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Forum topic by Carloz posted 11-17-2017 04:33 AM 994 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-17-2017 04:33 AM

I felt a need for somerging more agile than my large Bosch MRF23. There were many cases when I did not use it because of the size and weight. I wanted to stay with the same brand to reuse accessiries so I ordered myself a Bosch Colt. That appeared to be an excellent router with one notable exception. Bosch engineers could not find anything else to cut corners on so they decided to save 0.0045 cents by using very thin metal for the clamp. It just does not work. After fiddling with it for some time trying to adjust it so that it would not slip and still be operable I gave up and sent it back. Too bad as otherwise I liked it very much.
Today I received Makita trim router. What a difference! It is less convenient to hold but the clamp mechanism is much more primitive than on Bosch. No double twisting, no fine adjustement wheel. It does have rack and pinion riser but I do not think it is useful that much. Still it is work of genius. It just works. I guess it is a keeper. I run round over bit on some stuff that I would not even think to use a bigger router on.
I will try not to forget to write a review after I use it more
Makita has $25 off right now, which makes is a better deal than Bosch or Dewalt. Get it till you can.

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#1 posted 11-17-2017 05:11 AM

My Colt works like a champ.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#2 posted 11-17-2017 06:48 AM

I went with the Rigid and very pleased, but still use my 18v Ryobi for a lot of small trim jobs, something real handy about no cord?

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#3 posted 11-17-2017 08:33 AM

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#4 posted 11-17-2017 02:23 PM

Love my DW611 kit, those LEDs are a huge plus, kinda wish it could run a 1/2” shank, because it always seems that I grab the DW for a job and then realize I don’t have a 1/4” shank for the profile I want … acquiring more bits as needed, the trim router is a great addition to my shop, I’ve seen in other threads on of the LJ’s here has like 6 or 7 of them in his shop, and that was all i needed to see, if it’s that reliable for a production shop then I’ll never kill it.

-- I've decided 1 mistake is really 2 opportunities to learn.. learn how to fix it... and learn how to not repeat it

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#5 posted 11-17-2017 02:57 PM

hard to go wrong with the colt

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#6 posted 11-17-2017 03:14 PM

I bought this Ridgid pair last year and am quite satisfied with the value. For $99 bucks it’s hard to beat.

-- "You know, I'm such a great driver, it's incomprehensible that they took my license away." --Vince Ricardo

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#7 posted 11-19-2017 04:11 AM

Today I used it whole day. I wish I bought it aerlier. It is si much easier to use than a full suze router. I really do not feel a need for LED lights. I mostly use routers outside due to mess they create.
I wanted to praise Makita for excellent job untill I saw MLCS router which looks exactly the same. I wander whi made it first.

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#8 posted 11-19-2017 04:39 AM

I am also a happy Ridgid owner, very pleased with it. Also very versatile I often use it for inlay and carving work.

-- Tom D

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#9 posted 11-19-2017 06:42 AM

Big fan of the Dewalt I like the light, fine adjustment for bit height, how they fit my hand and never had a break down yet/

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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#10 posted 11-19-2017 11:34 AM

I have a Dewalt 611 in my CNC machine and a Ridgid that is used for all other trim router needs. No problems with either one.

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#11 posted 11-19-2017 03:13 PM

I have a Bosch Colt and the Makita.i like everything about th Bosch but that aforementioned clamp. The darn thing slips unless I crank it down real tight. I later bought the plunge base for the Bosch, and the clamp on that one is great. Looks the same as the one on th fixed base. Maybe if I ordered a new fixed base for the Bosch it would have a good working clamp. The Makita works great, and I just leave a roundover bit in it.

The only thing those two trim routers need is a work light. That would be real nice to have.

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#12 posted 11-19-2017 09:58 PM

Alaska Guy, I thought it was your pic, but wasn’t sure!

-- I've decided 1 mistake is really 2 opportunities to learn.. learn how to fix it... and learn how to not repeat it

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#13 posted 11-20-2017 02:31 AM

You can rest assured it’s a Makita design first – they’re an international company with massive and deep pockets.

Lots of companies copy Makita’s body designs. Not sure if they’re trying their luck (Chicago Freight) or if Makita licenses the body design.

As always, the real stuff is in the quality of the internal bits, not the visual similarities.


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