DeWalt Cordless Router DCW600
A new DeWalt cordless router is heading to stores next spring following several other woodworking products. The DeWalt DCW600 is a brushless model for their 20V Max lineup to supplement your corded trim router. Whether or not it can be a replacement for your corded model remains to be seen.
- Model DCW600
- Brushless Motor
- Pretty Standard Setup to Compete with Makita and Ridgid
- $179 as a Bare Tool
What we know so far
There isn’t a ton of information out on the specification side, but we do have some ideas of the feature set. Obviously, the brushless motor is a big part of that, eliminating the need to replace carbon brushes while extending runtime and motor life. That motor is an all-metal design with electronic speed controls, soft start, and an electronic brake.
Other features include:
- Dual LED lights
- Adjustable quick release clamp
- Quick release tabs for the base
- Depth adjustment ring
- Large button spindle lock
- 12-position ratcheting lock
- D-shaped base
- Plunge base compatible
Currently, the plans are to release the DeWalt cordless router as a bare tool for $179.
DeWalt Cordless Router Initial Thoughts
There aren’t a ton of photos running around of the DCW600 and even the hi-res one we have is cut off at the top. A look at the family shot gives us a better view, though. At first glance, nothing really sticks out – the battery is on top and the controls look to be within easy reach more or less where you expect them to be.
Given the limited amount of information that’s available, it looks like this is mainly a well-designed addition for current DeWalt cordless tool users that doesn’t stray far from the current norm of what you’ll get from Makita or Ridgid.
The $179 price is quite a bit higher than you see from Makita ($129) and Ridgid ($119). Makita also offers their model in a full kit that includes a plunge base for $370. That pricing structure is a bit of a surprise with the other two competing so closely. When we’re able to get our hands on it, I’m hoping to find that you get better performance and durability the extra $50, but that’s no guarantee.
Keep your eyes open for the DeWalt DCW600 in Spring 2019 at Acme Tools!