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

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Ethan Sincox

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#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, http://thekiltedwoodworker.com


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