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12-03-2019 03:22 PM

Does anyone have experience / opinions either way on either the Bosch or Porter Cable 1.25 HP palm router? Both are $125, and there are good and bad features of each from looking at them side by side. Thanks in advance.


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#1 posted 12-03-2019 03:31 PM

ive got the bosch and it’s a great little router no complaints.cant say about the porter cable have never used that one.
hey i see amazon has it for 99.00 and free shipping right now.

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#2 posted 12-03-2019 04:01 PM

Not sure if you’ve considered it or already decided against it but, I’ve got the Dewalt 611 kit with the fixed and plunge bases, and it’s a great tool, totally love the led light. Biggest downside is the fact that it’s only a 1/4” collet and it always seems when I want to grab the 611, the bit i need is a 1/2 inch

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#3 posted 12-03-2019 04:03 PM

I would NOT pay any amount of money on a PC tool today. Since B$D bought the name, they have made it very clear it’s low level homeowner junk they want from that line.

I think the real choice is between DeWalt’s little router, and the Bosch.

I bought Colts before there were other players in the “new” palm routers. If I was starting today, reviews seem to give the nod to the DeWalt. The locking mechanism on the Colt is faulty at best.

Now take a Colt motor, and out it in an upmarket base, and Yeah Baby….. But the bases can cost a few hundred by themselves.

This one is pretty sweet. It can get a LOT sweeter with the addition of an M Power base to the plunger.

But the absolute best thing a person could do to a Bosch Colt is add it to a Microfence No doubt a budget buster for most, but if you have these 2 together, there isn’t an equal for accuracy, and precision in a hand held router.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#4 posted 12-03-2019 04:13 PM



Not sure if you ve considered it or already decided against it but, I ve got the Dewalt 611 kit with the fixed and plunge bases, and it s a great tool, totally love the led light. Biggest downside is the fact that it s only a 1/4” collet and it always seems when I want to grab the 611, the bit i need is a 1/2 inch

- ChefHDAN

Dan, this is a very good point. I would always suggest a person doing hand held routing have both a full size router that can spin the 1/2” shanks, and a palm router for those times accuracy, and the ability to guide the router were more important than the brawn of the 1/2” shanked bits. I understand $$$$$$$ gets into this argument, and for them I would say buy the one you need right now, first. But I fear many who haven’t used routers before aren’t aware of the differences, and may go for the lower cost package of a palm router, in hopes it can do all of their routing needs.

Actually it may be able to, but you REALLY have to allow the bit to do all the work, and never force the 1/4” shanks. I shudder thinking about 1/8” bits, and any force applied to them.

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#5 posted 12-03-2019 04:17 PM

I threw my colt in the backyard if you want it.
Stupid router bit slipped and that was that.

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#6 posted 12-03-2019 07:04 PM

I have used the Colt for about 8 years. I got the kit with all the goodies and thought the price was more than fair.

The biggest complaint is the spindle lock is made from thin sheet meta and stripped out rather quickly. This leaves the need for two wrenches (one ground very thin) to change bits. The bases use a thumb screw to adjust for cut depth and a toggle clamp to lock the setting down. The way mine was made, the toggle clamp does not have enough range to both release for easy base removal or quick adjustment and lock securely. Choose one and deal with the other on your own.

These issues aside, I really like it as it is super handy. Maybe at some point when the flat on the spindle gets rounded over from the wrench, I’ll replace the motor. The accessories are quite handy and I doubt any newer model (Bosch or otherwise) would come with them at a cheap price point.

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#7 posted 12-03-2019 07:22 PM

I have the Porter Cable and the DeWalt. Both are good, but the DeWalt has variable speed and a larger fixed sub base. I use the DeWalt more.
Great tool.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#8 posted 12-03-2019 07:28 PM

I have the Ridgid model. I cannot compare it to the others as I haven’t used any others. What I like about it is:
I like the switch location, action, and the soft start
I find the micro adjustment very good.
The base is substantial and it is easy to make and add auxiliary base surfaces.
It has plenty of power and has become my “go to” router for most work.
Dislikes:
No plunge base available (so far as I know)
It needs a better light
I wish it had a means of connecting a vacuum.

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#9 posted 12-03-2019 08:05 PM

I sure lit a fire on this. I will look at DeWalt (b+d), and also the rigid. I don’t like the black motor on the Bosch as the marks are hard to see. The 1hp is plain aluminum and easier to see. I do have other older PC full size router with all bases, and a 30 year old 1/4” Craftsman that the palm size will be replacing. I will be doing more shopping before buying.

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#10 posted 12-03-2019 09:27 PM

I picked up the 611 for a job with a lot of laminate counter tops. It did that very well, but I also needed to notch the shelves to fit the shelf standards so that the shelves would touch the walls, something like 4 notches per shelf for 24 shelves. I stacked them up clamped them and hogged out the notch with a 1/4 carbide spiral bit VERY easily and it was light and easy to manipulate in the jig.

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#11 posted 12-03-2019 10:29 PM

even though i love the bosch id probably buy the dewalt dwp 611 today.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#12 posted 12-03-2019 11:31 PM

The 611 looks like a full size. Is that correct?

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#13 posted 12-03-2019 11:52 PM

I have a Makita cordless. Great router.

-- always something

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#14 posted 12-04-2019 12:25 AM

Another idea. More research to do.

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#15 posted 12-04-2019 12:25 AM



The 611 looks like a full size. Is that correct?

- ibewjon

No actually the DeWalt 611 is a compact router. It comes with a nice plunge base though, and looks similar to a mid sized router, just smaller.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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