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Forum topic by Kirk650 posted 03-10-2021 12:45 AM 980 views 0 times favorited 20 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Kirk650

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03-10-2021 12:45 AM

I’m on my second Bosch Colt fixed base. The first one wasn’t gripping the router well enough, which let it slip and mess up my router bit setting. So I got the second one, which is doing the same thing. That’s it. I’ve moved the Colt router to the plunge base, where it will stay. The plunge base is great.

Now to replace the Colt with a new fixed base trim router. It needs to have a light and to be comfortable in the hand.


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987Ron

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#1 posted 03-10-2021 12:53 AM

I have both bases and have had no problems with either. Have done a lot of delicate inlay work with it in both bases. Have seen others make the same complaint as yours. Will keep a close watch on my Colt in the fixed base.

-- Ron

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CWWoodworking

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#2 posted 03-10-2021 12:57 AM

Had the same issue. I have had a terrible experience with Bosch routers.

I work with a few guys that use the dewalt with both bases. They like them a lot. It’s the way I’m gonna go.

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jkm312

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#3 posted 03-10-2021 01:01 AM

I had the same troubles from time to time with mine. I bought the new model Bosch offers and all the problems were solved. Give that one a look too. I like mine.

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Kelly

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#4 posted 03-10-2021 05:46 AM

I have two Colts and haven’t had the problem. I have to wonder if the problem was the router rather than the base (just another direction to look at if from).

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bobfromsanluis

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#5 posted 03-10-2021 06:23 AM

I too have two Bosch Colt palm routers; have never had a problem with them at all.

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LittleBlackDuck

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#6 posted 03-10-2021 10:25 AM

I have a Bosch GMR1 that I dedicate to my Beall wood threader. Not having a picture posted on your machine, I really haven’t a clue as to what it looks like and what your problem is…

Nevertheless if you are talking trimmer/router combo, I cannot fault my Milwaukee Cordless.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#7 posted 03-10-2021 11:00 AM

I also have a Colt, but only in the fixed base. That base’s locking mechanism can sure be fussy, and with mine, it’s that fine-adjust wheel that is my biggest issue.

While I’m not motivated enough right now to replace the router, it’s enough of an issue that I can’t recommend the router to others for purchase as better alternatives are out there.

-- Ray

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therealSteveN

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#8 posted 03-10-2021 02:10 PM

I’ve long said the Colts regular base is not the best, but you can’t fault the motor. Using the optional plunge base is the best way to use them, but by the time you bought both, there are newer, better alternatives with the DeWalt probably being the best one.

There was a time when the Colts ruled the small trim router world, but it has long passed. Now for a small CNC, they can’t be beat, but then you are using the CNC’s hanger, not the Bosch base. Strong motor, runs like Bull!!!!

-- Think safe, be safe

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#9 posted 03-10-2021 02:51 PM

got the dewalt with both bases love it.also have a pc with both bases also 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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Kirk650

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#10 posted 03-10-2021 06:41 PM

I really get a lot of use out of the Colt and plunge base, and I have a Makita for fixed base use, so discarding the second bad Colt fixed base won’t bother me.

After years of using small trim routers, it seems obvious that a trim router needs an LED light, so you can easily see what you are doing. Why is it that Dewalt is about the only company listening? I may buy a Dewalt 611 with just the fixed base. I suppose I don’t really NEED it, but we can’t let actual need limit our router purchases. I only have 6 routers at the moment. My wife would say that’s a lot, but you guys are more likely to ask why I only have 6.

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#11 posted 03-10-2021 07:01 PM



I really get a lot of use out of the Colt and plunge base, and I have a Makita for fixed base use, so discarding the second bad Colt fixed base won’t bother me.

After years of using small trim routers, it seems obvious that a trim router needs an LED light, so you can easily see what you are doing. Why is it that Dewalt is about the only company listening? I may buy a Dewalt 611 with just the fixed base. I suppose I don’t really NEED it, but we can’t let actual need limit our router purchases. I only have 6 routers at the moment. My wife would say that’s a lot, but you guys are more likely to ask why I only have 6.

- Kirk650


ha ha yeah routers are like clamps you cant have too many,right!

-- 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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northwoodsman

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#12 posted 03-10-2021 07:11 PM

Is it the older model or the newer model that you’re having problems with? Square or round base?

-- NorthWoodsMan

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splintergroup

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#13 posted 03-10-2021 07:19 PM

I really want to like my Colt, it has a gazillion great accessories like a 45 degree base, edge guide, offset spindle, etc. but I do hate several things.

The clamp that secures the base to the body is, as Ray puts it, “fussy”.
If I adjust the clamp so the base is secure, it doesn’t loosen enough to allow for a coarse adjustment. Loose enough for a coarse adjustment (or to remove it), the clamp is not tight enough to hold it from slipping.

The thing that really bugs me is the spindle lock. Obviously a thin piece of soft steel, the thing internally sheared off after a few uses and I’m stuck with using two wrenches for tightening the collet. The wrench flats on the shaft are 10mm and very thin so my ground-thin-to-fit 10mm wrench is starting to round off the flats (sigh…)

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Kelly

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#14 posted 03-10-2021 07:35 PM

Agreed on the spindle lock – I find them more annoying that helpful. They feel questionable in quality.

Several jig saws in over fifty plus years, and the previous which I upgraded ONLY for the for updates I liked, where other jig saws went in the trash within a year, I wanted to like all things Bosch. Their horrible 1/4 sheet sander killed that.

The only thing I HATE about the Cold is, the collect locking mechanism (now that I got used to flipping the stationary base right and left as part of the locking methods.

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them700project

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#15 posted 03-10-2021 08:14 PM

Same problem, first use was on a project I had put a bunch of time into and was just adding a small roundover when it slipped and ate my project. Bought the dewalt and like it

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