Reply by Ethan Sincox

  • Advertise with us

Posted on Thoughts on Bosch Colt Palm Router as first (and initially, only, router)

View Ethan Sincox's profile

Ethan Sincox

767 posts in 4943 days

#1 posted 01-29-2008 05:49 PM

You should look into the Triton router as your primary. It has received great reviews over the past year and is supposed to work great as a hand-held and in a table. I don’t have this router, so I can’t personally attest to it, but I know two guys who have it and they both love it.

If you’re not as concerned with table-mounting, you might want to look at the Bosch fixed/plunge combo (1617EVSPK). I DO have that, and it is a great and versatile router package. I also happen to have the table-mounting base w/the above-the-table adjustment feature, so that’s what I use in my router table (hence no need to buy the Triton).

Don’t get me wrong – I have a Bosch palm router (the 1608, the model prior to the Colt), and I absolutely love it. But I use it for routing out inlay spaces and running small roundover bits to ease the edges. I don’t use it to route dados or grooves or to run large bits for large projects.

Summary: Be wary about using a tool for purposes other than what it was designed. The Colt is a great router – when used in the right way. You might find yourself with a burnt motor if you try to push it too hard, though.

-- Ethan,

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics