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Forum topic by Jon posted 08-27-2012 02:37 AM 3582 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-27-2012 02:37 AM

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Im looking to buy a trim router for various small jobs. I have read reviews but not sure how Ishould approach this as far as which product to go with. Bosch, Rigid, Porter cable, Dewalt are some routers I have been reading about.

Also, are trim routers cabable of using Guide bushings?

I live in Windsor, ON so I may try Michigan.

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#1 posted 08-27-2012 03:23 AM

I don’t have a palm router but I do have a laminate trimmer
by PC and it takes standard PC bushings. The depth adjustment
on it is lame though so I don’t especially recommend it. People
do say good things about the Bosch Colt – not as light as a
laminate trimmer but a better choice for versatility probably.

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#2 posted 08-27-2012 03:28 AM

My fave of all time is this Porter Cable:

It is a production tool to be sure. I have had a couple Bocsh (very noisy with high frequencies), the cheaper PC (the base wouldn’t stay true to the vertical axis—critical in some laminate work) and a Grizzly (the base doesn’t always hold in place heightwise).

I have three of these PCs and they are marvelous. Guide bushings do fit.




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#3 posted 08-27-2012 03:33 AM

I’m a proud owner of the Colt and love it. It is a very nice addition to 2 PC (fixed for table and plunge for big jobs) routers. It may be heavier but it’s not too heavy. It has lots of power that I can control. I’m not sure about the guide bushings, but if some trim routers are accepting of them, I bet the Colt does.

What I like the most about my Colt is that I can draw a line (tapered or curved) and follow it with this router. It has a lot of power I can control.

-- Bernie: It never gets hot or cold in New Hampshire, just seasonal!

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#4 posted 08-27-2012 03:52 AM

I just picked up the Dewalt DWP611PK router set. I had a bad experience with a Colt..the locking band kept slipping. I read a ton of good reviews on the Dewalt and I have to say after owning it for a month or so, I haven’t used any other router (except for the one mounted in my table). The dual basses are great but the plunge base is exceptional (and will accept Porter-Cable style guide bushings). The router motor has LED lights variable speed, soft start. I have done several operations with it (plunge dado w/straight bit, plunge circle cutting w/spiral bit, bearing guided round overs) and it performed flawlessly. The plunge base has a great scale system …its so easy to set plunge depths accurately. I really love this router set and I couldn’t be happier with it, and I highly recommend it.


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#5 posted 08-27-2012 04:40 AM

I have the dewalt mentioned above, without the plunge base, and it works just fine. I have small complaints, like the micro adjust is hard to read, but I usually don’t adjust to a set depth, instead I look at the bit on the piece. The power cord is always on the wrong side, it just works out that way. Also the motor is harder to gross adjust and remove from the base then it should be, there is a trick to it that I can’t figure out.

I have not used other trim routers and this one does the job, and I might have even more complaints about the others. I picked mine up at OSH on a 20% off weekend.

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#6 posted 08-27-2012 05:51 AM

DeWalt…’s yellow like my DeWalt drills and my DeWalt scroll saw…...they are all yellow…..!!!

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#7 posted 08-27-2012 11:52 AM

It depends on what you want in features; if you want a plunge base, dewalt, porter cable and makita all make palm routers with plunge bases. I like the makita, but you only get a 1 year warranty.

The dewalt/porter cable palm routers are a bit bigger than typical trimmers; something to keep in mind too.

I had the bosch colt for a while and it’s a fine palm router, but my favorite is the ridgid R2401 (not the older R2400). Compact, powerful, led light (very useful!), it comes with an edge guide, flush trim bit and two sub bases. It doesn’t take pc bushings out of the box, but a base that allows their use could be made in 15 minutes.

Not to mention the ridgid is cheaper and carries the LSA.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#8 posted 08-27-2012 12:26 PM

Bosch. I will never buy another small hand power tool other than Bosch. I have burned up more Dewalts, PC, Rigids and other light weight hand tools over the years than I care to count. The Bosch line to me is the the best available and that includes the over priced and under styled Festool.

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#9 posted 08-27-2012 01:56 PM

I just bought the Ridgid R2401, but will not receive it until later today. I bought it based primarily on the July 2011 trim router review in FWW. According to FWW, it has all the right features, i.e. a round and square clear sub bases, a LED light, is easy to adjust and change bits and a great price. I have heretofore avoided buying any Ridgid tools so I am certainly no poster-boy for the line. I will use it to round over edges and rout mortises for hinges, etc. FWIW

-- Art

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#10 posted 08-28-2012 11:00 PM

I’ve been wanting to add a trim router to the stable for awhile but it seems that all the smaller ones have bad reviews on durability or construction and the good ones have suffered from power and size bloat. I want one that I can easily control one handed (and I have don’t have gorilla size limbs). My PC690 spends most of it’s time in the table and is a little jumpy to run one handed.

-- Rick M,

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#11 posted 08-28-2012 11:46 PM

Skip the laminate trimmers and go for a DW611…

I have examples of all styles of handhelds, and the 611 is a really useful router.

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