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billdabilder

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05-18-2020 06:59 PM

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Having been asked to make a sign for a friend I’ve decided to buy a compact router, for which I’ll probably find other uses as well. I’m torn between the Makita 0701 and the Bosch Colt (PR20EVS). Any thoughts from owners (users) of these two? Anyone have experience with both?


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wildwoodbybrianjohns

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#1 posted 05-18-2020 08:05 PM

Both of those are good. I have the Makita, and Bosch is always reliable. You will likely get 20 guys saying the dewalt is better than both. I recommend doing a site search here, this topic has been repeatedly addressed.

-- Wildwood by Brian Johns: The Big Bang: Nothing - exploded into Everything. Thanks to Nothing.

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#2 posted 05-18-2020 08:37 PM

FWW did a nice review of most of the compact routers.

-- Petey

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#3 posted 05-18-2020 09:57 PM

I had my eye on the Bosch, but bought the DeWalt after seeing it first hand. Plus it came with a plunge base that may come in handy.

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#4 posted 05-18-2020 10:10 PM



I had my eye on the Bosch, but bought the DeWalt after seeing it first hand. Plus it came with a plunge base that may come in handy.

- ibewjon


+1 love it,the plunge base is great to have,used it yesterday cutting letters with the rockler sign kit.also has an led light.i also have the porter cable and bosch all good routers.cant comment on the makita though.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#5 posted 05-18-2020 11:05 PM

If I had to choose between the Makita and Bosch, I would pick the Dewalt 611.

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

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billdabilder

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#6 posted 05-18-2020 11:12 PM

I had a notion to keep it under $100, but some are making me reconsider DeWalt. I’ll search some more and see if that FWW article is among my many old issues. Curious if Wildwood likes his Makita, or has issues with it.
Thanks all for the responses.

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Dawg23

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#7 posted 05-19-2020 12:12 AM

I have the makita, i love it. I got mine with the plunge base and the edge guide, all for 129 +tax. They have $20 off over $100 thru june 21, iirc

-- Most engineering is nothing but black magic, and alot of SWAG. (Scientific Wild Ass Guess) - Dawg23

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wildwoodbybrianjohns

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#8 posted 05-19-2020 07:10 AM

I have this kit. I totally love it. Purrs like a kitten. The only issue is the fixed base doesnt come with a standard template guide for standard bushings. You have to buy that separately, for like 20 bucks, which I think is dumb. Can take 6mm or 8mm bits(with supplied adaptor). I had the colt before, and gave that to a buddy when I bought this kit. The Mak, Colt, and Dewalt are all good choices.

And as I said, Dewalt was gonna be the choice for most, cause its Merican. In Spain, Dewalt is way overpriced, import tax, ya know.

-- Wildwood by Brian Johns: The Big Bang: Nothing - exploded into Everything. Thanks to Nothing.

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#9 posted 05-19-2020 11:44 AM



I had my eye on the Bosch, but bought the DeWalt after seeing it first hand. Plus it came with a plunge base that may come in handy.
- ibewjon
+1 love it,the plunge base is great to have,used it yesterday cutting letters with the rockler sign kit.also has an led light.i also have the porter cable and bosch all good routers.cant comment on the makita though.
- pottz

Same here, looked at several and the 2 base kit for the DW611 sold me, then I used it, SO NICE to have that led light in there. Only problem I have is most of my bits are 1/2” and I’m slowly getting more 1/4” versions of my frequent profiles.

-- 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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#10 posted 05-19-2020 02:23 PM

I’m not sure if Makita uses a different material for the bottom of there routers vs the competition but the last Makita bought at the furniture company was difficult to push to route. If you waxed it it was fine ,otherwise if was difficult to push.

Anyone know of the base is different? The reason I stay away from them…

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BattleRidge

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#11 posted 05-20-2020 02:17 AM

I have the Dewalt DW611PK with fixed and plunge base and like it really well. It has performed exceptionally well, the features make it very comfortable to use and I don’t hesitate to recommend it. It is my go-to router for sign making / template work.

-- ~Art~

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therealSteveN

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#12 posted 05-20-2020 06:58 AM

I have had the bosch Colts since, well a long time. The motors are great, heck they used to be 99.9% of the CNC woodworking routers power plants, before they went to water and such. The clamp that holds it still is a PIA to adjust, and kinda cheesy in a hands on environment. Bit change is easy, and they are comfy to hold. Wouldn’t own Makita, burnt in the past, it would be shame on me to get burnt again.

That said you need to add the DeWalt to your list, it would be my pick of the 3, unless I got a free Colt, and 2/3’s off a Microfence. Plus with the DeWalt, get the plunge/fixed base version, a little ouch now, but smiles going down the road, and you will probably use the plunge more than the fixed anyhow, but it’s nice to have both.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#13 posted 05-20-2020 12:32 PM

+1 for the Dewalt 611 love mine.

-- If you are not willing to learn, No one can help you. If you are determined to learn, No one can stop you.

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#14 posted 05-20-2020 01:31 PM

+2 DW 611 combo w/plunge base.

The only thing its missing is a light.

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

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gtrgeo

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#15 posted 05-20-2020 03:42 PM

I picked up the Makita cordless compact router last year since it was part of a free bare tool deal and I am bought into the platform. So far I have been very pleased with its performance. It is a very smooth running router, fit and finish is excellent. I have not noticed the dragging issue noted above, the bottom plate looks to be similar type of plastic as on my older PC routers. It is also made to accept standard PC bushings although it can be tight trying to install the nut on the inside of the small base. I found it easier to remove the base (a few phillips screws) when installing the bushings. I plan to pick up the plunge base for it as well as they are reasonably priced.

George

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