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03-27-2021 08:18 PM

I’ve never owned a palm router and plan on buying one next week.

Which one, pros and cons. Makita, Dewalt, Porter Cable, Milwaukee

Thanks in advance

-- Bruce Free Plans

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#1 posted 03-27-2021 08:23 PM

I have the DW 611PK which comes with two bases. I am happy with it.

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#2 posted 03-27-2021 08:27 PM

Curious as well so
Following. I have been considering the Bosch colt but hear mixed reviews

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#3 posted 03-27-2021 08:28 PM

This one in my opinion.

I have 5 or 6 of these and like them a lot

They fit my hand.
I like the twist to adjust dept
They have been reliable.
The optional plunge base work great.
Has a light on it too.

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#4 posted 03-27-2021 08:32 PM


You didn’t say, but I assume you want corded? You have to specify that these days

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#5 posted 03-27-2021 08:35 PM

I like the Ryobi. I’ll admit that I purchased a 4-pack of bases later on from Amazon (but that’s because I was an idiot and plunged into to the base with another router when cutting a slot for the Ryobi into a table—was doing a test fit and forgot to remove the base before plunging into the pocket with my Shaper Origin).

Yes, you read right, I put the Ryobi trim router into a router table. Not a small one either, but 2’ x 4’, and built a fence for it too. Who says you can’t put a trim router in a table? lol

The lack of variable speed is sometimes a pain, as it operates at a steady 29k RPM, but I still use it quite a lot—jointing operations at the table, ripping, dadoing, flush trimming, template routing, roundovers, decorative edges, chamfers, tapering, surfacing, and more. I use that thing for a LOT and I use it on hardwood, softwood, and acrylic/plexiglass. I leave the aluminum and steel routing to the Shaper Origin since I can turn the spindle speed way down—something I can’t do with the Ryobi, which also limits my bit selection to 1/2” cutting diameter or less.

I like the fact that it is battery operated (I use 4Ah batteries in it, of which I have many), and that it sits flat on my workshop when I flip it upside down.

Also, the shape of the body on the Ryobi lends itself to being laid on its side to make it super easy to hold down when you need to apply a fair amount of torque to loosen the collet nut. In other words, since the body is not perfectly round, I can get better leverage. This makes the constant changing of bits for some of my work a no-brainer with the Ryobi.

Not to mention it’s cheap. I think I paid $49 for the tool only. So if you already have some of the batteries, I’d definitely pick up their trim router (I wanted a router I could beat up and replace, but so far with the exception of stupidity leading to a need to replace the base, it hasn’t failed me yet).

-- Devin, SF, CA

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#6 posted 03-27-2021 08:45 PM


You didn t say, but I assume you want corded? You have to specify that these days

- AlaskaGuy

Sorry, corded yes.

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#7 posted 03-27-2021 08:50 PM

I bought a corded Bauer from HF after a previous version they had died. Got 20 years of service out of it. The new one has worked rather well, it is not plastic which was a surprise. Now I do use it for trim work and not for hogging out material. Have router table for that. Was $67 couple years ago.

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#8 posted 03-27-2021 09:12 PM

I have a Makita and no complaints about it. Grizzly sells a very similar looking router for about half the price, though I’m not sure all the same bases are available it would not surprise me if the bases are interchangeable.

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#9 posted 03-27-2021 10:46 PM

I hate the older Bosch colt. To the point I’ve dedicated to one profile and that’s it.

I like dewalts. I think I’m going to get the battery version.

I have a ryobi 18v I dedicated to veneer trimming. Absolutely love it for that. No variable speed limits it’s use elsewhere.

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#10 posted 03-28-2021 01:24 AM

The Dewalt has a light. Neither my Makita or Colt have a light. Next small router will be a Dewalt.

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#11 posted 03-28-2021 01:59 AM

+1 on the Bauer from HF. It has turned out better than I expected and looks a lot like the Makita. My only small complaint is the height adjustment is a little finicky. Does have variable speed.

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#12 posted 03-28-2021 02:07 AM

Makita but microadjust is lacking

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#13 posted 03-28-2021 03:56 AM

This one in my opinion.

I have 5 or 6 of these and like them a lot

They fit my hand.
I like the twist to adjust dept
They have been reliable.
The optional plunge base work great.
Has a light on it too.

- AlaskaGuy

+1 i love mine and if i need another this is it no question.

-- 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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#14 posted 03-28-2021 04:08 AM

I have the dewalt and love it.

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

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#15 posted 03-28-2021 11:26 AM

I own the Bosch Colt with both bases and use it more than my other routers. It has it’s faults like many other tools; but the good points outweigh the bad for my purposes. I had a Dewalt and it was OK, but I like the Colt much better. Do your research and compare the available brands, and then form your final decision on which will work the best for you. As always, buy the best that you can afford with the features that you need and want; and you may be able to prevent replacing it later. Good Luck, Work Safely, Have Fun and always be Cool.

-- "Now I'm just another old guy wearing funny clothes"

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