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04-05-2020 01:31 AM

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As a weekend hobbyist, I really don’t get to do a spend a lot (certainly not nearly as much as I would like) of time in the shop. I’ve my Trend T4 for a few years and has probably less than 10 hours on it. Using it today on pine to cut hinge mortises, it slowed down, got a burning smell and that was that.

Now it’s time to look a new palm router and looking for suggestions. I’m considering the:

Dewalt DWP611PK

Bosch GKF125CEPK

and possibly the Makita RT0701CX7.

What are your experiences with the above? Am I missing any other I should be looking at?

-- ok, is it cut once measure twice, cut twice measure once???? I know....I'll just keep cutting until it's long enough.


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#1 posted 04-05-2020 02:37 PM

FWW did a review on these a few issues back. The latest issue had a short article on the Milwaukee stating that if it had been available then, it would have taken the top spot.

I hav ean older Bosch Colt. I like it, but it has some issues. The Dewalt seems to be quite popular.

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#2 posted 04-05-2020 06:11 PM

I’m just a weekend workshop warrior, but I really like my Milwaukee router, esp. the base hand grip for good control; also height adjustment.

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#3 posted 04-05-2020 09:17 PM

I own 2 T4’s, 3 Bosch Colts, and if I had to buy a new trimmer today I’d go here.

https://www.homedepot.com/p/DEWALT-1-25-HP-Compact-Router-with-Plunge-Base-and-Bag-DWP611PK/203054747

Simply the most, right now firepower, you will get of the ones you are looking at. I always throw out Makita, so not even sure there. You can buy extra gizmos, and bases for the Colts, but they will add up to MORE $$$$$$

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#4 posted 04-05-2020 09:46 PM

Thank you, Guys. I was leaning towards the Dewalt, but Home Depot (the best price) was out of stock and not available in stores. Thank you for the link Steve, it worked and i just ordered one.

-- ok, is it cut once measure twice, cut twice measure once???? I know....I'll just keep cutting until it's long enough.

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#5 posted 04-05-2020 10:30 PM

The Bosch GKF125CEPK was the very first router I purchased. Around the beginning of last year, I was able to snag the professional set for around 65 refurbished, and came with all the extras. I didn’t know at the time there was a difference between a trim router and a plunge router, it’s been benched for about a year now with a cabinet hole with a 1-3/4hp Craftsman. The little I’ve been able to use it, it has worked very well. It didn’t have any problems (that I know of) with edge glued pine and an Ogee bit, off brand at that. If I had to pick a trim router now I would likely stick with Bosch and go up in HP. I didn’t care for the Dewalt and the Milwaukee I have yet to use.
Which reminds me, now that I know there are different face plates for router tables I can get one that goes with my Colt. Thanks for the reminder

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#6 posted 04-05-2020 10:47 PM

I have the Makita Rt0701CX4, and love her dearly. The only thing I can complain about is that is didnt come with a guide bushing adapter so I can use standard guide bushing sets. Had to buy it separately for like 25$. The adapter might come with the CX7 version, dont know for sure.

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#7 posted 04-06-2020 05:08 AM



Thank you, Guys. I was leaning towards the Dewalt, but Home Depot (the best price) was out of stock and not available in stores. Thank you for the link Steve, it worked and i just ordered one.

- bladedust

Based on everything I have read about them, and the owners I know, you will be pleased.

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#8 posted 04-06-2020 01:34 PM

You’ll be missing out not getting the DW…....

Everyone needs, 2, 3, 4, 5 routers anyway right. ;-)

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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#9 posted 04-06-2020 07:21 PM

I picked up the cordless Makita XTR01Z because I have bought into the platform and therefore already have batteries for it. I have been very pleased with it so far. It is well built, runs smoothly and I find it very convenient to use. I do not see why the corded model would be any different with the exception of the cord.

George

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