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Thread: Bosch Colt palm grip Router

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    Bosch Colt palm grip Router

    My PC 310 trim router has just about died on me and I was thinking about replacing it with a Bosch PR20EVSK. After reading the negative reviews about it on Amazon.com, I was wondering if any of you Creekers out there are experiencing problems with the Colt? Also, is there a better alternative to the Colt?

    Thanks

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    We have a variable speed Colt, and it works well. No problems at all.
    Alan Turner
    Philadelphia Furniture Workshop

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    I love mine. I have the PC also. It's does the job, but the Colt is head and shoulders above it. More powerful and easier to adjust. Don't know about the reviews, as I haven't read them, but like I said, I love mine.

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    Love mine too. I have the PC, Craftsman, and Colt. Pick up the Colt every time.

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    I have the variable speed colt. I find it performs very well. I got a couple of Pat Warner's bases for it and they make the trimmer much better.
    Tim


    on the neverending quest for wood.....

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    You'll get no negative comments from me, I love mine and I want at least one more. I have heard that some people are having problems with the lock button breaking and that Bosch was giving away a second wrench to those with the problem. My Colt has been fine but I don't have a tendency to overtighten so the button on mine is OK.

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    I got the colt with the installers kit when Amazon had them on sale awhile back and i'm so pleased with it i'm looking for an excuse to buy a second one.

    You'll like it alot!

    Brian
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    I have a Colt. It works better than the DeWalt I used to have. The height adjustment works well, once you get the hang of it. However, the built-in spindle lock has broken, so it now takes two wrenches to tighten the collet. I've heard that was a common problem on early Colts, and that Bosch was going to fix it.

    I can't think of any reason for variable speed on a trim router like this. You're never going to spin big bits fast enough to need it.

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    I have two, both variable. The second one I got for the offset and tilt bases, which are great. My one complaint: bases not square to the bit. I discovered this during a deep flush trimming application, making precise holes in redwood sauna panels for custom flush lighting. The lights wouldn't fit in the hole until I turned the router 180 degrees and hit it again (removing the lip left from the template to deeper flush trim transition). For everyday use like shallow mortises and roundovers there's no problem, but before doing deeper work the bases need to be shimmed square on mine. Anyone else have that problem?

    CHRIS

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Schoolland View Post
    .. My one complaint: bases not square to the bit. ... Anyone else have that problem?
    That seems to be common in laminate trimmers. I had to shim my old DeWalt, but my Bosch was better. My theory is that lamiante trimmers are mostly designed for people using short bits to trim formica edges. They don't care about this issue, so the manufacturers apparently don't either.

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    I really like mine, I have had no problems with the lock so far, I have only had it about 6 months so they may have fixed the problem.
    I have the V speed and really like it because I can slow it down and not burn my hard maple and purpleheart.
    The adjuster is a little tricky to get used to but once you do it is very nice and can be adjusted very easy.
    I first got a Ridgid and had to take 2 of them back because they just run to hot to handle.

    I have a flyer from Rockler and the Colt is on sale for $119 with a box of bushing and a subbase plate for bushings.
    I both and the bushing set is really nice, it has centering bits for 1/4 and 1/2 in. plates.

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    I was one of the unfortunate people that bought a Porter Cable trim router. After destroying several router bits trying to get the bit out of the chuck, I bought the Bosch variable speed Colt. It works very nicely, and I would buy it again in a second.

    The only problem I have with it is that it goes where my hands tell it to go, and that is not always what I want done to the laminate.
    Best Regards, Ken

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    I want to thank everyone for sharing with me all of their experiences both positive and negative. After reviewing all of the replies, it seems the problems with the Colt have been minimal. I'll be ordering one shortly. Once again, thanks.

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    no first hand but I know people who swear by it

    Based on comments from friends I will most likely by a Colt when I have a need for one.

    It seems like a lot of Amazon reviews (for tools) are usually pretty off the wall. For example someone gave a pretty good portable table saw a bad review because it wasn't powerful enough to cut hardwoods. Or someone else putting "best ever" in the subject line for some junk black and decker product then mentioned in the review "I've never used a used a jigsaw before but it cut up Sheetrock like it was butter"

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    Mine has been trouble free up until the last time I used it when I could not get the spindle lock to engage at all. Itís not a show stopper, just annoying.
    Other than that, it has been a good little router.
    Please help support the Creek.

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