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Arthur C. Peterson

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11-06-2010 03:00 AM

Need help please about to buy a laminate trim router. Anyone have either?
Ridgid R2401 Laminate Trim Router or
Bosch PR20EVSK Colt Palm

Wasilla, Alaska

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#1 posted 11-06-2010 03:21 AM

I have both and love both of them. The ridgid came with a better case and 2 edge guides instead of one that came with the bosch. I use this for any work where the bit is small enough to clear the base. So easy to control.

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#2 posted 11-06-2010 03:42 AM

I’ll tell you this about the Bosch, after reading a few reviews on here, I opted to buy it. Now I wished I’d paid attention to a few of them that talked about the depth lock. It is not very reliable. The Bosch does have a soft start feature and speed adjustments which are nice, but none of that will make up for a defective cut caused by the base coming loose during a cut.

I currently have a Porter Cable trim router and the Bosch, I tend to always grab the Porter Cable still even though its the older one and about on its last legs.

I also looked at the Dewalt trim router and think I would of been happier with it, since at the time they both were priced very close to each other. I didn’t care for the “feel” of the Rigid trim router when I was shopping at the HD.

-- James

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#3 posted 11-06-2010 04:10 AM

Well….. you didn’t mention the DeWalt tim or laminant router, but I have it and it is a good little router. I don’t know about the other ones you mentioned, but the Dewalt works good also for small 1/4” bits like roundovers, etc. I gave $100 with base included. I’ve had mine for about 3 years, and nearry a problem with it, although I don’t use it near as often as I do my other ones….You might give it a look, also…..

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#4 posted 11-06-2010 04:52 AM

The December issue of Woodworker’s Journal has an article on a bunch of these.

I’ve had a Porter Cable for many years and it has served me well.

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#5 posted 11-06-2010 05:51 AM

I have the Ridgid and I love it. I have three routers and this one gets used the most, so very lightweight and easy to maneuver. I put a plywood base (about 5” square) on it which makes it steadier for quick round overs. One caveat… watch where you place your fingers! There is no guard on the opening on the side of the base, I nicked one of my fingers. I am now very conscious where I place my hand/fingers.

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#6 posted 11-06-2010 06:17 AM

I have the hundred dollar dewalt mention earlier and I have treated it like a shaper before lol and it still kicken i couldn’t be happier with it

-- As Best I Can

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#7 posted 11-08-2010 07:58 AM

I have the Colt and it works great. It came with multiple bases and a whole slew of acc.
Never have had a depth slip problem in the 2 years of use.

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#8 posted 11-08-2010 09:07 AM

I have the Bosch Colt and it is a great little router. I bought the bigger set with the different bases because I do laminate work. I have used it for a year now and have had no problem with it.

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#9 posted 11-08-2010 01:35 PM

I don’t have either(trend4 here) but FYI if you ever need a bigger base for something go down to the local”Dollar” store and buy a plastic cutting board for a dollar and make it. Works good.
Good luck

-- Life is good.

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#10 posted 11-08-2010 04:02 PM

I have the Bosch Colt installer’s kit and love it. Ergonomics are excellent, and depth adjustment is secure and precise. I recommend it highly.

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#11 posted 11-10-2010 06:05 AM

Thanks for all the help. I’m going to see what out there on Black Friday. For someone new to woodworking like me you always give me lots to think about. Thanks for the help. Art Wasilla, Alaska

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#12 posted 11-10-2010 08:25 AM

I have the bosch and it’s great. I am eyeing the new dewalt palm router with the plunge base. DWP611PK

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#13 posted 11-10-2010 03:41 PM

If you’re open to a different brand, you might look at the Ryobi cordless trim router. I got one last week for $37 at Home Depot to do some simple round over edges at the job site. Since I already have several Ryobi 18v, ONE+, tools, I didn’t need to buy a battery or charger.

This is one of those “why didn’t I get one sooner” tools. Light weight, easy to use (no cord to deal with), and well balanced. Depth adjustment is straightforward and (so far, anyway) very stable. The only “issue” I’ve seen so far is the switched v.s. trigger on/off. You need to pay attention when you finish a pass and turn it off.

Lots of folks bad mouth Ryobi tools, but I’ve always had good luck with them. They give excellent performance for the price, and if one dies, it isn’t too painful to buy another one.

-- Adversity doesn't build reveals it.

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#14 posted 11-10-2010 08:43 PM

I’ve been looking at trim routers as well. I was just about to pull the trigger on the Bosch Colt, but then I noticed my local hardware store received the new DeWalt Compact Rounters. There wasn’t one on display yet, so for now the trim router is on hold until I can see what’s new out there and hear some reviews.

-- Arvid, Washington DC

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#15 posted 11-10-2010 09:17 PM

Arvid I’m like you for now the trim router is on hold. I had not seen anything about the DeWalt palm router with the plunge base (DWP611PK) until lanwater post above (thanks lanwater). I will wait for some reviews. Again thanks everyone. Art Wasilla, Alaska

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