After checking the bit to the wood to make sure our height was set correctly, we decided crank it up and give it a go. We found that the Colt spins to life in a hell of a hurry, so its best to grab a good hold before you kick the switch on. It’s not that the unit is uncontrollable, it’s just that when you turn it on, you just kicked over a 35,000 rpm gyroscope. You can also feel some force near the base that acts against yours, so be sure to keep a good grip on the finger pockets at the base. We found that holding it like this keeps it pressed to the surface of the wood without difficulty.
The only other thing to remember at all times is the direction of the motor’s spin. Much like steering a skidding car, always go into the spin. Bosch has thoughtfully provided an arrow to let you know which way the bit is spinning in case you get turned around.
The Colt’s small size made for easy handling and good control. We were put off by the lack of side handles at first, but the ease of control made it clear that they’re not necessary. Once the Colt hit its hardwood target, there wasn’t any stopping this charging blue pony. It cleanly ripped up oak at almost any speed we cared to push it.
We were impressed all ’round with the Colt. For a palm router, it proved to have considerable power and was very well-mannered in a straight line or around corners. The fit and finish of the motor casing and controls spoke of its high quality feel, and even after we accidentally dropped it off the work bench, the Colt didn’t suffer a scratch.
While it is one if the most expensive palm routers around, you really do get what you pay for. The Colt brings solid, reliable power and is an excellent trim router capable of going the distance in any pro or DIYer’s shop.
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