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Forum topic by Pianoman posted 05-15-2008 03:49 PM 1228 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-15-2008 03:49 PM

I need a small router—6 inch in diameter. Any recs?


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#1 posted 05-15-2008 05:32 PM

I have the DeWalt and really like. it is the laminate trimmer DW26670

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#2 posted 05-15-2008 06:18 PM

I have Porter-cable’s laminate trimmer. I’m happy with it.

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#3 posted 05-15-2008 06:44 PM

Ok, a palm router or laminate router is what I need to look for. Thanks. I’ll take it from here.


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#4 posted 05-15-2008 07:10 PM

I have PC’s laminate trimmer and I don’t like it so much. It is loud, hard to adjust, and holds on to a bit like it’s life depends on it (wipe the shanks of the bits with wax before inserting seems to help). I have heard very nice things about the Bosch Colt.

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#5 posted 05-15-2008 07:39 PM

I have a review posted on the craftsman pro. palm router, I has done me good.


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#6 posted 05-15-2008 08:19 PM

I just got one of these. It might be a bit bigger than you are looking for, but it seems to be well made, and at $79.95 or what ever it wont break the bank either, Craftsman 17541

the only nit I could find is that it appears to be missing a 1/4” e-clip under the adjustment knob which caused the scale to hang up and shift . . easy fix tho

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#7 posted 05-15-2008 08:46 PM

My only HF power tool is their trim router. I bought it for $20, and it’s worked OK for me the few times I’ve used it. It has plenty of power with good visibility of your cut. When it bites the dust I will probably go with the Bosch.

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#8 posted 05-15-2008 09:14 PM

Surprised no one suggested the Bosch Colt.

There are also packages that are under $100. I do not have one, but it has been on my wish list for a while.

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#9 posted 05-15-2008 09:32 PM

Ok… I’ll come out and say it. There’s always the Festool Trim Router.

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#10 posted 05-15-2008 10:20 PM

I bought a Bosch Colt. Thank you for your suggestions.


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