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vintagecraftsman

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06-12-2017 08:27 PM

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Hello everyone. I would like to get your input on Trim Routers. I have been considering purchasing a small trim router for laminate trimming, making letters for signs, etc. Pretty much all around use. I have a few routers already, but nothing as up to date as a trim router. I have been reading reviews and comments online and was leaning towards purchasing the Bosch PR20EVSK after reading an article where it was top rated. However, over the past few days I have been reading and watching other reviews where others were recommended and the PR20EVSK was not mentioned. Does anyone have experience with any of these? Any insight and recommendations would greatly be appreciated. Thank you in advance for your comments and advice.

-- Vintage Craftsman


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Rayne

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#1 posted 06-12-2017 09:04 PM

I have the Colt and feel that it’s a very good trim router with plenty of power and is quite comfortable. Since it’s the only trim router I have used, I can’t comment on any others. It does feel nice in the hand and it does have a decent amount of accessories to suit your needs.

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Kirk650

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#2 posted 06-12-2017 09:17 PM

I have a Bosch Colt, and I got the plunge base later. It’s a good one. The Dewalt with plunge base appears to ba as good. And, recently I bought a Makita trim router that was on sale, and I put a round over bit in it and will leave it. Never too many routers. Get the Bosch or the Dewalt, with plunge base.

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AandCstyle

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#3 posted 06-12-2017 09:41 PM

Vintage, I just purchased a Colt and I like it. I had a Ridgid r2401 that died prematurely IMO which is why I didn’t buy another one. However, I liked the Ridgid for the LED light and the clear base. FWIW

-- Art

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pintodeluxe

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#4 posted 06-12-2017 09:55 PM

I have used the early generation of laminate trimmers from Porter cable and Bosch. As far as the newer breed, I have combo trim router kits from Porter Cable and Dewalt. The Dewalt is my favorite due to it’s “D” shaped base, LED light, and overall feel. It is accurate, and I have used it for exacting inlays, as well as more routine trimming. The turret stop on the plunge base is very similar to what you find on mid sized routers.

Go to a specialty retailer and put your hands on a few trim routers. That will tell you more than any review. If it feels good in your hands, you will probably like it.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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Andybb

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#5 posted 06-12-2017 11:20 PM

I used to be a Bosch guy and have 2 full sized ones. But when I shopped for a trim router the Dewalt got my business. It is MUCH easier to adjust, has a better feeling grip, comes with a plunge base and the light makes it a lot easier to see what you’re doing.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EFDiGkE_Gik

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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Gene Howe

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#6 posted 06-12-2017 11:56 PM

Mine is the Colt with the plunge base. I enjoy using it. But, I think my next one will be a DeWalt.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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woodbutcherbynight

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#7 posted 06-13-2017 12:19 AM

Another vote for the Dewalt. Easy to work with and dependable.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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Andybb

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#8 posted 06-13-2017 12:28 AM



I used to be a Bosch guy and have 2 full sized ones. But when I shopped for a trim router the Dewalt got my business. It is MUCH easier to adjust, has a better feeling grip, comes with a plunge base and the light makes it a lot easier to see what you re doing.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EFDiGkE_Gik

- Andybb


And…like the Rigid, the base is clear, which is very handy.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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felkadelic

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#9 posted 06-13-2017 12:31 AM

I have a Dewalt 611 in my CNC, and I like it so much I’ve been meaning to get a second one (this time I’ll get the kit with the plunge base) for small work. I have a number of routers, including a Festool OF1400, and I still find myself often removing the Dewalt from the CNC so that I can use it on regular projects, because it’s that good.

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felkadelic

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#10 posted 06-13-2017 12:33 AM



And…like the Rigid, the base is clear, which is very handy.

I also like that one side of the Dewalt base is straight, which is ideal if you’re running against a straight edge as a guide

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#11 posted 06-13-2017 02:04 AM

I have a Rigid and a cordless Ryobi, Rigid has lots of power but use the Ryobi 95% of the time.

Vintage, I just purchased a Colt and I like it. I had a Ridgid r2401 that died prematurely IMO which is why I didn t buy another one. However, I liked the Ridgid for the LED light and the clear base. FWIW

- AandCstyle

My Rigid has a lifetime warranty?

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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AandCstyle

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#12 posted 06-13-2017 09:58 PM

Andre, I bought a reconditioned one so I outlived the lifetime warranty. haha

-- Art

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#13 posted 06-13-2017 10:28 PM

Here is a good start

-- Regards Rob

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#14 posted 06-13-2017 10:40 PM

Makita all the way is my preference!!! Just my opinion. (:

-- Dale Miller Modesto, CA "I can do all things through Christ, which strengtheneth me." Philippians 4:13. "Woodworking minus patience equals firewood."

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#15 posted 06-14-2017 01:40 AM

This is how much I like Dewalt 116

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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