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plang

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01-13-2021 08:23 PM

I want to purchase a corded palm router and am beginning my research. Have you purchased a palm router? If so, which one? Why? Would you purchase the same one again, or choose another model? What accessories do you think are absolutely necessary for best use? Thanks!


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them700project

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#1 posted 01-13-2021 08:39 PM

I like the dewalt. didnt like the bosch.The bosch self adjusted no matter what i did.

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brtech

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#2 posted 01-13-2021 08:42 PM

I have the Bosch. It’s pretty nice. I just got the cordless Dewalt. Not enough experience with it yet to really have an opinion, but cordless is really a game changer in a lot of other parts of my world and I wouldn’t be surprised if that carries over here.

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987Ron

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#3 posted 01-13-2021 08:55 PM

I have the Bosch Colt Wish it had a light. I use it for inlay work. My only complaint Not a problem for edging.

-- It's not a mistake it's a design opportunity

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pottz

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#4 posted 01-13-2021 11:10 PM

id go for the dewalt 611 a real nice router,ive also got the porter cable also very good.

-- 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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Jared_S

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#5 posted 01-13-2021 11:23 PM

The 611 is better for overall use, the colt has a better (tighter) plunge mechanism.

If you are plunging as a critical part of the cut the bosch all the way.

For everyday general use the dewalt wins.

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Kirk650

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#6 posted 01-13-2021 11:54 PM

I have a Bosch Colt with fixed and plunge bases. I like it, but a light would be great. So, I’d go with the Dewalt next time.

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sansoo22

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#7 posted 01-14-2021 12:08 AM

My only palm router is the Ridgid cordless and I’m not a fan. I’ve had 2 of them now. First had speed control issues so it was swapped out and number two is doing the same thing.

I’m thinking of ditching it and going with the DeWalt myself.

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wildwoodbybrianjohns

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#8 posted 01-14-2021 12:43 AM

Makita also good, the newer kit has 3 bases (fixed, plunge, angle) and the light.

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

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#9 posted 01-14-2021 12:50 AM

I love my DeWalt 611.

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bilyo

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#10 posted 01-14-2021 01:01 AM

I have the Ridgid. It is the only one I have ever had. So, I can’t compare it with others. I do like it’s features: work light, easy fine adjustment, easy bit change, adjustable fence, soft start. I particularly like the on/off switch. It is up on the very top and you pull it up to turn it on. A quick slap is all it takes to turn it off. Down side is that it doesn’t have a plunge base (as far as I know).

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RClark

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#11 posted 01-14-2021 01:09 AM

I have the Bosch. My complaint about it is the micro-adjust; it’s very finicky. It’s very easy to get set “just right” and then knock it out of adjustment getting the locking lever set.

-- Ray

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Craftsman on the lake

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#12 posted 01-14-2021 01:29 AM

I’ve got the rigid. It’s okay but the adjustment dial is so hard to turn to move the bit up and down. If I did it again I’d go to a store and try the different features for ease of use. It’s pretty durable though.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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Foghorn

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#13 posted 01-14-2021 01:47 AM

None are perfect from what i’ve experienced. Once you know the subtleties and nuances, most work very well. I like my Bosch colts.

-- Darrel

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Bobsboxes

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#14 posted 01-14-2021 01:48 AM

The dewalt 611 with both bases is hard to beat. I really like the light, my eyes are not what they use to be. I have Bosch colt also with a lot of miles on it, but not easy to adjust.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#15 posted 01-14-2021 01:55 AM

I’ve had 2 Bosch Colts for as long as they have been out there. Which was way before any of the current real competition was on the market. The basic shell has a really lousy clamping system. I believe all others are better. However if you plan to plunge it the optional plunge base is kinda nice.

I believe if I were to buy new today I’d get the DeWalt combo set, and that thought makes me kinda nauseated. Simply from the POV that I would be giving $$$$$ to B$D.

The absolute best is a Bosch Colt motor in a Micro Fence plunge base Yep, costly, but ever so worth it. :-)

-- Think safe, be safe

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