|Review by USCJeff||posted 07-05-2008 05:16 AM||8220 views||0 times favorited||16 comments|
I have not been giving much praise to HF tools that have a motor or battery in the past. There are the occasional decent values though (The Dust Collecter is nice for a small setting, for example). This router has a ton of negatives. The adjustments are sloppy and the collet seems less secure than a Dewalt and Bosch router that I use as well. The attacthments such as the edge guide, aren’t very precise either. That said, I still am glad I purchased it. I got it for under $20. I only use this router with a bearing guided flush trim bit and it does that function very well. I use that bit more than most, so the convienence is nice. I imagine it would handle small profile and tiny groove bits as well, but I have another router for those functions. I’ve mounted it into and outfeed table on my bandsaw for simpler trimming. I’ve had bad results with more aggressive bits, so I couldn’t promote it as a versatile router. I have a Bosch Colt Trim router and there is no comparison. The Bosch costs a little over 4 times as much, but it operates like a full-size router with small and medium bits.
I have heard some praise regarding Grizzly’s $40 trimmer. I wonder how much better it is at double the cost. In short, I love it as a one trick pony, but it is terrible compared to any other versatile router I’ve used. I’d say get one if you want to save a little time on bit changes for a highly used bit. Of course, it could die any day and I wouldn’t be shocked. Hope that helps.
-- Jeff, South Carolina