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Old 10-12-2011, 08:46 PM   #1
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Looking to get a compact router. Been looking at the Bosch Colt and the DeWalt DWP11. Bosch looks good but the DW has variable speed.

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Old 10-12-2011, 08:47 PM   #2
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im happy with my rigid....

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im happy with my rigid....
What is the model number? Do you know off hand?
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The Dewalt is sweet. Has lights, low torque start, nice base even has a plunge base.
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my old colt has base creep.

I use it sometimes.
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The Dewalt is sweet. Has lights, low torque start, nice base even has a plunge base.
I have the older awkward DW plunge router. Is the plunge base worth the extra dough?
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What is the model number? Do you know off hand?
no idea the model #... as far as i know there is only 1 rigid trim router out there and its the one i have owned for over 4 years now.
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I use dewalts older model laminate trimmer works great.


Also use it for door hinges and latch mortising.
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you can get a bosch with variable speed. but yes that dw looks sweet, i am looking as well.
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I have the colt but the build quality on it is a little on the cheap side...well very cheap. I think it's better then the Rigid but that Dewalt is looking very nice.
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What is the model number? Do you know off hand?
I have the R2401. Used it only a few times, but I like it better so far than the Bosch.
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I have the R2401. Used it only a few times, but I like it better so far than the Bosch.
My father got that one and the plastic housing that the base rides on is bellied out a bit. It works alright, I just am used to the base riding on a machined metal surface. The colt does have machined metal there, it's just sorta a cheap machining and doesn't work as I had hoped.
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I have the older awkward DW plunge router. Is the plunge base worth the extra dough?
I didnt need it so I didnt buy it but Im very happy with it. If they put it out to buy as an accessory I'll get it. Its better than the Colt.
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I have had the dewalt for about 6 month but aint had a chance to use it yet. it does seem like a nice little router though. my mate bought the same one but with plunge base and he really likes it.
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I have a nasty habit of sticking my finger in the spinning bit of the Colt. So far just some nicks. So I bought a sub-base from Woodhaven for it to keep my fingers out of the way:
http://www.amazon.com/Woodhaven-8320...8520280&sr=8-1

That being said, I think I would get the DeWalt with both bases. The plunge base has handles and a little more base plate. so it's more stable for some operations.

The Porter Cable is the same router, but without VS or lights. You're only saving a few bucks, so I'de go with the DeWalt.
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my old colt has base creep.

I use it sometimes.

Tighten the nut on the cam lock....that will work even if you have stripped the threads out where the micro adjuster engauges. I complaned to Bosch about this, they offered to replaced the router, but also hinted at a new compact in the near future.
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no idea the model #... as far as i know there is only 1 rigid trim router out there and its the one i have owned for over 4 years now.
No, that has been replaced...and with one that looks really nice. I almost pulled the trigger on one, but I am waiting for a new one from Bosch.

http://www.cpoprotools.com/factory-r...rs-and-routers

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We have the colt and its alright. Have a buddy that has a dewalt, not sure what model, but he says it gets really hot while using it. He would have got it 4 or 5 yrs ago tho.
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The Makita routers have always held up very well and been very overlooked. They make really good woodworking tools.

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I've had the Bosch colt for about 2 or 3 years now and I've been really happy with it. It has the course and fine adjustments and variable speed. I don't believe it has a plunge base available but I use it manly for routing jigs and small edge profiles. I've used the newest Ridgid and DeWalt ones too and they're great also. Can't say anything on the DeWalt one though as I haven't used it but they're all similar it's just down to personal preference.

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