So I originally bought the x carve with the router over the spindle because I thought - “well, the router I can pick up anywhere”. I do not know if the rest of you have had troubles but the original Dewalt 611 lasted about 2 weeks and quit. I was in the middle of a project and could not find one locally so I replaced it with a Makita (and made an adapter to make it fit the mount).
I wanted to have a spare around so I had ordered another DeWalt to have here. I was using it to route slots in pictures frames (1/4" wide, 1/8" deep WELL WITHIN what this router should be able to do)- less than 30 linear feet of routing - and it QUIT as well. I returned that one (as it was inside the 30 day return policy) - went to finish my picture frames, and the replacement router doesn’t work at all.
The Makita I put in my machine has been running without issue for 9 months.
I think it may be time for Inventables to change the router they offer with this machine.