a downside, however, and that is that the DeWalt DW618PK has a split base design to pull the walls of the base together to secure the motor.

This is done by the help of a clamp, and then when you tighten that clamp down, the motor moves an inch or two vertically.

In all cases, this can be avoided by checking the depth of the bit after you’ve secured the clamp.

Winner: The DeWalt DW618PK

Collet Size and Cutting Depth

Bosch 1617EVSPK

A great advantage to the Bosch 1617EVSPK is that you can use both a ¼-inch and a ½-inch collet in order to work with a wide range of bit sizes including 1/4, 3/8, ½, and 8 mm.

This means you can easily make rabbiting joints and dovetails with no kickback or motor overheating.

The collet chuck also has a self-releasing feature that makes changing the bits a walk in the park.

Furthermore, the 3 different adjustment gives you unmatches precision.

There are 3 horizontal notches on either side of the housing. They’re spaced ½ an inch apart and allow you to lower or raise the depth through a simple press of the adjustment release lever.

On the other hand, the plunge base has a fine adjustment system that enables you to make micro-adjustments to the depth so you can maximize the accuracy of your cuts.

With each revolution of the fine adjustment stop, the plunging depth is adjusted by 1/32-inch while each indicator mark on the knob represents 1/128 of an inch.

However, the system can is a bit fragile as the screw is a little weak and the c-ring is prone to falling or breaking.

The release clamp can also be a little too tight and scratch the motor during the base changes.

DeWalt DW618PK

The DeWalt DW618PK also spares you the need to decide between a ¼-inch collet and a 1/2-inch one as it’s compatible with both for maximum versatility.

In terms of cutting depth, the DeWalt DW618PK lets you control the bit depth changes within 1/64 of an inch and comes with an 8-slot collet to provide the maximum contact with the router shank.

You get 1.5-inch depth travel with the standard base and 2-inch depth travel with the plunge one.

DEWALT DW618PK CUTTING DEPTH

Moreover, you’ll find a 5-position adjustable turret on the right-hand side of the plunge base which enables you to make 1/32-inch step downs with each turn of the dial.

On top of that, the micro-fine depth adjustment rings can perform accurate routes of up to 5/128 of an inch.

These two features combined will maximize your control over the depth of each cut you make.

Winner: The Bosch 1617EVSPK.

Dimensions and Size

Bosch 1617EVSPK

The Bosch 1617EVSPK’s has a 6-inch base and its height is 6 inches with the fixed base and 6-11/16-inch with the plunge one. The router weighs 19.5 pounds.

As for the price, the Bosch 1617EVSPK gives you great value for the money you pay –which isn’t a very high price.

DeWalt DW618PK

The DeWalt DW618PK is quite compact as it measures 10.8 x 9.5 x 7.2 inches and weighs 7.2 pounds with the fixed base and 10.1 with the plunge one.

Winner: The DeWalt DW618PK.

Price

Bosch 1617EVSPK

As for the price, the Bosch 1617EVSPK gives you great value for the money you pay –which isn’t a very high price.

DeWalt DW618PK

Even though the DeWalt DW618PK is more expensive than its rival, this difference in price can be justified with the stability and precision of the DW618PK’s performance.

Winner: The Bosch 1617EVSPK.

Pros and Cons

Bosch 1617EVSPK

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Solid and reliable performance
  • Comes with both a fixed and a plunge base
  • 10-foot cord
  • Double insulation
  • 10-foot cord
  • Versatility

Cons

  • A little expensive
  • Changing the bits requires wrenches
  • Bushings can get clogged with sawdust when in the table mount

By the way, this is a separate in-depth review for the Bosch 1617EVSPK, check it out for more info.

DeWalt DW618PK

Pros

  • Very lightweight
  • Has a soft start to extend the motor’s life
  • Enables the user to make adjustments without tools
  • Designed ergonomically
  • Can cut through hardwood

Cons

  • Doesn’t come with an edge tool guide
  • Adjustment ring doesn’t always lock in properly

Winner: The DeWalt DW618PK

Bosch 1617EVSPK or DeWalt DW618PK: Final Thoughts

For an entry-level router that’s able to handle light-duty jobs, the Bosch 1617EVSPK is a great choice. It performs well, gives you great value for the money, and will help you finish work around the house or workshop.

On the other hand, if you’re transitioning towards a more professional level of woodworking, you should go for the DeWalt DW618PKAlthough it’s a little more expensive, it gives you the precision to add special touches, trimming, inlays, and fine furniture building.

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