- 14 Apr 2021
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It's maybe because the DW625 started life as the Elu MOF177, the replacement for the Elu MOF98, around 1982/83 - at a time before dust extraction on power tools became a thing (even given that Elu were sort of pioneers in the field). I believe that the Elu OF97 (or the OF1 as it was originally named in Germany) was designed as the replacement for the Elu MOF96 8mm plunge router a couple of years later and may well have taken some of its' inspiration from the Jim Phillip's book "Techniques of Routing", which appeared in 1980 and includes an illustration of "the router of the future" which illustrates in a sketch a plunging (common on European and Japanesel routers at the time - still relatively uncommon on American ones then), variable speed (very rare in 1980 - the only router I can think of was the Elu MOF77) router with a micro adjustable side fence and dust extraction via one of the columns. I don't think it is coincidence that Jim Phillip's founded Trend Machinery in 1955 as the importer of Elu power tools and were still importing Elu in the early 1980s (until Black & Decker took ownership of Elu in the mid 1980s). The OF1 as stated became the OF97, which in turn went yellow as the deWalt DW621, which in turn spawned the DW622. Ever the copyists (at the time) Makita did their own version(s), the RP1100/RP1110.or why Dewalt never used it on the 1/2 inch 2000 W 625 .
So that's probably why the DW625 doesn't have built-in dust extraction..
...or maybe not
What is certain is that Trend were a major influence on Elu: they introduced their own micro adjustable side fences forvthe MOF31, MOF77 and MOF98 when Elu.didn't make such things and they produced the first dust extraction kit for the MOF177/DW624/DW625 which seems to have been copied by DW later on (early MOF177s had no DX kit - I have a type 2 owned since new which confirms this)