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I have a DeWALT Cordless Trim Router (model DCW600B). I'm wanting to cut some dovetails for the first time with a router. I just purchased a PORTER-CABLE Dovetail Jig with Mini Template Kit (4216) to get started. Unbeknownst to me, that doesn't work for anything but "mini-dovetails" using a 1/4-inch collet router like the DCW600B I own. So I need to purchase a 1/2-inch collet router. In the DeWALT Ecosystem, that's the 2.25 HP DW618 or its smaller 1.75 HP DW616 brother.

In the DeWALT ecosystem, are there any shared accessories that there's a good reason to stay with DeWALT when moving from a cordless trim router to a corded router?

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    I don’t have personal experience with the dewalt router ecosystem, but it’s extremely unlikely that a palm router and a midsize router share accessories. Mar 13 at 14:27
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    @jdv, uh, the OP has specifically asked about whether there are shared accessories as one means for them to make the call themselves. As I see it this is a perfectly reasonable feature-based query similar enough to others we've tackled numerous times previously.
    – Graphus
    Mar 13 at 18:37
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    It's more likely that the full-sized Bosch and DeWalt are able to share accessories more easily than the DeWalt full-sized and trim router do. Which accessories are you looking to use?
    – gnicko
    Mar 14 at 0:30
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    For context, I will immediately vote to close if I think a Q is subjective and I didn't do so here. I think this is borderline, not a clear-cut example (asking straight out for opinions) and as such I didn't vote to close as you can see; and we have many borderline Qs here where members debated whether they should be closed and they never were. Anyhoo, I'll see if I can come up with an edit that directly feeds into your Answer. If I can't I suggest you @ rob with the same request; he has edited Qs numerous times to tweak the wording so that they can remain open.
    – Graphus
    Mar 14 at 20:19
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    The latest edits look great for making the question less opinion-based and pushing this question further from being a shopping question. Thanks to everyone and especially @Graphus!
    – rob
    Mar 15 at 14:48

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I asked DeWALT and they have this question in their FAQ, "What accessories are available for the DEWALT DCW600 Cordless Compact Router?". This question is relatively new. DeWALT answered with the following (which I attempted to exhaustively audit),

So it seems like the one accessory which may overlap wireless and wired as of 2022-03-13 is

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Do they share any accessories?

I can't answer this part but while it's certainly one way to decide on what to get even if they do I don't think it should drive the final decision.

I think the way to approach a purchase like this is to honestly assess how much future use the 1/2"-collet router is going to see in your workshop given you already own a trim router — so many workshop duties are well covered by trim routers, and cordless ones add an extra layer of handiness that's undeniable once you see them being used.

This isn't to decide whether you want/need a router that can take 1/2" bits, that need is already there, but to help decide how far up the food chain you need go in the larger router you select. If the price differential is significant enough for you to be asking I suggest a realistic assessment of how much use the larger router will get is called for.

Some people say it's always wise to buy the best you can afford, essentially "buy once, cry once", and there is obviously something to that, in both hand and power tools. But the reality is that it has never been the route to best value, much less the assurance of quality it is claimed to be. And the falling standards of almost all power tool brands over recent decades has further chipped away at this argument -_-

So in recent years there has been a rise in the "buy cheap/cheaper, see how much I actually use it" camp. This has a few advantages you can probably think of yourself, but sometimes there's a pleasant surprise in store when you discover just how good a tool is even though it's one or even a couple of rungs down the ladder!

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  • If the query were boiled down to "Is one of the Bosch routers worth it to me?" for me the decision was easy. I went with a router from an off brand that fairly consistently got good reviews which cost less than a third of what the (roughly) equivalent Bosch router would have cost me at the time. And that price differential has increased noticeably since then.
    – Graphus
    Mar 13 at 19:55
  • I'm not advocating festool, but dovetails on a jig require a router that is going to stay adjusted very precisely. I sincerely doubt that a harbor freight or even a basic craftsman is going to do the trick. OTOH, Porter Cable 690 routers (the 1-1/2hp workhorse) come up on my local craigslist very regularly... I've bought for as low as $50. (Don't buy anything that grinds or whines or is rusty or has obviously loose bearings. Get wrenches and at least the 1/2" collet you need. Accessorizing something that's lost all its parts gets expensive quick.) Mar 13 at 23:36
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    I upvoted but this wasn't the answer I was looking for. ;) thanks for trying though. I self-answered it too. Mar 14 at 3:47
  • Well done on the self-answer, I upvoted.
    – Graphus
    Mar 14 at 13:09
  • @AloysiusDefenestrate, well FWIW the sub-30 dollar router I refer to in the Comment holds settings just fine. Which adjustments are you thinking a lower-priced router can't be trusted to keep? Given the OP's initial requirement to use it in a dovetail jig I'd expect ANY router that can take a suitable bit to be up to the task, but maybe I'm missing something?
    – Graphus
    Mar 14 at 13:19

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